Big Dig Discussion Takes Over City Council Meeting

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK Trucks are expected to begin removing sediment this Monday, May 13, in connection with the controversial Devil’s Gate Dam project.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
Trucks are expected to begin removing sediment this Monday, May 13, in connection with the controversial Devil’s Gate Dam project.

Several residents this week asked the La Cañada Flintridge City Council for help regarding a number of issues involving the Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project, in which trucks are set to roll this Monday, May 13.
A key question raised at the council’s meeting on Tuesday night was answered in short order. It was announced toward the end of the session that Public Works Director Patrick DeChellis would be the city’s contact person for the Los Angeles County project. Continue reading “Big Dig Discussion Takes Over City Council Meeting”

Big Dig’s Trucks Expected to Roll on May 13

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK The Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project, also known as the Big Dig, is expected to involve hundreds of daily round trips by dozens of diesel trucks.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
The Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project, also known as the Big Dig, is expected to involve hundreds of daily round trips by dozens of diesel trucks.

Trucks used in the Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project will begin rolling on Monday, May 13, a Los Angeles County official said this week — though that’s not etched in stone.
Steve Burger, assistant deputy director of the L.A. County Department of Public Works cited that date while speaking to The Outlook after he and other officials delivered a progress report Tuesday to a gathering at the La Cañada High School auditorium. Burger, who said he has been put in charge of the project known as the Big Dig, had said during the presentation that trucks would start hauling in “mid-May.” Continue reading “Big Dig’s Trucks Expected to Roll on May 13”

County Leaders Approve Air Quality Monitoring Plan for Big Dig

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK  The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors recently approved an air quality monitoring plan for the Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project, also known as the Big Dig, at its regularly scheduled board meeting in Los Angeles.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors recently approved an air quality monitoring plan for the Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project, also known as the Big Dig, at its regularly scheduled board meeting in Los Angeles.

The Big Dig, also known as the Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project, generated news on two fronts recently. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved an air quality monitoring plan for the controversial project, and the local Joint-Use Committee learned that a significant portion of work has been delayed from this month until May.
County supervisors agreed on Tuesday in Los Angeles to retain a consultant to place air quality monitoring devices at the project site and evaluate the data publicly, among other actions. Continue reading “County Leaders Approve Air Quality Monitoring Plan for Big Dig”

Parents Push Forward With ‘Big Dig’ Health Concerns

Parent Elizabeth Krider (left) explains what she thinks is the potential impact to children from the Devil’s Gate reservoir sediment removal project to La Cañada Flintridge Mayor Terry Walker at a recent joint-use committee meeting.
Parent Elizabeth Krider (left) explains what she thinks is the potential impact to children from the Devil’s Gate reservoir sediment removal project to La Cañada Flintridge Mayor Terry Walker at a recent joint-use committee meeting.

A group of La Cañada Unified School District parents is pressing to show the potential impact of the Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project to county, city and school officials, with emphasis on its concerns about pollution and health hazards that could be posed by trucks making hundreds of trips each day. Continue reading “Parents Push Forward With ‘Big Dig’ Health Concerns”

Public Works May Begin ‘Big Dig’ in Fall, Permits Pending

If L.A. County Department of Public Works officials can procure the necessary permits by late-July, they expect work can begin on the Devil’s Gate Reservoir Sediment Removal and Management Project in October, according to George De La O, a senior civil engineer with the Watershed Management Division.
Work to remove 1.7 million cubic yards of sediment — reduced from 2.4 million cubic yards last year by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors — over the course of four years, hinges on four key permits from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Regional Water Quality Control Board and Army Corps of Engineers, De La O said Tuesday at a public informational session at the L.A. River Center and Gardens.
The project’s initial excavation area will be 64 acres, he said, bordered by slopes where vegetation can grow. Continue reading “Public Works May Begin ‘Big Dig’ in Fall, Permits Pending”

Devil’s Gate Dam ‘Big Dig’ Plans Denied

OUTLOOK photo For several years, concerned residents, such as those who gathered at a 2013 protest, have rallied against the county’s plan for removing millions of cubic yards of sediment from behind Devil’s Gate Dam. Opponents advocated for a more moderate plan.
OUTLOOK photo
For several years, concerned residents, such as those who gathered at a 2013 protest, have rallied against the county’s plan for removing millions of cubic yards of sediment from behind Devil’s Gate Dam. Opponents advocated for a more moderate plan.

A coalition of concerned residents last week cheered a judge’s order that, for now, has halted all activity related to the County Flood Control District’s plans aimed at removing 2.4-million cubic yards of sediment from behind the Devil’s Gate Dam.
“Judge James Chalfant’s ruling about the deficiencies in L.A. County’s Big Dig EIR for Hahamongna is a big victory,” the Arroyo Seco Foundation proclaimed on its website. Continue reading “Devil’s Gate Dam ‘Big Dig’ Plans Denied”