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PUBLIC DOCUMENTS

Hard copy versions of these and other documents relating to the Sepulveda Basin
are available for public viewing at the Valley Region Headquarters.

To view the documents, contact  the Water Manager, City of Los Angeles.
818 756 9710

A very good introduction to the Los Angeles River (published by Friends of the Los Angeles River or Folar)
can be found by clicking HERE for a pdf file entitled: Watershed Wonders
All links are viewable .pdf files. Some documents are not complete (include relevant excerpts only)
1990 to date - Minutes of the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Areas Steering Committee

1990 to date - Minutes of the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Areas Consortium

Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Areas Steering Committee Standing Rules (Adopted April 26, 2005; Revised May 23, 2011)

Photo Archive at Cal State Northridge of Sepulveda Basin

 
 

2009 - 2012

 

Sepulveda Basin Master Plan Update

FINAL DOCUMENTS
Sepulveda Dam Master Plan


Maps
Land Use Classification
Existing Recreation and Flood Frequency Contours
Vegetation
Special Status Taxa Occurrences
Real Estate
Restoration Opportunities

Appendices


Master Plan and the EA and appendixes that include the parts most pertinent to wildlife concerns (not including maps)

Click Below to Download Draft PDF's
Sepulveda Dam Master Plan
Land Use Classification Map
Sepulveda Dam Maps
Appendices

Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant In-Plant Storage Project
 
The public notice is available at http://bit.ly/oYT26M
The draft Environmental Assessment is available for review at http://bit.ly/plxiK1.


KAYAKING IN THE L.A. RIVER IN THE SEPULVEDA BASIN


Mayor Villaraigosa (front of canoe) taking a tour along the L.A. River, 2011

Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for a
License for a Non-Motorized Boating Pilot Program on the Los Angeles River, Sepulveda Basin,
Los Angeles County, California

A copy of the final EA/FONSI is available here: http://bit.ly/nr0bPR (5.45MB PDF)

Email to Army Corp from Steve Hartman (SBWASC) and Kris Ohlenkamp (SFV Audubon) regarding bird survey taken July 6, 2011 (July 8, 2011)
click here to view .pdf file

Letter to Army Corp from Sierra Club (July 8, 2011)
click here to view .pdf file


Letter to Army Corp from S.F. Valley Audubon regarding Kayaking in the L.A. River (July 4, 2011)
click here to view .pdf file

Letter to Army Corp from SBWASC regarding Kayaking in the L.A. River (June 30, 2011)
click here to view .pdf file

Letter to Army Corp from S.F. Valley Audubon regarding Kayaking in the L.A. River (June 28, 2011)
click here to view .pdf file

According to an article in the Los Angeles Times by Louis Sahagun (June 25, 2011) there are plans to launch kayak trips along the Los Angeles River.
Find the article at  http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-la-river-20110625,0,5794583.story


Environmental Assessment: License for Pilot Non-Motorized Boating Program within the Los Angeles River, Sepulveda Basin (July 17, 2011)
http://www.spl.usace.army.mil/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1997&Itemid=2

Los Angeles River Non-Motorized Boating Pilot Program Recommendations (March 25, 2011)
City of Los Angeles Inter-Departmental Correspondence
click here to view .pdf file

City Council Motion on Non-Motorized Boating in the L.A. River (August 10, 2010)
click here to view .pdf file

Nesting bird and sensitive-species surveys of sites along the Los Angeles River and tributaries (April 29, 2011)
Cooper Ecological Monitoring
click here to view .pdf file

Recommendations for Near-Term Recreational Access and Use of the Los Angeles River (January 2011)
by Friends of the Los Angeles River
click here to view .pdf file

Navigability and Jurisdiction Evaluation of Los Angeles River Completed

According to a Los Angeles Times article dated July 8, 2010 by Louis Sahagun, U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson declared the entire concrete-lined Los Angeles River channel "traditional navigable waters," a designation crucial to applying Clean Water Act protections throughout its 834-square mile urban watershed. (Click HERE for article). Previously, Dean Wallraff, of the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter Conservation Legal Committee, wrote an article in the August 2009 Southern Sierran entitled California Clean Water Law: Restoring Protections for Wetlands and Impermanent Streams.
The article also featured a map of Permanent and Impermanent Streams near Los Angeles

The EPA Region 9 Office has prepared a two-page summary on the evaluation of jurisdiction and navigability on the Santa Cruz River, AZ and the Los Angeles River. The summary provides some background and outlines specific information categories for public comment.



Report on Non-Native Plants Along the Orange Line Busway in the Sepulveda Basin (3/22/2010)
click here to view .pdf file

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Master Plans and Environmental Assessments LACDA, Santa Ana River and Arizona Basins
Preliminary Draft Resource and Ecosystem Objectives (2/19/2010) 1.5mb .pdf file

Water board moves to enforce ban on trash in L.A. River

Cities along the watershed are required by 2016 to keep all trash out of their storm drains.
Those that don't comply will now be in violation of the federal Clean Water Act.

By Bettina Boxall - December 11, 2009 - Los Angeles Times

Regional water quality officials on Thursday put some teeth into their long campaign to cleanse the Los Angeles River system of the tons of trash that turn it into a movable landfill after major storms. Standards previously adopted by the Los Angeles Water Quality Control Board give cities along the watershed until 2016 to keep all trash out of their storm drains. On Thursday, the board incorporated those limits into storm water permits, putting municipalities that don't meet the requirements in violation of the federal Clean Water Act. Until now there had been no penalty for noncompliance.

"It's taken two decades to get to this point," board vice-chair Madelyn Glickfeld said after the 5-0 vote. "If we hadn't done this today, it would have been a signal" to cities "to relax, guys." During storms, tons of trash and plastic debris wash up in municipal drains that empty into the Los Angeles River and its tributaries. The trash floating at the river's mouth in Long Beach can be so thick that it is hard to see any water. In the unusually wet winter of 2005, Long Beach hauled more than 12,000 tons of garbage out of the river. Much of the trash winds up in the Pacific Ocean, contributing to huge floating garbage patches. Pieces of plastic can wrap around wildlife and kill birds and fish.

Trash was formally identified as a pollution problem in the river in 1996. Five years later, the regional water board adopted standards. But 22 cities sued to overturn the trash limits, saying they would be expensive and difficult to meet. The courts found the board had not performed an adequate environmental impact analysis of the new rules, but otherwise upheld them. After conducting an environmental review, the board readopted the trash standards in 2007. In the meantime, some cities in the watershed, including Los Angeles, started installing screens and collection systems to keep street debris from washing into sewers. Sixteen cities in the watershed recently received $10 million in federal stimulus money to outfit their catch basins. Local officials pointed to progress Thursday. "We have taken trash reduction seriously," said Signal Hill Councilman Larry Forester. Another official showed the board photographs he took after Monday's storm. Parts of the river that have been coated with trash in the past were largely clean.
Local representatives argued that it wasn't necessary to write a target of zero trash discharges into the storm permits, and that doing so would set a burdensome precedent for other pollutants.

bettina.boxall@latimes.com

Senior Park Maintenance Supervisor's Letter Regarding Organized Sports (Jan. 25, 2010)

Three maps from the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works identifying the eleven (11) facilities they maintain within the Sepulveda Basin.
click here to view 662kb .pdf file

The Effects of Dogs on Wildlife, by Tom Chester (April 28, 2005)

Click here to download a 12mb .pdf report entitled "Problems in Paradise - Weed Invasion in the Bull Creek Restoration Project." (June 2009)

Daily News Article about Bull Creek Ecosystem Restoration Project (April 12, 2009)
click here to view 307kb .pdf file

Minutes of Friends of Lake Balboa Meeting (May 28, 2009)
click here to view .pdf file

Photographer Documents Threats to Wildlife

Please click the links below to view images of illegal fishing, swimming, dogs off leash (in the lake too), killing of birds, etc.

The Best Fishing Hole in the Valley Illegal Fishing and Off-Leash Dogs, Coot Killed with Beer Bottle, Rape of the Wildlife Reserve

 
   
     
  2008  
Letter from Congressman Brad Sherman to LA Dept Rec and Park General Manager Jon Mukri
regarding feasibility of Section 1135 projects in Haskell Creek, Woodley Creek, Hayvenhurst Creek and Encino Creek.
click here to view 386kb .pdf file

Southbound I-405 to the westbound US-101 Connector Improvement Project EA199610
click here to view 12.4mb .pdf file

Environmental Assessment  / Initial Study leading to a Negative Declaration
and Finding of No Significant Impact, Final Section 4(f) Evalutaion
click here to view 54.5mb .pdf file

 
   
     
  2007  
  Bull Creek Restoration: Native Plant Extraction, Salvage and Storage; Hydroseeding.
click here to view 23.14mb .pdf file
 
   
   
  2006  
  Sports Complex Facility: Sepulveda Flood Control Basin (Notice of Proposed Activity)
 
   
   
  2005  
  South Fire Access Road, Sepulveda Basin Draft Environmental Assessment.
click here to view 166kb .pdf file

Bull Creek Channel Ecosystem Restoration – Draft Detailed Project Report and Environmental Assessment.
click here to view 124mb .pdf file
Bull Creek Channel Ecosystem Restoration Alternative 4, Oxbow-Concept Design
click here to view 1.07mb .pdf file
California Native Plant Society Letter (September 12, 2005)
click here to view 1.29mb .pdf file
San Fernando Valley Audubon Society Letter (September 4, 2005)
click here to view 3.95mb .pdf file
The River Project Letter (September 13, 2005)
click here to view 2.13mb .pdf file
 
   
   
  2002 - 2003  
 

Sepulveda Basin Treatment Wetlands Park (Revised Draft Concept Design Report, May 2003)
click here to view 29.75mb .pdf file

Proposed Sepulveda Wetlands Park (Project Overview)
click here to view 10.75mb .pdf file

San Fernando Valley Audubon Society Letter (March 7, 2002)
click here to view 3.73mb .pdf file

California Native Plant Society Letter (May 13, 2002)
click here to view 8.72mb .pdf file

Canada Goose Project Letter (April 18, 2002)
click here to view2.48mb .pdf file

 
   
   
  2001  
  Burbank Boulevard Trunk Line Draft Environmental Assessment.
click here to view 19.85mb .pdf file
 
   
  2000  
  Los Angeles River – Clearing Vegetation White Oak to Burbank Blvd. Environmental Assessment
click here to view 17.1mb .pdf file
 
     
  1999  
  Bull Creek – Section 1135 Preliminary Restoration Plan
click here to view 24.5mb .pdf file
 
   
   
  1995
 
  Draft Supplement 1 to the 1981 Sepulveda Basin Master Plan including Draft Environmental Assessment
click here to view 42.40mb .pdf file

Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Park

Final Concept Plan Design Narrative - click here to view 3606mb .pdf file

Exhibit 2 - Overview showing features and plant communities - click here to view 1.3kb .pdf file
Exhibit 3 - Overview staging area, restrooms, amphitheatre - click here to view 1.1kb .pdf file
Exhibit 4 - Viewing Areas - click here to view 1.1kb .pdf file

Conceptual Master Plan Landscape Revegetation Concepts Public Workshop
click here to view 15.2mb .pdf file

Conceptual Master Plan Design Narrative
click here to view 19.75mb .pdf file

California Native Plant Society Letter (May 16, 1995) regarding the Conceptual Master Plan
click here to view 5.81mb .pdf file

 
   
     
  1994
 
  Conceptual Management Plan for the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Area
click here to view 90.15mb .pdf file

Arundo and Exotic Weed Removal Within Bull Creek, Sepulveda Dam Flood Control Basin.
click here to view 22.45mb .pdf file

Executive Order - Environmentally and Economically Beneficial Practices on Federal Landscaped Grounds
click here to view 1.27mb .pdf file

 
   
   
  1993
 
  Sepulveda Dam Basin Urban Wildlife Refuge Workshop
click here to view 12.57mb .pdf file

Conceptual Wildlife Management Plan for the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Management Area
click here to view 8.73mb .pdf file

Wildlife Management Alternatives
click here to view 1.7mb .pdf file

Progress Report Los Angeles River Master Plan
56.2mb .pdf file

 
   
   
  1991
 
  Tillman Water Reclamation Plant Flood Protection Project – Final Negative Declaration and Environmental Assessment
133.5mb .pdf file

Los Angeles River Task Force Brainstorming Sessions - 1990 through 1991
25.3mb .pdf file

Urban Refuge Policy (U.S. Dept of the Interior)
click here to view .pdf file

1990
Sepulveda Dam Basin Wildlife Area (North) Plant Revegetation Analysis
click here to view.pdf file

 
     
     
  1987  
  Final Environmental Assessment – Sepulveda Recreation Lake and Wildlife Area
click here to view 171.24mb .pdf file

Public Recreational Use Plan Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Area
click here to view 10.69mb .pdf file
 
   
     
  1986  
  Sublease and Operating Agreement for Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Area
click here to view 42.5mb .pdf file


Sepulveda Wildlife Reserve Design with Marsh
click here to view .pdf file
 
     
     
  1980  
  Sepulveda Basin Master Plan and Final Environmental Impact Report / Statement
click here to view 52.15mb .pdf file
 
   
  1966
ACOE Real Estate Lease to City of Los Angeles  click here to view 927kb .pdf file

Outgrant to City of Los Angeles for Recreational Purposes (Exhibit B)  click here to view 1277kb .pdf file
Exhibit B-1 click here to view 452kb .pdf file
Exhibit C click here to view 544kb .pdf file
Exhibit D click here to view 125kb .pdf file
Supplemental Agreement No. 1 click here to view 125kb .pdf file
Supplemental Agreement No. 2 click here to view 595kb .pdf file
[Supplemental Agreement No. 3 is dated January 5, 1972 and deleted 15.32 acres from the City's leased area
for a Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Training Center.]


Real Estate Outgrant to City of Los Angeles for Recreation Purposes BLUEPRINTS - 26 April 1966
Blueprint Exhibit A click here to view 884kb .pdf file
Blueprint Exhibit A-1 click here to view 603kb .pdf file
Blueprint Exhibit A-2 click here to view 591kb .pdf file

 
 
   
   
  Papers on Riparian Restoration and Revegetation Projects Relevant to the Sepulveda Dam Basin  
   
  General Interest  
     
  Forward to California Riparian Systems
A. Starker Leopold. 1983
click here to view 20mb .pdf file

California Riparian Forests: Deciduous Islands in an Evergreen Sea
Glen Holstein. 1981
click here to view 20mb .pdf file


Environmental Resource Conservation: Riparian System Enhancement Through Water Reclamation
Ronald LaRosa. 1981

click here to view 4.7mb .pdf file

The Preservation and Restoration of Riparian Resources in Conducting Flood Control Activities
William M. Lockard and Richard A. Burgess. 1981
click here to view 18.1mb .pdf file

Vegetation of the Santa Ana River and Some Flood Control Implications
Ted L. Hanes. 1981
click here to view 5.3mb .pdf file

Riparian Restoration Planning in Southern California What's Missing?
Keith B. Macdonald, Harold A. Wier, Julie M. Vanderwier and Michael U. Evans.
click here to view 8.3mb .pdf file

 
     
  Revegetation  
     
  The Esthetics of Native Plant Revegetation
Art Tyree. 1984
click here to view 3.78mb .pdf file

Plant Design Inventory Techniques for Modeling the Restoration of Native Riparian Landscapes
Kerry J. Dawson. 1981
click here to view 4.91mb .pdf file

The Role of Vegetation in an Integrated Pest Management Approach to Levee Management
Sheila Daar, William Klitz, and William Olkowski. 1981
 click here to view 6mb .pdf file

Los Coches Mitigation Area: A Case Study in Native Plant Revegetation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District
Raina Fulton. 1987
click here to view 5.24mb .pdf file

Revegetation in the Sepulveda Wildlife Reserve: A Seven Year Summary
Emilia Parra-Szijj. 1989
click here to view 13.73mb .pdf file

Growth of Stipa pulchra in Experimental Field Conditions
Emilia A. Parra. 1987
click here to view 7.65mb .pdf file

California Department of Transportation Riparian Restoration Projects in San Diego County
John P. Reiger. 1987
click here to view 7.13mb .pdf file

 
   
  Target Species  
     
  Riparian Forest as Habitat for the Least Bell's Vireo
M. Violet Grey and James M. Greaves. 1981
click here to view 6.2mb .pdf file

High Quality Restoration of Riparian Ecosystems
Karthryn Baird. 1989
click here to view 5.7mb .pdf file

The Status of Wintering Canada Geese at Quail Hill
Robin Butler. 1989
click here to view 6.5mb .pdf file

Management of the Wintering Foraging Habitat for Canada Geese at Quail Hill
Peter A. Bowler, Fred M. Roberts Jr.,  and John Simon
click here to view 6.8mb .pdf file
 

 
   
   
 

 
   
   
   
   
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