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CONSULTANT HIRED TO STUDY WEED REMOVAL.

Byline: Patricia Farrell Aidem Staff Writer

A coalition formed to eradicate an invasive nonnative plant in the Santa Clara River Santa Clara River may refer to:
  • Santa Clara River (California), a river in Southern California, United States.
  • Santa Clara River (Utah), a river in Utah, United States
  • Carmen River, a river in Mexico that is sometimes called the Santa Clara River
 system has hired a national environmental consulting Environmental consulting is often a form of compliance consulting, in which the consultant ensures that the client maintains an appropriate measure of compliance with environmental regulations.  company to come up with a battle plan.

AMEC AMEC African Methodist Episcopal Church
AMEC Agent Mediated Electronic Commerce
AMEC Arctic Military Environmental Cooperation
AMEC Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment Inc
AMEC Association of Media Evaluation Companies
 Earth & Environmental will be paid $550,000 by the Ventura County Resource Conservation District, a group that includes the city of Santa Clarita Santa Clarita, city (1990 pop. 110,642), Los Angeles co., S Calif., suburb 30 mi (48 km) NW of downtown Los Angeles, on the Santa Clara River; inc. 1987. Situated in the Santa Clara valley and nearby canyons, Santa Clarita includes the former towns of Canyon Country, , to conduct environmental studies for the project and to draft the removal plan.

The goal is to rid the Santa Clara Santa Clara, city, Cuba
Santa Clara (sän`tä klä`rä), city (1994 est. pop. 217,000), capital of Villa Clara prov., central Cuba.
 and its tributaries of bamboo-like arundo donax - giant reed. Studies will cover the river's nearly 700-square-mile upper watershed, targeted first in the removal plan because arundo tends to spread downstream.

The river runs from Acton, through Santa Clarita and west across northern Ventura County to the Pacific.

Arundo, introduced by Spanish colonists as an ornamental plant An ornamental plant is a plant that is grown for its ornamental qualities, rather than for its commercial or other value. The term is often abbreviated to ornamental (usually as a noun) when used in horticultural contexts. , can grow to 30 feet, gaining as much as 6 inches a day. It grows in dense stands and crowds native plants while taking over habitats of the fish and animals that live in the river and along its banks. Arundo sucks up huge amounts of water from river banks, where pools quickly form when the weed is removed, according to scientists who have worked in other areas to rid waterways of the pest.

The weed is both a flood and fire hazard. Heavy growth can block water flow during storms, causing backup that floods neighborhoods. And, in summer months, it quickly dries, creating fuel for fires. Last year, a small fire that started near Val Verde was nearly controlled when flames hit the Santa Clara and quickly ignited arundo. The fire spread rapidly downstream toward Santa Paula and to Moorpark before wind drove it back three days later toward Stevenson Ranch.

The environmental work will begin immediately and is scheduled to be completed in December 2005. Preparing the eradication plan will involve collecting information, including Geographical Information System Geographical Information System - Geographic Information System  data, field surveys and baseline water quality data, said AMEC senior resource biologist Manjunath Venkat, who is managing the project.

AMEC is the company that completed a $372,000 river enhancement and management plan for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works (LACDPW) is responsible for the construction and operation of Los Angeles County's roads, building safety, sewerage, and flood control. . The latter project provides guidance for the preservation and enhancement of the physical, biological and economic resources in the Santa Clara's flood plain.

Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251

pat.aidem(at)dailynews.com
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Aug 31, 2004
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