County Settles Lawsuit Over Devil’s Gate Dam Project

Photo courtesy Los Angeles County Public Works
A settlement recently reached between the Los Angeles County Flood Control District and two nonprofits that had sued over environmental issues regarding the Devil’s Gate Dam Project will shrink the 70-acre project by about 14 acres and limit the scope of future maintainance in the area.

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.
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Rattlesnake Bite Injures Dog at Hahamongna Entry, Raising Concerns

Amateur herpetologist Chris DeGroof found and relocated this Southern Pacific rattlesnake, believed to be the one that bit a dog at the entrance of Hahamongna Watershed Park last weekend, just yards away from the parking lot and picnic tables.
Photo courtesy Chris DeGroof
Amateur herpetologist Chris DeGroof found and relocated this Southern Pacific rattlesnake, believed to be the one that bit a dog at the entrance of Hahamongna Watershed Park last weekend, just yards away from the parking lot and picnic tables.

A tranquil jaunt with her two dogs among the shady trees at Hahamongna Watershed Park, just across the street from La Cañada High School, turned into a nightmare on Saturday for local resident Bobbi-Lynn Caparella when her rescue husky was bitten by a venomous snake, just 15 yards from the parking lot. Continue reading “Rattlesnake Bite Injures Dog at Hahamongna Entry, Raising Concerns”

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”

Devil’s Gate Dam Sediment Project to Get Smaller

The so-called “Big Dig” won’t be as big after the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a scaled-down version of the Devil’s Gate Dam Sediment Removal project Tuesday.
Instead of the 2.4 million cubic yards previously approved for removal from the Hahamongna Watershed Park behind the Devil’s Gate Dam, now 1.7 million cubic yards will be scheduled to be removed over a three- to five-year span.
That’s still more than the 1.1 million cubic yards suggested in a plan set forth by the city of Pasadena and championed by environmentalists. Nonetheless, several speakers at Tuesday’s meeting expressed satisfaction about the compromise, which passed 5-0 after being proposed by L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger at Tuesday’s board meeting. Continue reading “Devil’s Gate Dam Sediment Project to Get Smaller”