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Hahamongna Update: The revised EIR has been released. What happens next?

We need to speak up and tell the Board of Supervisors: Save Hahamongna!

The County Flood Control District has released their revisions to the Final Environmental Impact Report for the "Big Dig" in Hahamongna. The revisions have not addressed our concerns nor changed the size of the project. We need to continue to advocate for a project that is smaller, slower, and safer for the community and for wildlife. More information on the history of the project can be found at savehahamonga.org .

Here are some of the issues:

It's Too Big

The proposed amount of sediment to be removed empties the basin to a level that hasn't existed since the 1920s, just after the Devil's Gate Dam was built. Since the dam was built, about 4 million cubic yards of sediment has been deposited in the reservoir. There have been many small removal projects during that time and, for many decades, the reservoir and dam functioned safely at a level of about 3 million cubic yards of sediment. Complete removal of all sediment, as proposed by the County, is a disruptive and unnecessary plan.
It's Too Fast

Removing all sediment quickly, as proposed by the County, creates big negative impacts for years on local traffic and air quality from hundreds of diesel double-dump truck trips each day.

It's Too Destructive

The Hahamongna Basin contains excellent willow and mulefat habitat that is used by a wide variety of wildlife, including the federally endangered songbird, Least Bell's Vireo. Hahamongna also has great recreational value to the hundreds of equestrians, hikers, runners, naturalists, and summer campers who use it each week.

The County plan proposes a 51-acre "maintenance yard" occupying the entire floor of the basin. These 51 acres would be perpetually maintained as bare dirt. This huge, ugly moonscape will not support wildlife and will block recreation.

What you can do

Donate Funds are needed to continue the legal and lobbying aspects of this fight, in addition to the grassroots support. Donate here .

Go to one of the open houses being held by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works .

Comment on the EIR There is now a 45 day review period which extends until September 18th (Deadline extended). You can still submit comments to:

County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works, Water Resources Division
Attn: Reservoir Cleanouts Program
P.O. Box 1460
Alhambra, CA 91802-1460

Sign this petition and share it with a friend.

Write to the Board of Supervisors

The ultimate decision on the fate of Hahamongna will be made by the County Board of Supervisors.

Kathryn Barger, Fifth District
869 Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 W Temple St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

The fight ain't over yet. We need to be energized and mobilized to continue fighting until we have a plan for Hahamongna that protects important habitat and respects the needs of the community. Thank you for your support!

(posted on behalf of Laura Garrett)