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What Should Be Done With the Nature Preserve?

VIDEO and PHOTOS: This land may be the soul of Chatsworth, a link to the past and a portal to the future.

The . And if you weren't among the more than 400 who experienced the vast rawness of this former reservoir last Sunday, take a look at these photos and video.

What should be done with this land, this soul of Chatsworth? Should it be a park? Should it be soccer fields or condominiums? Should it be left to the Canada Geese who stop here on their annual migration? And the snakes? And deer? And insects?

Tell us in the comments box below.

-- Saul Daniels, editor

Jim Rogers April 19, 2012 at 04:05 AM
Mr Daniels, First off, the land you speak of is a contaminated wasteland no matter how much lipstick the City tries to put on the pig of a reservoir. It certainly is no nature preserve either. 400 showing up on a toxic waste site is just 400 people showing up on a toxic waste site, whether you like it or not. Secondly, I agree with Sol and respectfully request that you, Mr. Daniels, answer the questions Mr. Weiss puts to the editor (ie., you) as seen in his last entry. Thirdly, think 'PLUME'. As with the case here, El Nino type storms, average rain events, surface runoff, subsurface runoff, and even light precipitation all add to what Jock refers to as 'GROUNDWATER'. In simply walking away and leaving the contamination in place is in effect saying, 'lets let the groundwater plume of radiological and chemical contamination get bigger and bigger'. Out of sight out of mind plays right in the hands of the environmental felon and now its LADWP lapdog who would like nothing more than dumping off the tainted reservoir to the highest bidder in order to bypass responsible action to test and remove from the source all contamination; in essence, a poop and scoot strategy is in play against the community. Fourth, demand from your electeds that the State Water Board & Cal EPA Dept of Toxic Substances Control take over and investigate the contaminated Chatsworth reservoir. Tell your elected officials that you will not tolerate cutting and running from the City of L.A.
Jim Rogers April 19, 2012 at 07:22 AM
Mr Daniels, First off, the land you speak of is a contaminated wasteland no matter how much lipstick the City tries to put on the pig of a reservoir. It certainly is no nature preserve either. 400 showing up on a toxic waste site is just 400 people showing up on a toxic waste site, whether you like it or not. Secondly, I agree with Sol and respectfully request that you, Mr. Daniels, answer the questions Mr. Weiss puts to the editor (ie., you) as seen in his last entry. Thirdly, think 'PLUME'. As with the case here, El Nino type storms, average rain events, surface runoff, subsurface runoff, and even light precipitation all add to what Jock refers to as 'GROUNDWATER'. In simply walking away and leaving the contamination in place is in effect saying, 'lets let the groundwater plume of radiological and chemical contamination get bigger and bigger'. Out of sight out of mind plays right in the hands of the environmental felon and now its LADWP lapdog who would like nothing more than dumping off the tainted reservoir to the highest bidder in order to bypass responsible action to test and remove from the source all contamination; in essence, a poop and scoot strategy is in play against the community. Fourth, demand from your electeds that the State Water Board & Cal EPA Dept of Toxic Substances Control take over and investigate the contaminated Chatsworth reservoir. Tell your elected officials that you will not tolerate cutting and running from the City of L.A.
Ed O'Donnell April 19, 2012 at 04:56 PM
For heaven's sake, it is contaminated. CLEAN IT UP.
Jock April 19, 2012 at 08:05 PM
The city and DWP need to rattle the EPA and Federal Government. It was our Government through their corporate arms Rocketdyne etc. who left this Turd in our punchbowl. These are the agencies that need more money, not less to clean up our reservoir as they once cleaned up Love Canal. More people are potentially effected here, Everyone knows about 3 mile island but SSFL is not on the radar (the commies might find out !). By the way Jim, I said Water Table not groundwater. Underground aquifers that have been built up over eons. That could, if it had our wells not been poisoned (isn't that what they do to the enemy in war ?) support many many people here. BTW, I think the Geese and Ducks have figured it out (or lost out).They were not nesting near Woolsey this year, and few bird fowl were paddling around what is left of a pond. But I sure did have a good time dancing with the Natives on Sunday. I love this land as did our Native Ancestors i grew up in the west valley, I'm sure cancer at 40 and the early cancerous passing of many of my childhood playmates was ....just a coincidence. We ignore this at our children's peril.
Dave Bueche April 28, 2013 at 02:55 PM
The methodical list of contamination documented above has been: 1) Cleaned up by DOE 2) Naturally decayed 3) Is below safe background levels. In a city with as little natual parkland as LA, to just keep this area fenced off, and allow no hiking, recreation, etc. is indicative of the Earth First and/or NIMBY attitude that is killing this once great city, State and many parts of the country.

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