Army Corp uses broader language to describe streams and streambeds under its authority.
The images the biologist shows are after-the-fact of alteration, so the features and waterflow no longer function as they did, and the current state is used as to justify statements that it is not a valid arroyo.
This "biologist" is being paid by the city, so it is highly likely to be influenced by what it takes to keep the checks coming.
Why is a park created to remain as open space and natural now at risk of receiving doses of the development medicine that has overwhelmed all but the slightest hint of OC's former grasslands, farmlands and open space?
As the Costa Mesa City Council has heard time after time from the vast majority of us who love Fairview Parks's wide-open vistas - LET IT BE!
The fact that the city can fund "improvements" through grants is of no issue whatsoever. What matters is that these places are different from everything else, that they are quiet, that they let nature do what she alone can do and has done for eons. You might call that quaint, I call it Reality - with a capital R.
How difficult can it be to understand that in Southern California, with millions of people, crowded freeways and evermore dense development that some places should be kept free of someone's project agenda?
Projects of all kinds have come to dominate the local landscape and the places that represent a change, a contrast from surroundings, are therefore more valuable.
Inconvenient access or lack of "amenities" is a key reason these places are what they are - so a sales pitch for more convenience ultimately lessens the experience. Fairview has already lost some of what it was to a project agenda, so how much more cement and railings are needed?
If nature and open space were just Disneyland attractions, then signs, people conveyors and lights would fit. Here, they dont.
From past experience, the strong likelihood is that this scraping is simply preparation for something that would replace simple habitat with a structure or road, built at the whim of individuals who do not understand the importance of the experience that makes Fairview Park more valuable than a typical ball field.
Finally, many of these same destruction tactics have been used in nearby Banning Ranch