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Hundreds Of Hundred-Year-Old Trees To Be Plowed For A Dump

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Conservationists are up in limbs about a plan by Los Angeles County officials to plow 179 oak trees and 70 sycamores in an 11-acre canyon near Arcadia. The grove is currently scheduled, "to become a spreading ground for 500,000 cubic yards of silt, rocks and vegetation scooped out of Santa Anita Reservoir," reports the LA Times.

On Friday, a 30-day hold was placed on "sediment removal" plans by Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich to study possible alternatives. If an agreement with conservationists cannot be reached, the grove will be cleared in January along with all the wildlife living in the Arcadia Woodlands.

The the 83-year-old reservoir, "is a critical component of the county's aging flood-control system and is used to recharge underground aquifers that the cities of Sierra Madre and Arcadia rely on for drinking water," reports the LA Times. It has not been dredged since 1993 causing the reservoir to operate at reduced capacity in order to meet state seismic standards.