Today, as I made my way to the natural area below Devil's Gate Dam, which was reported to me by Parks and Natural Resources Administrator Charles Peretz to have been cleaned by city work crews, this is what I found:
Whether it's the City's claims that they adequately clean the Central Arroyo after events, or during a day to day basis, this is the poor caliber of work that we are left with every time. They dispose of all of the big stuff, and pay no attention to the micro-trash which accumulates. They cover the trash with fresh mulch, which is often contaminated with shredded plastic itself. The City of Pasadena, therefore, not only neglects the sensitive environment of the Arroyo Seco, but contributes to it's degradation.
We have in the Arroyo a great natural and cultural resource for the City of Pasadena, for the nation and for the rest of the world. I will continue to demand from the City that these areas of the Arroyo be cleaned, until their full potential as such is met.