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What Bouquet Creek is supposed to look like.

What Bouquet Creek is supposed to look like.

[ANF] – Angeles National Forest officials are conducting an environmental analysis to consider a proposal to restore and improve riparian habitat, and to restore flow capacity to Bouquet Creek in Bouquet Canyon, north of the City of Santa Clarita.

Officials are asking for public comment on their proposed action that would authorize the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works to remove sediment and dense vegetation from several segments of Bouquet Creek, reestablish stream bank vegetation where needed to enhance riparian habitat, and create a backwater preserve for aquatic species habitat at Zuni Campground.

The Forest Service proposes to repurpose Zuni Campground for use as an environmental education site and restoration ecology staging area; this work would include cleaning, removing or replacing the existing culvert in the Zuni Campground access road.

Bouquet Canyon is located west of State Route 14 on National Forest System lands in the Santa Clara/Mojave Rivers Ranger District, within the Santa Clara River Watershed. The proposal involves portions of T. 5N, R. 15W, Sections 10, 15, 16, 21, and 22, San Bernardino Baseline and Meridian (SBBM), Los Angeles County, California.

Bouquet Creek is fed by Bouquet Reservoir, natural springs, and watershed runoff. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power owns the reservoir and regulates the amount of water released into the creek. An agreement between Department of Water and Power and the United Water Conservation District obligates release rates. Past high-intensity storms combined with several wildfires in Bouquet Canyon resulted in sediment deposition in Bouquet Creek, which reduced both the creek’s capacity to move water and the quality of aquatic and riparian habitat. At several locations, the creek bottom is at a higher elevation than the adjacent Bouquet Canyon Road, causing water to flow across the heavily used commuter road.

Out of concern for public safety for motorists and bicyclists on the road, Department of Water and Power reduced water releases into Bouquet Creek to prevent water from flooding on the roadway. As a result of the on-going extended drought in California along with the reduced flows into the creek, riparian habitat loss (dying vegetation and dry streambed) is occurring at the lower end of Bouquet Canyon. Well owners on private property in lower Bouquet Canyon are also concerned that their wells are going dry, possiblyinfluenced by the drought and decreased water releases from Bouquet Reservoir.

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a population of unarmored threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus williamsoni) may be present in Bouquet Creek. The Forest Service is consulting with the Fish and Wildlife Service regarding the design and implementation of the Bouquet Creek Restoration Project. The proposed action would achieve the following objectives:

 

* Restore riparian habitat and biological function within Bouquet Creek for native plant and animal species, including the federally listed unarmored three-spine stickleback;

* Allow the resumption of water discharges from Bouquet Reservoir to approximate historical water flows in the creek; and

* Minimize roadway flooding and erosion, which would improve both the safety for traveling public on Bouquet Canyon Road and the sustainability of the roadway.

 

The proposed action appears to fall into categories of habitat restoration actions that may be excluded from documentation in an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement. The determination regarding the necessary level of environmental analysis and documentation will not be finalized until after consideration of comments received in response to this scoping opportunity.

The public comment period will continue through Feb. 6, 2015. Comments received will help determine the range of issues and alternatives to be considered in the analysis. A project website will be established soon at http://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/angeles/landmanagement/projects, where more detailed project descriptions and periodic updates will be posted

Comments may be mailed to: Wilburn (Bob) Blount, District Ranger; Santa Clara/Mojave Rivers Ranger District; 3708 Crown Valley Road; Acton, CA 93510. Comments may also be e-mailed to: comments-pacificsouthwest-angeles@fs.fed.us . Please enter “Bouquet Creek Restoration” as part of the subject heading/e-mail title.

All comments received, including names, become a part of the project record and are available for public review.

 

About the U.S. Forest Service: The mission of the U.S. Forest Service, part U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.

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19 Comments

  1. Lets get er done make that sucker flow

  2. Dave Pettis Dave Pettis says:

    Why mess with Mother Nature? Just allow the normal flow rate in the creek

  3. Dave Pettis Dave Pettis says:

    Why mess with Mother Nature? Just allow the normal flow rate in the creek

  4. Dave Pettis Dave Pettis says:

    That is my point!

  5. Release the water and let nature take place, it does a much better job than man does.

  6. Ellen Duggan Ellen Duggan says:

    What is there to restore? Leave it alone……The dam is up above it….

  7. “Unlike”… don’t leave it alone, let’s get some water in there and get rid of the dam.

  8. my family and i spent lots of time there during summer when we were kids now its dirty, trashy.

  9. How about y’all get rid of all the graffiti up in there n clean that bish up

  10. jimvs says:

    The most important thing that can be done is to restore stream flows in Bouquet creek. That is best done by getting the County and the Forest Service to quit effing around about who’s in charge. Stream discharges from the Bouquet Reservoir will be restored once the “controlling” gov’t agencies quit arguing about who is in charge. This will allow recharge of the downstream aquifers, including the LARC Ranch and most farmers in the south end of the canyon.
    Federal Laws regarding the three spined stickleback and other “endangered” species are holding up the solution based on “possible” and “potential” impacts.

    It is time that the Feds realize that the human owners of the properties below Bouquet Reservoir will not leave and will not relinquish their property rights. Give up on the possible (and yet not recognized or known) populations of these fish as an obstruction to returning the creek to it’s original (in human terms) condition.

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