Candidate for Pasadena City Council District #6, Carolyn Naber has apparently forced County Supervisor Michael Antonovich to ask for a full Environmental Impact Report (EIR) of the proposed removal of 2 million cubic yards of sediment behind Devil's Gate Dam. Although District 6 incumbent Steve Madison states he does not oppose the EIR, he apparently doesn't believe it is necessary nor did he demand an EIR.
The proposed project will involve hundreds of dump trucks transporting sediment through the Arroyo Seco area. The project may make the area behind the dam look like a "moonscape" Naber said.
There could be the possibility of greater percolation of water into the water basin once the layer of sediment and rock is removed, which might result in a "mounding" problem if the Raymond Basin exceeds capacity.
Recently, the County of Los Angeles exercised their rights to remove oak trees on their land in Arcadia for deposit of sediment from its percolation basins along the 610-Freeway. This caused an outrage among environmentalists over bulldozing of oak trees.
Naber apparently caught Madison sleeping on this one. Madison should have formed a task force from his District to make a recommendation on whether the project needed an EIR before proceeding. It's too late for that now. Score a big one for Naber.