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Bell Creek (Southern California)

Bell Creek
Looking west from Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Origin Simi Hills, California
Mouth Los Angeles River, California
Basin countries United States
Basin area Simi Hills, western San Fernando Valley

Bell Creek (also known as Escorpión Creek) is a 10-mile-long (16 km)[1] tributary of the Los Angeles River, in the Simi Hills of Ventura County and the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles County and City, in Southern California.

Route

The Arroyo Calabasas (left) and Bell Creek (right) join to form the Los Angeles River
The initial headwater feeder-streams begin in the Simi Hills in Ventura County from 90% of the Rocketdyne Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) property as its watershed, leaving the site with toxic substances and radionuclide contamination via culvert outfalls, aquifer seeps and springs, and surface runoff.[2][3] It then flows as a creek southeast through Bell Canyon (the community and geographic feature), Bell Canyon Park, and El Escorpión Park in a natural stream bed. It then is altered to flow in a concrete channel. Moore Creek joins in from the west, and then it flows east, channelized through West Hills, where it is joined by the South Fork and South Branches of the same name and by Dayton Creek. Then on through Canoga Park to join Arroyo Calabasas (Calabasas Creek) and becoming the Los Angeles River.

Bell Creek begins as a free-flowing stream until passing Escorpión Peak (Castle Peak) in Bell Canyon Park. At Bell Canyon Road and Elmsbury Lane it becomes encased in a concrete flood control channel. It then passes under Valley Circle Boulevard, flowing just south of Highlander Road through former Rancho El Escorpión-current West Hills, and further eastward parallel to (and south of) Sherman Way in Canoga Park. There, it joins Arroyo Calabasas, directly east of Canoga Park High School beside Vanowen Avenue. The confluence marks the "headwaters" of the Los Angeles River, .

Crossings

From mouth to source (year built in parentheses):[4]

See also

References

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed March 16, 2011
  2. ^ http://www.enviroreporter.com/images/ESADA/2003-SSFL-surface%20water-map.jpg SSFL Watersheds Map (access date: 4/11/2010)
  3. ^ http://www.enviroreporter.com/2010/02/goo-ology/ EnviroReporter.com. "Goo-ology." access date:5/5/2010
  4. ^ "National Bridge Inventory Database". Retrieved 2009-10-30. 
  5. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Bell Creek

External links

  • Bell Canyon photo gallery: 'Nature' sections.


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