Senate Passes Bill to Include Arroyo Seco in Larger Watershed Study Area

Published : Monday, June 4, 2018 | 5:40 AM

The passage of a California Senate bill advances the cause of including the Arroyo Seco Tributary into a larger watershed study in light of ongoing drought conditions.

The bill, SB 1126, authored by Pasadena-area Sen. Anthony J. Portantino, is designed to include the Arroyo Seco Tributary in the Upper Los Angeles River and Tributaries Working Group plan.

The measure passed unanimously on Thursday, May 31, with 39 state senators voting for adoption.

The Arroyo Seco Tributary was initially a connecting link between the San Gabriel Mountains and the Los Angeles River. Under the new measure, the Arroyo Seco Tributary would be included in the working group and watershed education revitalization plan, after it was reportedly inadvertently left out of legislation last year.

The bill is now headed to the State Assembly.

“I have heard from activists like my friend Tim Brick on the need to include the Arroyo Seco Tributary in to the greater watershed study,” Portantino said after the bill passed. “This measure is not only important to our district but to the environmental well-being of the region. Through this legislation I want to make sure the tributary is included and all of communities are well-represented in the process as we move forward.”

Tim Brick is managing director of the Arroyo Seco Foundation, an environmental group.

Portantino introduced the bill in February, with a special urgency clause after noting that low precipitation amounts this year is causing concern among state planners that California may be back in a drought.

Once the bill becomes law, the Upper Los Angeles River and Tributaries Working Group would be authorized to include three members, one each from the cities of Pasadena, South Pasadena and La Cañada Flintridge, “unless their inclusion results in a geographical imbalance of representation,” the bill states.

The bill was approved at the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee in April.

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