The Devil’s in the Details

Sep 15, 2013

devils gateAltadena Heritage will hold a public forum to help demystify issues and answer questions about water supply, water quality, and compliance with federal Clean Water Act.

The meeting will be held September 23rd at Altadena Community Center. The panelists include important water people: Chris Stone, L.A. County’s Water Resource Manager and another county roads person; Rich Atwater, Chairman of Foothills Municipal Water District (FMWD); and Tim Brick of the Arroyo Seco Foundation and former chairman of Metropolitan Water District. Local water purveyors including Pasadena are also invited, and most will send representatives.

Even forward-looking people who try to educate themselves are confused about water. The goal is to increase knowledge of and involvement in today’s water issues, including water security and water quality initiatives such as the recently dropped Clean Water, Clean Beaches Act (designed to put L.A. County in compliance with federal regulations.) The focus will be somewhat on Altadena’s position at the top of the inhabited watershed, but on Southern California’s situation as well. The aim is to have people understand local opportunities for management: capture, recharge, and treatment.


Another emphasis will be to clarify who does what regarding water in Los Angeles County, including oversight of public works projects. There is interest in reducing street width on steep north-south roads via the county’s “street diet” program to increase recharge with landscaping and curb cuts to channel storm water runoff into front yards, or to larger open spaces such as Mountain View Cemetery. How can such projects come to Altadena? Will a new version of Clean Water, Clean Beaches provide funds for such top of the watershed projects, or will the focus be on downstream mega projects and beaches?


The county has many laudable best management practices and low-impact development guidelines, which, for a variety of reasons are not followed in all new projects. The idea is to understand the County’s overall goals. How does the Montebello Forebay fit in? What about the move to smaller projects such as one currently underway in the Arroyo Seco, and another proposed by FMWD, and even smaller ones that could suitable for local streets? Are these cost-effective? The panel will help answer questions like this, and clarify interrelationships (or lack of coordination, as case may be) among local water companies, FWMD, the County, and State of California.

The evening will provide a unique opportunity, with people from several jurisdictions in the same room at the same time, to get your water questions answered.

Altadena Heritage: Demystifying Water
Monday, Sept. 23rd, 7 p.m.
Altadena Community Center, 730 E. Altadena Dr., Altadena
For more info, contact Michele Zack at 626.798.9687



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