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Bridges: Restoring Balance to a Wounded World

Posted by Cary Belling and Candace Seu on Tuesday, October 29, 2019

“With its flowing streams, lush vegetation, and preponderance of wildlife, this part of the Arroyo [beneath the Colorado St. Bridge] has the potential to be a wonderful natural area just a minutes away from Old Town Pasadena. But it has been seriously damaged with badly planned construction, dams, and drainage. As you walk along the trails you smell beautiful plants and flowers along with the stench of a sewer.

“Looking at the amazing and beautiful arching columns supporting the famous bridge, I thought that if we could create such a majestic and beautiful structure above - surely we could do better to restore the Arroyo below to its natural beauty. The conflict between technological progress and ecological treasures such as the Arroyo is what inspired me to compose ‘Bridges: An Ecological Tone Poem’.”

– Composer Cary Belling, March 2018 (SoundCloud)

When Cary introduced his ecological tone poem...

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Tags: Arroyo Seco, Walktober, why we work

People, Plants, and Water: Caring for the Future Together

Posted by Candace Seu on Monday, October 28, 2019

Children stand on top of a Hugelkulture mound at the side of a bioswale

When snowpack melts off the San Gabriel Mountains, and whenever it rains in Altadena and Pasadena, the water seeps down into the ground to refill the Raymond Basin, the giant underground aquifer that provides 40% of Pasadena’s water.

The water that falls on impermeable street surfaces is swept to the ocean, lost to us forever; but the water that falls on soil remain in our ecosystem and eventually percolate down into our reservoir. It’s a gift that nourishes life, if we’re prepared to receive it.

Our walk started with a simple idea: we wanted to highlight the Pasadena Public Health Department and Pasadena Water and Power’s new hydration station at La Pintoresca Park, and connect that with the water-wise plantings at nearby Washington Elementary and Washington Park. Both locations showcase the...

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Tags: Beautiful Bioswales, green streets, Pasadena Public Health, Pasadena Water and Power, Walktober, why we work

Glenarm Power Plant: Seeing Things Anew

Posted by Blair Miller, Jeff Hall, and Candace Seu on Saturday, October 26, 2019

Two turbine towers rise above the Glenarm Power Plant

Electric power is invisible to us - it’s one of the things we take for granted in a modern world. When we plug the lamp into the wall socket, it simply turns on. What was once magical has become mundane. This tour inspires people to notice and appreciate the production of this essential force – the electricity that powers our lives – in a completely new way.

In much the same way, we hope that Walktober allows people to think about walking – as a social activity, as a way to get and stay healthy, as a mode of transportation, and as an opportunity to learn and explore – with new eyes.

An industrial-purpose spherical vessel stands next to a metal catwalk in the plant

The center of the facility is a combined...

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Tags: Glenarm Power Plant, Pasadena Water and Power, walktober, why we work

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