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Water Board Investigating Army Corps of Engineers' Action in the Sepulveda Basin

Water Quality Control Board has 26 questions it wants answered.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is having to answer to yet another agency in regards to its recent clear-cutting of vegetation and wildlife habitat in the Sepulveda Basin.

The Encino Neighborhood Council, the Audubon Society, local environmentalists and politicos of every stripe have been pounding on the Corps in recent weeks. And now a demand comes from yet another quarter: the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board.

In addition to the communications failure that left locals in the dark about the Corps' plans for the wildlife area, the Corps may also have forgotten to file paperwork with the Water Board.

A certified letter dated Thursday warned Colonel R. Mark Roy that the Corps removed 43 acres of vegetation and filled Pothole Pond with debris "without notifing the Regional Board and without consulting the Regional Board about state water quality certification." 

The Water Board said it expects an explanation by Feb. 11 in the form of a 26-point technical and/or monitoring report. Failure to produce the report is a misdemeanor, and missing the deadline will result in a $1,000-a-day fine. See the attached PDF for the Water Board's 26-point list.

Paula Orlovich January 11, 2013 at 05:40 PM
I am horrified and although I plan on seeing first hand the destruction I am afraid of the emotional toll on my heart.
Nancy January 11, 2013 at 10:13 PM
"Score!" to the Encino Neighborhood Council and the Audubon Society! I know you'll see this through to make those responsible acknowledge culpability and will insist on replanting, walkway replacement, reestablishing the Pothole Pond and any other vegetation reparation possible returning as close as possible to the prior condition favorable to local and migrating wildlife.
Tim H. January 13, 2013 at 05:46 AM
You people are complete idiots! The Water Board is a hoax agency that takes public funds without doing anything responsible! You people need to get a clue! The Sepulveda Basin exists for one thing only; to control flooding along the semi-arid Los Angeles River to Long Beach! It belongs to the Army Corps of Engineers and not to any of you wildlife enviro whackos! Oh one more thing, when the rain storms fills the basin, the run-off from the sewers is what "make" the waters/streams/ponds in this area (SEWAGE)! WHAT IS THE WATER BOARD DOING ABOUT THAT? Nothing! The entire basin should be bulldozed!
Les B January 13, 2013 at 06:43 PM
Tim H's infantile tone hardly deserves a civilized reply. The ACE does not "own" any land areas. Everything in that post reeks of culture war and has no basis in fact in the real world. It's people like him that make America weak.
Open space Diane January 21, 2013 at 09:17 PM
I lived at Woodley & Victory 1971 when I was younger ...My 1st apartment ...I lived on the 2nd floor .. And could see across the Basin and watch the 405 snake up over the hill... I use to ride my bike in the basin with my dog .... The. National Guard was right there on Victory sort of where the Metro is now..... They use to yell at me to get out if there but I use to Yell back and say I am just riding my bike so Arrest me if you want...., so they would just ignore me. I rode my bike there just about every day!!!!! Do you think they are reclaiming back land that they technically own but destroyed the wetlands in the process!! Can the critters that lived there be called homesteaders.. They sure made a mess ..... That is so sad because there really is no wetland or an open space like that for birds and animals ......... And why now ???? After all these years!!

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