The Conservancy`s strategic plans are (1) to buy back, preserve, protect, 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, resource conservation districts, water districts, park and open space district.
Implementation of all agency goals is conducted in accordance with the objectives of the Santa Monica Mountains Comprehensive Plan, the Rim of the Valley Trails 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 50, cited as the Water Security, Clean Drinking Water, Coast and Beach Protection Act of 2002, states in Section 79508, `Watershed protection activities in the San Gabriel and Los Angeles River watersheds shall be consistent with the San Gabriel and Los Angeles River Watershed and Open Space Plan as adopted by the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, this plan shall be implemented pursuant to Division 23 (commencing with Section 33000) of the Public Resources Code...`
Proposition 84 furthermore authorizes watershed protection activities that include the protection and restoration of rivers, lakes and streams, water and other natural resources; it shall also be used for the protection of beaches, bays and coastal waters and watershed, including project to prevent contamination and degradation of coastal waters and watershed, including projects to protect and restore the natural habitat values of coastal waters and lands, and projects and expenditures to promote access to and enjoyment of the coastal resources of the state.
Such activities under Proposition 84 shall be implemented throughout the watershed of the Upper Los Angeles River pursuant to Section 79508 of the Water Code and the Santa Monica Bay and its watershed pursuant to Division 23 (commencing with Section 33000).
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 Programs were adopted with extensive government participation and public involvement.