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Pasadena Takes Step Towards Hahamongna Sports Field

The Pasadena Star-News reports that the city has approved a contract to remove sediment from the Devil's Gate Dam with the goal of using it to build a field.

The City of Pasadena approved a contract this week to begin environmental analysis of a plan to haul sediment out of the Devil's Gate Dam, according to a report in the Pasadena Star-News.

The first phase of the contract will be to analyze the sediment removal, and the second phase will be to evaluate the prospects of using that sediment to expand a sports field in the Sycamore Grove area of the park, according to the Star-News.

Pasadena has long been embroiled in a conflict over whether to build sports fields in the area and in 2010, a sharply-divided Council failed to get the votes to approve three sports fields in the area, leaving just one field in the plan.

Local open space advocates have continually argued against any incursion into open space in the area and have steadfastly opposed the sports fields.

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True Freedom October 20, 2011 at 06:29 PM
I like how this article comes out at the same time we're talking about creating a parcel tax to clean up our watersheds. I'm guessing there will be a non-negligible amount of fertilizer run-off, pesticides (for rodents, moles, etc) into the watershed if these fields are approved. Sounds like a bad idea to me. We've got plenty of soccer fields around town.
Petrea Burchard October 20, 2011 at 07:07 PM
It's a shame the City of Pasadena would build in our watershed when our own officials know better. In an article for the Fall 2011 West Pasadena Residents Association Newsletter, Nancy Long, Pasadena Water and Power Conservation Manager, says, "future droughts are inevitable. With Southern California's water supply uncertain, we can't afford to waste it." Steve Scauzillo recently reported in the Pasadena Star-News that cities all around us are seeking to buy water elsewhere because the Metropolitan Water District can no longer supply it. Ken Manning, who heads the Main San Gabriel Basin Water Quality Authority says, "You can't rely on [the MWD] to supply the water you need anymore." http://bit.ly/pzLTWX That's because the MWD relies on the Colorado River and the Colorado River is running dry. http://bit.ly/rl9aqJ This month's Westways Magazine has a story about LA basin communities working to conserve the Los Angeles River, of which the Arroyo Seco is a tributary. At this moment, Pasadena is contriving to pollute it. There's nothing wrong with soccer fields. They just don't belong in a watershed. Those who built the Rose Bowl and the Devil's Gate can be forgiven. They didn't know we'd face water scarcity for the foreseeable future. We know better.
Petrea Burchard October 21, 2011 at 05:30 PM
In the Star-News yesterday, the Monk Hill Treatment Plant: http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/news/ci_19157379 All that money, all those years, all that wrangling to get clean water in the Hahamongna basin. And they're going to turn around and pollute it again by building an athletic field.

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