Devil's Gate Reservoir Restoration Project

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The Devil's Gate Reservoir Restoration Project is a four-year effort to increase flood protection for communities downstream of Devil's Gate Dam and restore habitat within a popular section of the Arroyo Seco Watershed.

Los Angeles County Public Works will remove 1.7 million cubic yards of sediment from the reservoir immediately behind the nearly 100-year-old dam. In addition to providing flood relief to communities that have endured nearly a decade of elevated flood risk along the Arroyo Seco, the project will establish a permanent stormwater maintenance area that allows for the creation of 70 acres of enhanced habitat and recreational opportunities for local communities.

Update: 6/6/19

Notice: Summer haul route begins Thursday June 6, 2019 and ends mid-August.

Beginning Thursday, June 6, LA County Public Works will transition to the Summer haul route with all haul trucks accessing the I-210 Freeway using Berkshire Place/Oak Grove Drive in La Cañada Flintridge. The Summer haul route will balance truck traffic between the communities of Pasadena and Altadena on the east side of the reservoir and La Cañada Flintridge on the west side. For more information on the project, please visit the project website at DevilsGateProject.com, email Public Works at DevilsGateProject.com, email Public Works at devilsgateproject@dpw.lacounty.gov or call the Devil’s Gate Hotline at (626) 458-2507.

Update: 5/24/19

Week 1 Update

Public Works began sediment removal at Devil’s Gate Reservoir on Tuesday May 21, 2019 with the goal of establishing a community-first construction plan that limits truck impacts, monitors air quality and engages community stakeholders.

To date, up to 63 trucks have made over 1,000 trips, removing more than 12,500 cubic yards of sediment.

South Coast Air Quality Management District inspectors have been on-site and results from the six air quality monitors have been good. The air quality reports are available for public review at Devilsgateproject.com.

Representatives from the cities of La Cañada, Pasadena and the community of Altadena have been monitoring the project site and are providing feedback on issues concerning fugitive dust. Public Works is monitoring and addressing fugitive dust and has added additional street sweepers and water trucks.

Public Works also plans to host a series of "check in" meetings with cities, schools, and community organizations next week to recap the first week of operations and address any concerns.

For more information, please visit the project website at DevilsGateProject.com, email Public Works at devilsgateproject@dpw.lacounty.gov or call the Devil’s Gate Hotline at (626) 458-2507.

Update: 5/20/19

Notice: Sediment removal at Devil’s Gate Reservoir to begin on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, weather permitting.

Weather forecasts predict light rainfall tomorrow that should not impact operations. LA County Public Works will continue to monitor the weather and provide updates as they become available. For more information on the project, please visit the project website at DevilsGateProject.com, email Public Works at devilsgateproject@dpw.lacounty.gov or call the Devil’s Gate Hotline at (626) 458-2507.

Update: 5/19/19

Due to an updated weather forecast predicting rain throughout Sunday evening, the start of hauling for the Devil’s Gate Reservoir Restoration Project has been postponed until at least Tuesday morning. LA County Public Works will continue to monitor the weather and provide updates as they become available.

UPDATE: 5/17/19

Notice: Sediment removal at Devil’s Gate Reservoir to begin on Monday, May 20, 2019, weather permitting.

Los Angeles County Public Works has been actively planning for a more sustainable Devil's Gate Reservoir. To achieve balance between restoring flood protection to downstream communities and preserving the natural resources of the Hahamongna Watershed, Public Works will remove 1.7 million cubic yards of sediment over 4 years from the reservoir behind Devil’s Gate Dam. In addition to providing flood relief to downstream communities that have endured nearly a decade of elevated flood risk, the restoration project will create over 70 acres of enhanced habitat for wildlife.

Public Works is currently working with the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) on installing air quality monitors around the project site; all air quality monitors will be installed and operational before trucking activity begins. Additionally, trucks used to haul sediment are undergoing tests and results show trucking activity will contribute less than 0.6% of daily local NOx emissions, 0.2% of daily local PM10 emissions, and 0.4% of daily local PM2.5 emissions. Public Works also recently retested the sediment in the reservoir and found it was non-hazardous and had no traces of Glyphosate (Roundup).

For more information on the project, please visit the project website at DevilsGateProject.com, email Public Works at devilsgateproject@pw.lacounty.gov or call the Devil’s Gate Project Hotline at (626) 458-2507.

Update: 5/15/19

Los Angeles County Public Works is working to provide the community with the most current and accurate information as it becomes available. A number of new documents have been recently uploaded onto the project website ( devilsgateproject.com ), under Resources. Many of these are living documents, and will be updated as more information becomes available and the project progresses. We encourage the community to explore the project website and resources available and let us know if you have any comments or questions.

Update: 2/20/19

Storm Debris Removal at Devils Gate Reservoir

MAINTENANCE ACTIVITY

Los Angeles County Public Works is removing recent storm debris from Devils Gate Reservoir. This is routine facility maintenance and not part of the Devils Gate Reservoir Restoration Project. The debris removal is necessary to safeguard downstream communities by maintaining operability of Devils Gate Dam and maximize storage capacity in the reservoir. Once removed, this debris will be transported to Scholl Canyon Landfill in the City of Glendale.

Storm Debris Removal at Devils Gate Reservoir

DATE/TIME

County crews will begin hauling on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. Hauling operations will be limited to 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, for approximately 2 weeks. Additional debris removal work inside the reservoir may take place on weekends.

RESIDENT SUPPORT

LA County appreciates your patience and understanding during storm season. If you have questions about maintenance activities or would like to report a concern, contact Public Works Dispatch at (800) 675-HELP (4357).

Update: 11/26/18

Los Angeles County Public Works has been actively planning for a more sustainable Devil's Gate Reservoir. In an effort to achieve balance between restoring flood protection to downstream communities and preserving the natural resources of the Hahamongna Watershed, Public Works will remove 1.7 million cubic yards of sediment over 4 years from the reservoir behind Devil’s Gate Dam. In addition to providing flood relief to downstream communities that have endured nearly a decade of elevated flood risk, the restoration project will create over 70 acres of enhanced habitat for wildlife.

Habitat restoration activities have already started on the perimeter of the reservoir with the removal of non-native and invasive plant species within the Habitat Restoration Areas. In an effort to minimize the impact to the community, LA County Public Works in coordination with the Contractor, Griffith Company, are waiting to start initial construction activities until after the Thanksgiving holiday. Initial construction activities include vegetation removal from within the sediment excavation footprint and access road construction, with the sediment removal and hauling starting in April 2019. Starting the week of November 26, 2018, you will see equipment on-site and construction activities beginning, trails will be temporarily closed during weekdays, but open on the weekends. For more information you can view the Project Fact Sheet here.

Update: 10/9/18

LA County Public Works is prepared to start work on the Devil's Gate Reservoir Restoration Project within the upcoming month. The first phase of the Project involves the restoration of over 70 acres of invasive vegetation with native habitat.

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