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Petition to Members of the LA County Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Kathryn Barger

Save HAHAMONGNA Watershed for the FUTURE! It’s Still a Big Dig and We Still Say NO!

Supervisor Kathryn Barger and the LA County Board of Supervisors, We thought we had won a victory last November when your Board voted to substantially modify and reduce the Flood Control District's Big Dig program for Hahamongna Watershed / Devil's Gate Dam Sediment Removal Project, agreeing to decrease by 30% the amount of soil and habitat to be excavated and trucked away from behind Devil’s Gate Dam.  But LA County Public Works is defying this agreement and pushing forward with their original plan to dig up and remove 70 acres of habitat, with work set to begin in November of this year. Excavating 70 acres will turn our watershed with its rare riparian habitat into a crater, devoid of life. The community strongly opposes what is still the BIG DIG!  Hahamongna Watershed in the Arroyo Seco is the key connecting corridor linking the San Gabriel Mountains to Downtown Los Angeles, providing water, sediment, habitat and wildlife to the entire LA River system through the Arroyo Seco. Its rich riparian resources are too valuable to be turned into a maintenance area for the Flood Control District. We implore the County Supervisors to enforce the agreement made last November by working with the community to develop a slow, steady sediment removal plan that reduces the amount of acreage to be excavated and the other negative impacts by 30%. The plan should be resilient, informed by science and work to: re-establish the natural systems that make the Arroyo Seco one of the key tributaries to the LA River. It should protect the wildlife corridor and habitat for endangered species, such as the Least Bell’s Vireo, and save the trees that absorb CO2, diminishing the greenhouse effect and improving air quality. A slow, steady sediment removal plan would also reduce the impact of noise, dust, and traffic and air pollution on surrounding communities and provide flood protection that works with nature instead of against it.  Please work with us to Save Hahamongna for future generations.  Save the Arroyo Seco Hahamongna Watershed:  It’s Still a Big Dig! And We Still Say NO! SIGN THE PETITION: --->>> CLICK HERE Stay up to date at:  SaveHahamongna.org ================================= SEND YOUR COMMENTS TO THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TODAY! PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD ENDS JULY 12TH:  CLICK HEREThe US Army Corps of Engineers has issued a public notice regarding their permit for the Devil's Gate Sediment Mining and Trucking program, aka the Big Dig. They invite all those who are concerned about Hahamongna to make comments regarding the project and the USACE's responsibiIlity to protect the environment. ================================ The Hahamongna Watershed is a rare spot in the Arroyo Seco at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains where the mountainous watershed meets the urban plain. Periodically floods roar into this basin. Bounded on the north by the mountains and Jet Propulsion Laboratory and on the south by Devil's Gate Dam. Hahamongna contains five unique habitat zones that only exist in alluvial canyons near the mountains. Most sites like this in Southern California have been destroyed.  Don't let the Hahamongna Watershed go the way of other lost environmental treasures in Southern California. The Meaning of Hahamongna:The word means "Flowing Waters, Fruitful Valley" in the native Tongva language. Threats to HahamongnaIt's the most precious environmental zone in our region, but it's under attack again. A massive sediment and habitat removal program of the County of Los Angeles will strip the basin of its rare riparian and alluvial scrub habitat and a vital corridor for wildlife. What's wrong with the Big Dig: CLICK HERE The Sustainable Plan for Hahamongna: CLICK HERE Riparian HabitatMuch of Hahamongna Watershed consists of a riparian zone, a region of direct interaction between terrestrial and stream systems. This zone directly influences the Arroyo Seco stream channel and eco-system. The riparian wetlands, which occur on the edge of the steam, feature woody vegetation such as white alder, cottonwood, and willow. Riparian habitats are characterized by lush vegetation and a rich diversity of species. Elderberries, wild rose, and blackberries grow beneath willow, oak, laurel, sycamore and cottonwood trees. Songbirds, woodpeckers, hawks, owls, frogs, snakes, skunks, raccoon, coyote and deer thrive here. The healthy riparian corridor through Hahamongna once was critical habitat for salmon, steelhead trout and other anadromous fish. Today trout still swim in the mountains just north of Hahamongna. Freshwater Marsh HabitatIn the southern part of the Hahamongna basin, flow from Flint Canyon and the western portion of the Arroyo Seco watershed has established a lovely pond or freshwater marsh. Freshwater marsh habitat grows in and near ponds, low lying areas that accumulate runoff and slow-moving segments of streams. This pond is vegetated mostly with herbaceous plants, predominantly cattails, sedges, and rushes. Freshwater marshes have mineral soils that are less fertile than those of salt marshes but exhibit a greater variety of plant species. Alluvial Scrub HabitatHahamongna is a canyon and flood basin consisting of the silt, sand, gravel, rocks and similar material deposited by the Arroyo Seco stream as it descends from the mountains. These alluvial canyons are particularly rare in Southern California. Most have been severely degraded by development and other human activity. The Hahamongna Watershed is a particularly good example of alluvial fan sage scrub habitat, a Mediterranean shrubland type that occurs in washes and on gently sloping alluvial fans. Alluvial scrub is made up predominantly of drought-deciduous soft-leaved shrubs, but with significant cover of larger perennial species generally found in chaparral. Alluvial scrub typically is composed of scale broom, white sage, redberry, California buckwheat, Spanish bayonet, California croton, cholla, tarragon, yerba santa, mule fat, and mountain-mahogany. Riversidean Alluvial Fan Sage Scrub, such as that found at Hahamongna, is the most threatened of Coastal Sage Scrub associations with less than 15,000-acres remaining worldwide ... making it more endangered than ancient redwood forests of the Pacific Northwest and tropical rainforests. California ChaparralThe slopes of Hahamongna are crowded with chaparral, a shrubland or heathland plant community found primarily in California and in the northern portion of the Baja California peninsula, Mexico. It is shaped by a Mediterranean climate (mild, wet winters and hot dry summers) and wildfire. Similar plant communities are found in the four other Mediterranean climate regions around the world, including the Mediterranean Basin (where it is known as maquis), central Chile (where it is called matorral), South African Cape Region (known there as fynbos), and in Western and Southern Australia. A typical chaparral plant community consists of densely-growing evergreen scrub oaks and other drought-resistant shrubs. It often grows so densely that it is all but impenetrable to large animals and humans. This, and its generally arid condition, makes it notoriously prone to wildfires. Although many chaparral plant species require some fire cue (heat, smoke, or charred wood) for germination, chaparral plants are not "adapted" to fire per se. Rather, these species are adapted to particular fire regimes involving season, frequency, intensity and severity of the burn. Oak WoodlandCalifornia oak woodland is a plant community found throughout the California chaparral and woodlands ecoregion of California and northwestern Baja California. Oak woodland is widespread at lower elevations in coastal California, interior valleys of the Coast Ranges, and in a ring around the California Central Valley grasslands. The dominant trees are oaks, interspersed with other broadleaf and coniferous trees, with an understory of grasses, herbs, geophytes, and shrubs. Oak savannas occur where the oaks are more widely spaced. The Oak woodlands of Southern California and coastal Northern California are dominated by Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia), but also include Valley Oak (Q. lobata), California Black Oak (Q. kelloggii), Canyon live oak (Q. chrysolepis), and other California oaks. Hahamongna also includes Englemann oaks, a distinctive cousin of the Blue Oak that was called the Pasadena Oak by the early settlers of our region. The Hahamongna to Tujunga Wildlife Corridor Initiative of the Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy and has a goal of linking the San Gabriel Mountains at Hahamongna Watershed Park to the San Gabriels at Big Tujunga Wash for wildlife passage through the San Rafael Hills and the Verdugo Mountains, a 20-mile long Corridor. A successful project will bring to life 2,400 acres of habitat in the San Rafaels and 11,000 acres in the Verdugos by connecting them with the 700,000-acre Angeles National Forest in the San Gabriels. Wildlife can then live in these urban hills with ready access to others of their species in the abundant range of the San Gabriels, assuring genetic diversity.

Save Hahamongna Watershed
3,814 supporters
Started 7 days ago

Petition to President Rodrigo Duterte

No to Kaliwa Dam!

AN URGENT LETTER TO  PRESIDENT RODRIGO DUTERTE WHO IS BEING MANIPULATED BY HIS ADVISERS TO SIGN THE CONTRACT FOR THE KALIWA DAM PROJECT WITH  CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING ON NOVEMBER 11, 2018 Dear Mr. President: If you really care for our country, you will NOT SIGN THE Agreement FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE KALIWA DAM for the following COMPELLING reasons: 1. IT WILL PLACE 100,000 LIVES IN DANGER. While Manila is now preparing for the Big One earthquake of the Marikina West Valley Fault, the proposed 60-meter Kaliwa Dam will be constructed within a zone of two active tectonics represented by the Philippine Fault Zone and the Valley Fault System. The Agos Dam site is located only 7-8 kilometers from the Philippine Fault Zone (Infanta Fault). In case an active fault is nearby the proposed dam site, two major problems can occur and will greatly affect the design of the proposed structures, namely: 1.) seismicity caused by the earthquakes occurring in active fault zone; and 2.) deformation in dam-foundation caused by the movement of active faults. Most of the proposed dam sites would be subject to high peak acceleration and are exposed to generally high degree of seismicity. Along the Philippine Fault, there were many large-scale earthquakes that were recorded in the past and the relative movement of 6 cm was observed in the period of 1991 to 1993. It can be said that the Philippine Fault Zone has a potential to cause very high seismic activity, as what have been recorded in the July 18, 1880 earthquake where the old churches of Infanta, Mauban (both in Quezon province) and Manila Cathedral were devastated (Page 3-11 of the The 2003 results of JICA study “The Study on Water Resources Development for Metro Manila in the Republic of the Philippines”). ”Even with its best technology, Japan was caught flat-footed with its 2011 earthquake”.   2. IT VIOLATES THE LAW. To sign the bilateral loan agreement thru ODA for the Kaliwa Dam Project would essentially violate R.A. 8173 and R.A. 7586. Up until now there is no Free, Prior and Informed Consent ever given by the Dumagat-Remontados for this construction as required by R. A. 8173. Neither has there been an Environmental Compliance Certificate as required by R.A. 7586 and yet your advisers have scheduled the signing on November 11, 2018. 3. IT IS A DEBT TRAP. By refusing to be transparent on the Kaliwa Dam despite your Freedom of Information E.O. 2, your advisers have effectively prevented a solidly based scientific study of the Dam. For all their rhetoric your advisers are paving the way to a debt trap. They are simply duplicating Sri Lanka’s Hambantota airport and seaport experience during the dictatorship of Mahinda Rajapaksa. Both airport and seaport became liabilities so much so that Sri Lanka had to lease the seaport for 99 years. Malaysia’s newly elected Mahatir has cancelled projects with China to avoid being trapped.   4. IT IS IGNORES THE IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE. The collapse of the dams in Vietnam and in Myanmar a few months ago, the Itogon tragedy, the landslide in Naga City, Cebu and the most recent incident in Natonin, Mountain Province are enough signs that the impact of climate change can no longer be ignored. These should teach the Philippines to listen to the recommendation of the World Commission on Dams not to build big dams anymore. 5. THE PHILIPPINES IS FLOODED WITH RAIN WATER. PROMOTE THE FORESTS, NOT DAM PROJECTS. The proposed NCWS-Kaliwa Dam Project will inundate 291 hectares of forest from the 9,800-hectare forest in Infanta Kaliwa Watershed, including the sacred site of Dumagat-Remontado in the areas of Tinipak in Brgry. Daraitan, Tanay, Rizal. Kaliwa Dam also plans to get 600 MLD (Million Liters per Day) of water in the Kaliwa river thru embarkment dam of 60 meters high, transported via conveyance tunnel with 4 meters in diameter to Tanay & Antipolo Water Treatment Plants. This will greatly affect irrigation system that sustainably supports Infanta rice granary and it  will dry up aquifers supplying ground-water source for Infanta Quezon Water District (IQWD) servicing its populace. Construction of Big Dams are not the only answer to the impending water crisis in Metro Manila, there are many other sustainable options. Why not fund the protection and rehabilitation of our degraded watersheds and existing dams, and not the construction of another big dams? It is good news for the environment and can save us from global warming, but bad news for the investors who only want profits at the expense of massive deforestation and community dislocations. The government can also mandate rain water collection modules and water conservation measures, especially for the households and big subdivisions / condominiums, as well as companies, industries, factories and hotel operators within the Metro Manila, instead of spending billions for dams  without the assurance of success.

Green Convergence Philippines
5,382 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to California Governor

Stop punishing California Residents. The water problem is YOUR FAULT!

We have done our part. We have installed water saving toilets, shower-heads, sprinklers, faucets, etc. We have reduced our water consumption dramatically and are paying exorbitant fees for water and taxes. Enough is enough!  On the other hand, YOU have done nothing to prepare the State for water shortages and increased population. Blaming the weather is flatout irresponsible. You had plenty of warning. Our water system is old and not capable of sustaining growth or lack of rain. 1. Time for YOU to get to work. Find ways to bring water to the State: Water desalinization – Better, efficient, solar-powered technology is available now. The biggest ocean in the world is right next to us.  Waterpipe from Oregon/Washington States. The Columbia River dumps millions of gallons of water to the ocean everyday. Find a way to buy that water and build a pipeline to supply our aqueducts.  Talented American engineers are working in the Middle East turning deserts into tropical paradises. Consult with them. The technology is available. 2. Every action has an Equal and Opposite Reaction! Your mandate for us to cut our water usage by 25% will have serious and irreversible effects to our Eco-system:  We spent years planting trees, grass and plants, making our cars more efficient and reducing pollution to clean our air quality. We can’t go back to pollution.  Air quality and greenhouse gases will create a man-made climate change. By reducing the irrigation of our gardens, we will be killing our grass, plants and trees. This will reduce the amount of oxygen producing organisms and increase our CO2 levels affecting our greenhouse gases, damaging our air quality and increasing the number of people suffering from respiratory and pulmonary diseases. Reduced production of healthy California produce:  You are asking farmers to decrease their water usage. This will also reduce the amount of produce grown in California and kill our farming industry. The unacceptable alternative would be to import produce from China and other non-FDA regulated countries that use dangerous pesticides and fertilizers. You will seriously harm our health! California is one of the most beautiful states in the Nation. By destroying our gardens and trees, our property values will decrease. This will have negative consequences by reducing the amount the State and local municipalities collect in taxes. The reduced consumption or water will increase water pressure and instability in the old pipes and infrastructure in our larger cities. Bursts underground pipes waste more water per minute than the water we could “save” by reducing our water usage in weeks. Your punishing actions and unacceptable mediocrity are driving people away from California. STOP! 3. Money is NOT an issue: You have budgeted billions of dollars to build a high-speed train, support entitlements for undocumented workers and unnecessary government projects and bureaucracy.  This is an EMERGENCY. Re-allocate funds to get water into our States NOW! The State is collecting unprecedented and unfair amounts of money in the “Global Warming Tax”.  Use this money to prevent further global warming. We need our plants, trees and grass to reduce CO2 levels and prevent further climate change. Initiate investigations into corruption, nepotism and waste of resources in ALL of the State’s water agencies.  For example: Do we really need over 5,000 people making over $130,000 per year in salary in the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power?  200 of them make over $250,000 per year.  This is flat out corruption! 4. Mediocrity is UNACCEPTABLE:  California is the world leader when it comes to innovation, technology and human progress. We have some of the best research universities in the world like Caltech, USC, Stanford, Berkeley and others. Some of the best technology companies and the brightest minds in the world are headquartered in California.  Start an immediate program to fund research and solutions for the water mismanagement problem. Bring engineers and consultants from Israel to train our farmers on the water utilization techniques they use. Just like Space X did it for space travel, create a State-funded contest and with a prize of $10 million dollars to the entity or individual that can find better solutions.  With all these resources at your disposal, it is just impossible to believe that the only solution you can find is to further punish the citizens for your mistakes and lack of action. Get off your comfortable seats and comfy offices and GET TO WORK! Time to act and work for US, the people that pay your salaries, the citizens of California! 

John Paul N
69,615 supporters