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Arroyo Seco Foundation

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, Environment, Environmental Education, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management

Mission: The Arroyo Seco Foundation is a non-profit education and action organization.  Our goal is to preserve and enhance the Arroyo Seco watershed from the San Gabriel Mountains to the Los Angeles River, to promote sustainable management of the watershed and to foster environmental awareness and stewardship.

Results: The Arroyo Seco Foundation has sponsored campaigns to restore and enhance the Arroyo Seco, Southern California’s most celebrated canyon.  Trees flourish throughout the Arroyo and native fish again swim in the stream as a direct result of ASF.  The Lower Arroyo Stream Restoration, developed in the 1990s, and the establishment of Hahamongna Watershed Park, and the restoration of the native fish, the Arroyo Chub, recently are the highlights of the effort.  This has all been accomplished with a massive infusion of volunteer labor and enthusiasm.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Everyone who uses the Arroyo including its trail, the Rose Bowl, the aquatic center and its parks benefits.

Geographic areas served: Los Angeles County

Programs: * Central Arroyo Stream Restoration Program * Arroyo Seco Watershed Coordination * Foothill Conservation Program * Save Hahamongna

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3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

The Arroyo Seco Foundation has made a positive footprint on our Arroyo Seco River these past 20 years and I am certain they will continue to do the same for the next 20 years. The Foundation does a great job of educational outreach through its speakers and school art programs.The theme is an all important one: to protect and preserve our natural watershed system which includes one of the last natural alluvial fans in Southern California. The message has been reaching people all over the San Gabriel Valley. That's 4 Stars.



Rating: 5

The ASF website starts out great with a logo with style - has a craftsman architecture that's just right for Pasadena. The next thing I notice is that it's current. Most site's have the look of last week's newspaper or worse. But ASF is up to the minute and that takes a lot of dedication to maintain. And finally it's got just the right balance of value and plea. All causes constatntly need maoney, but when all they do is cry out for help, it's just another shout in the wind. This website says "Here's what happening, here's what we're doing and this is why we deserve your support." That's more like it.



Rating: 5

The only organization dedicated to the entire Arroyo Seco Watershed, from the headwaters in the San Gabriel Mountains following the Arroyo Seco stream through the urban landscapes of Pasadena and Los Angeles to the confluence with the LA River. Arroyo Seco Foundation is the one-stop website for issues that define this region, environmental to recreational to historical and cultural.