Posted by: coastcontact | July 24, 2013

Environmentalists Gone Wild

Environmentalists have the desire to return the earth to its native state EVERYWHERE.  Thus their idea is to limit national park access to hikers only.  No cars or other vehicles should be permitted to enter.  Entering Yosemite Valley would only be available for the hardy who can hike there from the park entrance.  Riding in an inflatable raft in the Merced River would be banned.  Grocery stores and gift shops would be closed.

The Environmentalists would also remove the concrete walls of the Los Angeles River.  It is really a wash that only holds rain water during the winter months.  There are no streams or creeks that feed into this wash.  There are no springs from surrounding hills that trickle in.

Despite the fact that the concrete walls protect the city from flooding that was prevalent in the first half of the 20th century and all times earlier the Environmentalists want the concrete walls removed to restore the natural appearance of the wash.  They have done such a good job of promoting their vision that a group called L.A. River Revitalization Corp. have convinced the Army Corp of Engineers to consider proposals costing at least $444 million for making the banks of the wash more environmentally pleasing.  At the high end the cost would be $1.06 billion.

1934 flooding before the LA River was controlled

A house that was washed a block away from the river, 1934

 Amnesia seems to have affected both our government officials and the general public.  As reported in the Los Angeles Times on February 12, 1992 “City emergency workers in helicopters and rubber boats rescued 48 people stranded in cars and other vehicles as floodwaters rose rapidly on Burbank Boulevard and other streets that run around and through the basin.”

kayaking-the-los-angeles-river

The concrete Los Angeles River was built to protect the city from massive flooding.  Sepulveda Dam, which was constructed in 1941, protected downstream neighborhoods (and allowed others to be built); the postwar concretization of the upstream riverbed allowed the development of the San Fernando Valley.  All of the homes and businesses from Canoga Park going downstream could be seriously impacted if those concrete walls were removed.  Kayaking down the Los Angeles River is not a necessity.  Protection from flooding is a necessity.

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