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SFVAS Supports Eliminating The Use of Anticoagulant Rodenticides

February 1, 2014 in Conservation by ann

On February 2, 2014 I sent the following letter/email to the 5 city councilmembers whose territory overlaps ours. Additional information can be found at (including email addresses). This is a critical opportunity for everyone to participate in stopping the indiscriminate poisoning of animals – at least on a local level. Public Comment for Council File #13-1580: The San Fernando Valley Audubon Society urges you to support eliminating the use of anticoagulant rodenticides by all Los Angeles City departments via the process begun with Council File #13-1580 (motion by Tom LaBonge and Paul Koretz). Anticoagulants have been proven to kill more than just rats, gophers, squirrels and mice. They also kill owls, hawks, bobcats, mountain lions, dogs, cats – and have even poisoned children. It takes several days for the target animal to die. This weakens them and makes them more susceptible to predation. The predators then accumulate poison in their bodies, subjecting them to unintended pain, suffering and death. As many as 90% of some local predator populations now have these poisons in their bodies. Barn Owl populations in the Sepulveda Basin have plummeted in the last 15 years. We are actively trying to reintroduce and support Barn Owls
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December 15, 2013 in Conservation, Uncategorized by ann

Information on the proposed development in Browns and Mormon Canyons – Hidden Creek Estates_Information Article_mo_rl_dt

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Water Board Files Notice of Intent to Sue the Corps over Sepulveda Basin

October 31, 2013 in Conservation by ann

The ACOE is given sixty days to develop a restoration proposal and future notification procedures for actions taken in the waterways of the Sepulveda Basin South Wildlife Reserve.  Be sure to read the L.A. Times and Daily News November 1st for coverage of this filing. L.A. Regional Water Board Files Notice of Intent to Sue U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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Community Restoration Proposal

September 5, 2013 in Conservation by ann

Sepulveda Basin South Wildlife Area Community Restoration Proposal Kris Ohlenkamp with assistance from the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation (as directed by the City Council of Los Angeles)  has created a restoration plan for the South Wildlife Area of the Sepulveda Basin.  To date,  the restoration plan has been endorsed by the following local community organizations.  Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council – 9/4/2013 The Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Areas Steering Committee California Native Plant Society – Los Angeles Chapter The Sierra Club – Angeles Chapter Encino Neighborhood Council San Fernando Valley Audubon Society Los Angeles Audubon Society California Audubon Society The River Project Friends of Los Angeles River (FOLAR) others to follow.

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Notice of availability for NASA Draft EIS for Santa Susana Field Laboratory clean-up

August 2, 2013 in Conservation, SFV Bird Observatory by ann

  Notes to NASA EIS announcement      The message below announces the availability of the NASA Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) pertaining to the clean-up of the NASA-administered portions of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (also known as Rocketdyne).   SFVAS believes this DEIS contains major deficiencies, primarily due to the approach to the clean-up, which requires the removal, transport and disposal of one-half million tons of soil.    Among the flaws in the resulting DEIS are the failure to consider alternative clean-up proposals, ignoring the function of the NASA property as a wildlife corridor connecting the Santa Susana Mountains and Los Padres National Forest to the Santa Monica Mountains, and underestimates of bird usage of the area from studies that ignore the work of SFVAS’s San Fernando Valley Bird Observatory on neighboring portions of the site.   Please attend the upcoming meetings, announced below.  Ask questions, express your displeasure about the DEIS, and send NASA your comments in writing.  Notice of availability for NASA Draft EIS for Santa Susana Field Laboratory clean   For additional information contact Mark Osokow at –

Re: NASA Draft EIS

August 2, 2013 in Conservation, SFV Bird Observatory by Bird Bander

     It is important to remember that SFVAS sent a letter to the NASA Office of the Inspector General (OIG) months ago concerning the egregiously excessive clean-up standard NASA agreed to with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control.  The OIG concluded that the clean-up provisions in the agreement, entitled the “Administrative Order on Consent” (AOC) were unreasonable.  However, NASA management blithely ignored the OIG’s conclusions in preparing the current DEIS.  The AOC is the underlying justification for this environmentally damaging process, which will result in the trucking of approximately one half million cubic yards of soil, including irreplaceable topsoil, to landfills across the country.  In following this process, NASA is ignoring less environmentally damaging alternatives, including actual risk-based alternatives.

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South Wildlife Area – Update May 24th, 2013

May 24, 2013 in Conservation by ann

The following is an email sent to the ACOE regarding our negotiations.    USACOE January 1985 Also, the attached 1985 Corps plan for the area – the only Wildlife Area in the Basin at the time.  This is the basis for our restoration proposal and was completed by the Corps in 1985.  No water source was obtained at that time.  Recycled water is available now.    

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South Wildlife Area Restoration Proposal Rejected by ACOE

April 26, 2013 in Conservation, Uncategorized by ann

Here is a summary of the situation in the Sepulveda Basin South Wildlife Area as of April 23, 2013.     We have just concluded our 5th meeting with the USACE and they have now rejected all of our proposals for mitigating the damage they did to the 48 acre South Wildlife Reserve in the Sepulveda Basin. They are even refusing to go forward with removing the non-native vegetation – which was the stated purpose of their Vegetative Management Plan in the first place, and which they have been agreeing to do up to this point.     At our March 20 meeting we presented the Corps with a restoration proposal for the area. We extracted it directly from the 1981 Master Plan and several other Corps documents. It included restoration of the Pothole Pond (which they destroyed), construction of another pond with an island and a seasonal (<1 ft. deep) marsh. All of these features had been excavated in 1984, but water was never provided because a source was not procured. This proposal meets all of the Corps objectives for the Vegetative Management Plan (low maintenance, improved security, etc.). It also creates significant improvements in habitat quality and diversity.
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March 21, 2013 South Wildlife Area Update

March 22, 2013 in Conservation, Uncategorized by ann

In the last week the Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed the Jan Perry/Tom LeBonge motion to instruct the Bureau of Sanitation to prepare a report explaining what happened in the South Wildlife Reserve and to investigate whether any public funds or charitable contributions had been used for improvements in the area. They are also to act as the lead City agency to create a mitigation plan (4 to 5 months) that meets the Corp’s needs, the community’s concerns, and addresses the Water Quality Control Board’s requests. The WQCB final report has not yet been published.   Our meetings with the Corps continue and are beginning to show progress. Yesterday we presented them with our preferred alternative for restoration of the affected area. Essentially, we want what was included in the Wildlife Area Management Plan and lease agreement between the Corps, LA R&P, and Ca DFG in 1985.   That Plan included the Pothole Pond, another larger shallow pond with an island, and a seasonal marsh in the South Reserve (all connected and fed with recycled water). In addition to restoration of these enhancements, we are asking for the complete removal of all non-native trees in the area, restoration of
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LA City Council Votes on South Wildlife Area

March 20, 2013 in Conservation by ann

Read the Ad Hoc River Committees report –