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VIDEO: Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve, Before and After the Army Corps Razing

Take a look at what the area looked like then, and looks like now.

In December, the Army Corps of Engineers, which owns and developed the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve, removed the vegetation from 46 acres in the basin and filled in a pond with debris.

The work, which was unannounced, caused outrage from multiple local environmental and community organizations, and has the Corps scrambling to provide an explanation that holds water. Kris Ohlenkamp of the San Fernando Valley Audubon Society accused the Corps of outright lies at a recent Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council meeting.

The attached Youtube video, documenting before and after images of the reserve area, was produced by Steven L. Hartman of the California Native Plant Society and theĀ Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Consortium.

For more information on the clearing of the Sepulveda Basin, see these previous stories:

  • VIDEO: Army Corps Will Work With Community on Sepulveda Dam Vegetation Plan
  • SFV Audubon Rep Says Army Corps' 'Lies Have Stopped' About Sepulveda Basin Razing
  • Pavley Hears About Sepulveda Basin Clearing and Education Funding
  • Water Board Investigating Army Corps of Engineers' Action in the Sepulveda Basin
  • Encino Community Leaders Move to Sanction Army Corps of Engineers
  • Army Corps Stops Clearing Vegetation Until Talks with Environmental Group
  • Corps of Engineers Says It Failed to Announce Sepulveda Basin Plans [Video]
  • Audubon Society Finds Vast Area of Destruction at Sepulveda Dam
Mary Marks February 16, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Technically, the USACE does not "own" the Sepulveda Basin and the wildlife reserve. The people of the United States - you and I - own the land. The USACE are supposed to be the stewards of the land, to look after it for the benefit of the people. The dam, the water reclamation plant, and the recreational areas all benefit the people in some way. So did the wildlife reserve. The USACE merely found it convenient to solve a local problem by destroying our wildlife reserve.
Don Jagg February 17, 2013 at 12:03 AM
Um... The Wildlife Preserve is north of Burbank Blvd and east of Woodley Ave. The area south of Burbank Blvd is where all this activity occurred and it's primary purpose is not to preserve wildlife but our city down river from the dam . Too many "facts" in all of these articles are simply not correct.
Tim H. February 17, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Way to go Don Jagg! The inconvenient truth! I agree wholeheartedly, raze the area and plant more corn!

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