After years of litigation, Los Angeles County reached a settlement over the Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project, agreeing to limit the long-term scope of the controversial “Big Dig.”
The settlement, which county supervisors approved Tuesday, requires the county Flood Control District to exclude 14 acres from the project, which has sought to remove up to 1.7 million cubic yards of sediment from behind the dam, according to the agreement.
Additionally, roughly 6 additional acres will be maintained less frequently than other sections of the Hahamongna Watershed Park after the project concludes, decreasing the amount of digging that needs to be done there in future years.
Altogether, the settlement reduces the project area from 70 acres to 50 acres that will need to be maintained. The settlement also limits the county to 220,000 cubic yards of earth dug per year during its maintenance period after the main project ends. Continue reading “County Settles Lawsuit Over Devil’s Gate Dam Project”
Trucks are expected to begin hauling dirt and debris from the Devil’s Gate Dam once again Tuesday, with the controversial “Big Dig” project entering its second year of sediment removal, La Cañada Flintridge City Council members were informed this week.
La Cañada Flintridge 4 Healthy Air co-founder Elizabeth Krider gave the update and applauded councilmembers for their attentiveness to residents’ concerns about how diesel exhaust and dust from the trucks would affect air quality, though she cautioned that work is still needed to be done to ensure standards are enforced and followed.
The project, which aims to remove 1.7 million cubic yards of dirt from behind the dam at Hahamongna Watershed Park in phases across four years to increase flood protection and restore the habitat, sparked concerns from local residents after the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved it in November 2017. Continue reading “City Hears of ‘Big Dig’ Resuming Amid Pandemic Concerns”
Testing of emissions from haul trucks in the controversial Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project, also known as the Big Dig, will not happen this year.
City Councilman Greg Brown announced the news at a Joint Use Committee meeting last week that included members of the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board as well as the council. Brown said the contractor had refused to take part in the tests but Los Angeles County officials were optimistic they could get the issue resolved. Continue reading “Next Testing of Big Dig Trucks Will Be in 2020”
Negotiations continue between the Arroyo Seco Foundation and Pasadena Audubon Society with the Los Angeles County Flood Control District over the Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project, as the sides were recently granted a 90-day extension by a Superior Court judge. Continue reading “Groups, County Still at Odds Over ‘Big Dig’”
A Los Angeles County official said this week that haul trucks used for the Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project would restart on Monday and would be able to use two wheel washers to address dust issues that shut down the diesel vehicles for about three weeks. Continue reading “Big Dig Trucks Due to Restart Monday”
Trucking operations at the controversial Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project, also known as the Big Dig, remain stalled over ongoing dust issues, and the date of the vehicles’ return is not yet known.
L.A. County Public Works Assistant Deputy Director Steve Burger said in a phone interview on Tuesday that officials are working with the contractor to come up with a plan that includes two proposed tire washes at the project’s exit to eliminate dust from the tires of the sediment-hauling trucks. Continue reading “Big Dig Sediment Removal Is Still on Pause”
The monitoring of tailpipe emissions from sediment-hauling trucks at Devil’s Gate Dam is set to arrive in the near future, authorities said recently.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger said in an Aug. 16 news release that she plans to implement the monitoring of the trucks in the wake of discussions between the county and California Air Resources Board. Continue reading “Emission Monitoring Planned for ‘Big Dig’ Trucks”
It will take up to three weeks to install a wheel washer and start a pilot tarping program at the Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project to cut down on dust generated by the sprawling enterprise, a Los Angeles County official said at a meeting this week.
Steve Burger, assistant deputy director of the county Department of Public Works, made the comments about the project, also known as the Big Dig, at a La Cañada Flintridge City Council study session meeting on Tuesday night. Burger said he would also look into other concerns voiced by the council and the public. Continue reading “County Official Briefs Council on Big Dig Dust Control Effort”
The Arroyo Seco Foundation and Pasadena Audubon Society will continue their negotiations with the Los Angeles County Flood Control District over the controversial Devil’s Gate Dam project in the aftermath of a judge’s ruling regarding the nonprofit groups’ December 2017 lawsuit over the so-called Big Dig. Continue reading “Big Dig Court Hearing Continues Oct. 15”
A house party that La Cañada Flintridge leaders suspected would be held Saturday at a Gould Avenue residence, where an earlier bash attracted hundreds of revelers and prompted a response by sheriff’s deputies, has been canceled and refunds issued, an official said on Tuesday at a City Council meeting.. Continue reading “House Party Canceled, but Authorities Will Keep Watch”