Presentation Title

Human Impact on Arroyo Seco River

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Rhea Presiado

Start Date

17-11-2018 12:30 PM

End Date

17-11-2018 2:30 PM

Location

CREVELING 61

Session

POSTER 2

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

physical_mathematical_sciences

Abstract

Abstract

Human Impact on the Arroyo Seco River

Arroyo Seco is a seasonal river located in the northern part of Los Angeles county, stemming from the Angeles forest area of the San Gabriel mountain range in Southern California. As with the majority of rivers running through or adjacent to populated areas, the damming and channelization of this river has been a top priority for many generations of Los Angeles county residence specifically in the greater Pasadena area as its flooding has killed many throughout history and cost the county tens of millions of dollars in damages and flood control.(www.arroyoseco.org) Since the earliest Mesopotamian civilizations humans have understood that channelizing rivers help the people around it because it helps to prevent flood and damages around any river (Water Science and Technology 1980). It is becoming increasingly important for researchers to measure and analyze width and characteristics of river channels such as Arroyo Seco due to its apparent un predictability and environmental changes resulting from the continued damming and channelization as well as continued development. It is for this reason that our research will focus on the varying widths and changes of the Arroyo Seco river channel above and below verifying man made flood control structures developed because of damage caused by flooding. We believe that measuring and studying the different widths and characteristics of the Arroyo Seco river will lead to a greater understanding of the changes brought on by human interference. How does river width vary in dammed and non-dammed sections of the river?

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Human Impact on Arroyo Seco River

CREVELING 61

Abstract

Human Impact on the Arroyo Seco River

Arroyo Seco is a seasonal river located in the northern part of Los Angeles county, stemming from the Angeles forest area of the San Gabriel mountain range in Southern California. As with the majority of rivers running through or adjacent to populated areas, the damming and channelization of this river has been a top priority for many generations of Los Angeles county residence specifically in the greater Pasadena area as its flooding has killed many throughout history and cost the county tens of millions of dollars in damages and flood control.(www.arroyoseco.org) Since the earliest Mesopotamian civilizations humans have understood that channelizing rivers help the people around it because it helps to prevent flood and damages around any river (Water Science and Technology 1980). It is becoming increasingly important for researchers to measure and analyze width and characteristics of river channels such as Arroyo Seco due to its apparent un predictability and environmental changes resulting from the continued damming and channelization as well as continued development. It is for this reason that our research will focus on the varying widths and changes of the Arroyo Seco river channel above and below verifying man made flood control structures developed because of damage caused by flooding. We believe that measuring and studying the different widths and characteristics of the Arroyo Seco river will lead to a greater understanding of the changes brought on by human interference. How does river width vary in dammed and non-dammed sections of the river?