South Gate’s $20 million Urban Orchard Project could be local model for species recovery

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The Arroyo Chub is one of the native species that The City of South Gate and The Trust for Public Land will raise after the completion of the $20 million Urban Orchard Project. ( courtesy UC Davis)

Another sign of hope for the LA River, turning an abandoned lot into a fishery for arroyo chub and rainbow trout.

One question: Where will the trout go once they’ve been raised? The water temperature is way too hot to return them to the river. Here’s the full story from the Los Angeles Times.

The city of South Gate plans to transform a weedy and rutted field overlooking an industrialized stretch of the Los Angeles River into a sylvan retreat boasting a nursery for rare native fish that thrived before the explosive growth of Southern California after World War II.

The $20-million Urban Orchard Project is slated to sprout on 7 acres of undeveloped city property sandwiched between the 710 Freeway and the river and surrounded by electrical power-line towers, truck yards, mobile homes, manufacturing plants and some of the most densely populated neighborhoods in the state.

 

See you on the river, Jim Burns

Calendar Item: Join TU and Heal the Bay for Bowtie cleanup, Saturday, Sept. 21

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Greetings, Fisherfolks!

I wanted to invite you to join in cleaning up our local fishing spot, the Bowtie Parcel at the LA River State Park. We’re working in conjunction with Heal the Bay to clean up our local waterways and we need help in conserving our local spots.

We’ll be gathering at the Bowtie Parcel at 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 21, and we’ll provide the stuff necessary to get it done. Bring a friend with you and please sign up for the cleanup on Eventbright by clicking on the image below.

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Once again, CHUM, Southern California’s “KILLerist” surf band is confirmed to play the entire cleanup.

As an added bonus, get there early on the 21st and go fishing.

So if you want to sharpen your skills and enjoy a day on the water, bring your fishing poles and we’ll have some fun.

See you on the river, Bob Blankenship, Trout Unlimited, South Coast Chapter

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CHUM, Southern California’s “Killerest” Surf Band is back this year!

Salmon Dave’s fundraiser for Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust

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Artwork by Ray Troll

By David Del Rio

Guest Contributor

The salmon is in tears … and so am I. We all are greatly negatively impacted by the loss of the wild salmon and its habitat.

A man made perfect storm of destruction is aimed directly for the salmons’ home and natural habitat, Bristol Bay and its tributaries.

This Category FIVE Storm of devastating environmental destruction of the Salmon is being done by the President in the name of exploitation of mineral resources at Pebble Mine. In a word… GREED!

This from CNN: The EPA told staff scientists that it was no longer opposing a controversial Alaska mining project that could devastate one of the world’s most valuable wild salmon fisheries, just one day after President Trump met with Alaska’s governor, CNN has learned. https://cnn.it/20MAxg5

If you wish to join the fight against the shameful actions of this administration, then please visit this website to become informed:
http://www.savebristolbay.org/

If you wish to support the fight directly, please help me in raising money for Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust where your contribution will make a direct impact.

Every little bit helps. The salmon and I both Thank you for your support. I’ve included information about Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust below.

PLEASE share this post! It is set to ‘public’ so that anyone can view or share it.

The Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust is dedicated to the preservation and protection of salmon and wildlife habitat of the greater Bristol Bay region of southwest Alaska, including the Wood/Tikchik State Park and the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge. To learn more visit our website, http://www.bristolbaylandtrust.org/

Quick mends: Getting real ‘buy in’ as a river activist

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Activist Steve Appleton. (Courtesy LA River Kayak Safari)

From the Los Angeles Times:

“The unlikely series of events that brought the parcel into Appleton’s hands began with a 2017 Times article that detailed several hundred properties in the river channel that were owned by individuals and companies. For reasons unknown, those properties were bypassed — and mostly forgotten by their owners — when the Los Angeles County Flood Control District acquired title to most of the river.”

See you on the river, Jim Burns

Today the fly fishing community is coming together in support of Bristol Bay

I just ordered from Bob Marriott’s to support this important work. Here are the three retailers in California that you can use today to have a portion of your sale go toward it.

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Lost Coast Outfitters, San Francisco, CA
Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters, South Lake Tahoe, CA
Bob Marriott’s Fly Fishing Store, Fullerton, CA

See you on the river, Jim Burns