The San Gabriel River Discovery Center project is part of a dynamic movement to re-vitalize Southern California’s river eco-systems. More than 100 community and environmental leaders, elected officials and organizations have gotten behind the San Gabriel River Discovery Center vision of environmental access and education as well as revitalization of precious watersheds.
Claire Robinson of Amigos de los Rios supports the Discovery Center as an entry point to the Emerald Necklace Regional Park network (a 17-mile loop of parks and greenways to connect 10 cities along along the San Gabriel and Rio Hondo Rivers.) She joins with others such as Miguel Luna of Urban Semillas, a local grassroots environmental and water education organization and attorney Adrian Martinez with EarthJustice (established “because the earth needs a good lawyer”) Mark Masaoka of the Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council, TreePeople founder Andy Lipkis along with dozens of other environmental and social equity leaders. (link here to endorsers list)
An alliance of public agencies has worked with local conservation groups and agencies since 2006 to develop the project. The San Gabriel River Discovery Center Authority includes the Los Angeles County Department of parks and Recreation, The San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy, Central Basin Municipal Water District and the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District.
Mark Stanley, Executive Officer of the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy, leads the effort.