The SMMC’s strategic plans are (1) to buy back, preserve, restore and enhance treasured pieces of Southern California to form an interlinking system of urban, rural and river parks, open space, trails, and wild-life habitats that are easily accessible to the general public; and (2) to forge partnerships and cooperation with other agencies – federal, state, counties, cities, resources conservation districts, water districts and park and open space districts.
Implementation of all agency goals is conducted in accordance with the objectives of the Santa Monica Mountains Comprehensive Plan, the Rim of the Valley Trail Corridor Master Plan, the Los Angeles County River Master Plan, and the San Gabriel and Los Angeles Rivers Watershed and Open Space Plan (“Common Ground”).
Proposition 1, cited as the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 states in section 79730, that funds provided by this chapter shall be available “for competitive grants for multibenefit ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration projects.”
Furthermore, section 79731 states that these funds “shall be allocated for multibenefit water quality, water supply, and watershed protection and restoration projects for the watersheds of the state.”
The Conservancy Board conducts public hearings for every project. The coordination with interdepartmental interests, other governmental entities, and local constituents are established during the planning phases of each project. Implementation of the projects by the SMMC is part of the Conservancy’s public hearing process. Additionally, special plans such as the San Gabriel and Los Angeles Rivers Watershed and Open Space Plan and the Conservancy Work Program were adopted with extensive government participation and public involvement.