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 the 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