Can I have my River back?

flickrwinterdrycreekHDRTM.jpg In the 14 some odd years I have lived in the foothills this last year is the first one where the San Gabriel River was dry all year. I mean inches deep dust dry. Jozjozjoz discussed the lack of water and drought HERE just a few months ago. Another local blog discussed the protracted drought in the western states the last few years HERE.

I hope the storm this weekend is the sign of good things to come. 2005 was an unbelievable rainy season and that river ran wide and deep from January well into 2006. I would like to see that again. I’d like the ducks back as well as the other critters that enjoyed the river.

The 2005 storms were so huge that incredible masses of boulders washed down from the mountains. They were snagged at the various breaks and deposited creating huge boulder fields where the year prior there was only sand and dirt. This year it was do dry that once the water was gone the wind blew a lot of the finer dirt away leaving only piles of boulders.

Forever optomistic, but once we get water flowing we should see some pretty interesting rapids that will run clearer this time around. Of course if we get REALLY big water flows we’ll see numbnuts trying to ride it on a boogie board. Again. That is not a bright idea, but we can’t save people from themselves, best we can do is hope to capture it on film and cross our fingers they live to tell the tale.


The dropping river makes it easy to walk up and under the trestles. They were at one time decorated with some incredible murals and such. Since the river dried up taggers came back and covered it all. Can anyone answer why the “urban artist” can wade through a rushing river to create but taggers wait for it to dry up before mucking it up? Just curious.

Pics by me. Get a bit bigger with a clickeroo. Shot bracketed with HDR files generated then tone mapped with Photomatix Pro and then final processing with Virtual Photographer.

4 thoughts on “Can I have my River back?”

  1. The L.A. River pretty much flows year-round now thanks to hundreds of thousands of gallons of treated water released into it daily from the Tilman reclamation plant in the Sepulveda basin. Too bad there isn’t a similar facility for the San Gabriel River to draw from.

  2. There’s an idea. Reclaim water used to rebuild a river that naturally charges the groundwater table. Too logical, will never happen.

  3. FYI, the San Gabriel river is already constructed to reclaim ground water. It has low dams all along its run to create basins that catch the water and replenish the ground water.

  4. LES is right on. In fact, a much greater percentage of San Gabriel River water is conserved than LA River. Several reservoirs north of Azusa store storm runoff then slowly release it into the river where it is diverted into spreading grounds that recharge groundwater.

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