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By Charles Cooper | September 17, 2009
The impact of the Station fire continues to be felt in the community, with the news that Descanso Gardens lost its main water source. David Brown, executive director, said the fire melted PCV piping that brought the water into storage tanks from nearby Hall Beckley Canyon. ?The tanks were empty, as well,? Brown said. ?We imagine the firefighters used the water.? The tanks have been a major source of water supply for the botanical gardens for more than six decades, having been established for that purpose by Descanso founder Manchester Boddy.
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May 21, 2009
Public invited to water symposium The public is invited to attend a water symposium that will address current water supply challenges, what Foothill Municipal Water District is doing in response, provide conservation tips and answer questions from the public. The symposium will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 27 at the FMWD offices, 4536 Hampton Road, La Cañada Flintridge. Three years of drought and water supply constrictions in Northern California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect endangered species have resulted in supply water supply cutbacks to the Foothill area.
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By Mary O'Keefe | July 19, 2007
A small species of fish, the endangered delta smelt, may affect water supplies to La Cañadans. In fact, concerns over reduced water supplies in Southern California is the biggest challenge facing the Foothill Municipal Water District, said new general manager . Jazmadarian does not officially become the general manager until Aug. 6, but in an interview with the Valley Sun, she said that water has always been a precious commodity in California....
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By Jake Armstrong | June 24, 2004
Within a week, signs bearing a droplet of water and one of three colors - green, yellow or red - will be placed at the offices of the Crescenta Valley, Foothill Municipal and La Cañada Irrigation water districts, and Valley Water and Mesa Crest Water companies to alert customers to the agencies' water supply and recommended conservation levels. Three water agencies in Altadena also are participating in the effort. "We want to make sure that everyone understands that as summer heat increases and water use increases, there's a very good possibility that we're going to be calling for some water conservation," said Jay Malinowski, interim general manager of Foothill Municipal Water District, the Metropolitan Water District member agency that supplies imported water to local agencies.
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July 8, 2004
It is shameful if a mere one-third of eligible voters in sewer District 3, in cooperation with a pro-development, pro-sewer city government, is able to force all 1,622 or so properties in District 3 to export all their indoor water via sewers, mostly to the ocean and sometimes untreated, instead of irrigating our trees and replenishing our diminishing underground water basins via onsite septic systems with drinkable water filtered through typically 125-175...
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By Mary O’Keefe Valley Sun | August 10, 2007
Three people have filed to run for the three seats on the board of director for La Canada Irrigation. Daniel MacKenzie, Robert Wallace and Anthony Angelica, all incumbents, are running unopposed for the three available seats. ?The importance [of being on the board] is the concern over the use of water in our area,? MacKenzie said. MacKenzie is retired from the construction business and understands the demands of the larger homes that are being built. ?These larger homes requires more and more water use,?
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By Elaine La Marr | June 7, 2007
The year 2008 could be a very difficult year for water supply, says a serious Jay Malinowski, following the announcement by the Foothill Municipal Water District that they are reinstating their water conservation alert system and are requesting residents in local communities serviced by the FMWD to immediately begin a plan for personal water conservation. Malinowski is interim general manager of the Foothill Municipal Water District, which serves not only La Cañada but several other foothill communities as well.
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By Charles Cooper | November 3, 2005
NASA's ongoing effort to clean up contaminated water under the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada will be ramped up, under a plan just released. The plan, available on-line and at local libraries, will be discussed at a community meeting Nov. 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Altadena Community Center, 730 E. Altadena. The website is jplwater.nasa.gov. The cleanup effort has been underway for a number of years, and reflects problems caused during early days at the lab, from about 1945-60.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | April 6, 2011
Local water agencies give credit to wet weather and genuine conservation efforts by many La Cañada Flintridge residents for significantly reducing water usage throughout the city during a recent 10-day cutoff of imported water supply. The temporary closure of a Metropolitan Water District treatment plant for repairs prompted a voluntary ban on outdoor watering from March 18 to March 28. During that time, demand for water fell 20% to 30% throughout the city — meaning a lot of residents did refrain from irrigating lawns and gardens, which accounts for the majority of the city’s water use. Local water officials also admit luck had a lot to do with it. As if on cue, rain clouds and cooler temperatures fell upon the city shortly after the call for conservation began, eliminating much of the temptation for residents to sneak a few gallons for roses and other water-thirsty plants.
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By Gene Pepper | March 9, 2011
“Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink” — “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Coleridge. Unlike the poor, thirsty ancient Mariner, we’ve always had a plentiful supply, but water may be the commodity most taken for granted and the most precious and dangerously periled life-sustaining force we have. The general manager of La Cañada Irrigation District, Doug Caister, born and raised in La Cañada, knows that our water supply is not infinite.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | June 20, 2013
A NASA-funded treatment plant in Pasadena has removed hundreds of pounds of toxic residue left over from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's early rocket-building days. The $8.5 million Monk Hill water treatment facility has removed 674 pounds of perchlorate from 7,773 acre-feet of water since it opened in 2011, said Steve Slaten, a NASA remediation project manager. Twenty-three pounds of trichloroethylene, an industrial solvent, have also been removed from the water supply. The space agency agreed to pay for cleanup after perchlorates from rocket fuel was detected in several area wells.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | June 23, 2012
La Cañada Flintridge residents will see a 5% increase in their water bills next year. The hike approved by the Foothill Municipal Water District June 18 is not being spurred by the dry winter, though that has water watchers worried. Instead, it's a result of Foothill's need to upgrade infrastructure and keep pace with increases from its main supplier, the Metropolitan Water District. Nina Jazmadarian, Foothill Municipal Water District's general manager, said the district tapped financial reserves to replace standby electrical generators used in emergencies this year.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | April 6, 2011
Local water agencies give credit to wet weather and genuine conservation efforts by many La Cañada Flintridge residents for significantly reducing water usage throughout the city during a recent 10-day cutoff of imported water supply. The temporary closure of a Metropolitan Water District treatment plant for repairs prompted a voluntary ban on outdoor watering from March 18 to March 28. During that time, demand for water fell 20% to 30% throughout the city — meaning a lot of residents did refrain from irrigating lawns and gardens, which accounts for the majority of the city’s water use. Local water officials also admit luck had a lot to do with it. As if on cue, rain clouds and cooler temperatures fell upon the city shortly after the call for conservation began, eliminating much of the temptation for residents to sneak a few gallons for roses and other water-thirsty plants.
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By Gene Pepper | March 9, 2011
“Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink” — “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Coleridge. Unlike the poor, thirsty ancient Mariner, we’ve always had a plentiful supply, but water may be the commodity most taken for granted and the most precious and dangerously periled life-sustaining force we have. The general manager of La Cañada Irrigation District, Doug Caister, born and raised in La Cañada, knows that our water supply is not infinite.
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By Charles Cooper | September 17, 2009
The impact of the Station fire continues to be felt in the community, with the news that Descanso Gardens lost its main water source. David Brown, executive director, said the fire melted PCV piping that brought the water into storage tanks from nearby Hall Beckley Canyon. ?The tanks were empty, as well,? Brown said. ?We imagine the firefighters used the water.? The tanks have been a major source of water supply for the botanical gardens for more than six decades, having been established for that purpose by Descanso founder Manchester Boddy.
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May 21, 2009
Public invited to water symposium The public is invited to attend a water symposium that will address current water supply challenges, what Foothill Municipal Water District is doing in response, provide conservation tips and answer questions from the public. The symposium will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 27 at the FMWD offices, 4536 Hampton Road, La Cañada Flintridge. Three years of drought and water supply constrictions in Northern California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect endangered species have resulted in supply water supply cutbacks to the Foothill area.
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By Sophia Eckerle | April 2, 2009
Summer is quickly approaching, and with it, the promise of heat and drought. Water is more crucial than ever during the summer months, but why? Why does it even matter? Does saving water really help the planet? These questions are common ones, but ones easily answered. And the answer is yes. Yes, water needs to be conserved, and all our contributions are crucial, even if they don’t seem like much at the time. But what is water to us? Why should we bother to save it? Water is the vital ingredient of life, and without it none of us would survive.
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By Ruth Longoria | November 15, 2007
There?s a morning rush hour from 5 a.m. to noon, and an evening rush hour from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; a big chance of getting rear-ended if you stop for a yellow light; and, you?re most likely considered a ?road hazard? if you drive slower than 70- to- 85- in a 55- to- 60 miles per hour zone. Oh and, by the way, many highways are under construction; most streets don?t go through as expected; and, Mapquest doesn?t work here in Los Angeles County. At least according to the tongue-in-cheek audience warm-up provided by County Supervisor Mike Antonovich last Thursday as he shared a ?
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By Mary O’Keefe Valley Sun | August 10, 2007
Three people have filed to run for the three seats on the board of director for La Canada Irrigation. Daniel MacKenzie, Robert Wallace and Anthony Angelica, all incumbents, are running unopposed for the three available seats. ?The importance [of being on the board] is the concern over the use of water in our area,? MacKenzie said. MacKenzie is retired from the construction business and understands the demands of the larger homes that are being built. ?These larger homes requires more and more water use,?
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By Mary O'Keefe | July 19, 2007
A small species of fish, the endangered delta smelt, may affect water supplies to La Cañadans. In fact, concerns over reduced water supplies in Southern California is the biggest challenge facing the Foothill Municipal Water District, said new general manager . Jazmadarian does not officially become the general manager until Aug. 6, but in an interview with the Valley Sun, she said that water has always been a precious commodity in California....
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