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Big Dig

The LA County Flood Control District has announced three public meetings in July regarding their “BIG DIG” sediment mining and trucking program form the behind Devil’s Gate Dam in Hahamongna Watershed Park.

The County has applied for the right to kill Federally and State Endangered Least Bell's Vireo and Southwestern Willow Flycatcher by applying for an Incidental Take Permit under the California Endangered Species Act. An Incidental Take Permit is required prior to "hunting, pursuing, catching, capturing, or killing an individual of a listed species . . . ." such as the Least Bell's Vireo and Southwestern Willow Flycatcher. Cal. Fish & Game Code Section 86.

The County in requesting authorization to "take" Least Bells Vireos admits that the Big Dig will remove habitat where Least Bell's Vireo has been observed and that the sediment removal activities will likely kill nesting Least Bell's Vireo 

Oddly enough, the County while applying for the right to take Least Bell's Vireo and Southwestern Willow Flycatcher from the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, has avoided applying for an Incidental Take Permit from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service under the Federal Endangered Species Act. Applying for a Federal Incidental Take Permit would trigger initiation of formal consultation under the Federal Endangered Species Act to determine if authorizing take of Least Bell's Vireo and Southwestern Willow Flycatcher would jeopardize the future existence of those species. 

Please try to attend one of the public meetings on July 13, 14, or 16 to express your objection to the Incidental take permit as well as the plan to truck sediment out of the Hahamongna Watershed Park.