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Project: San Gabriel River Wetland Restoration Development

Description: The San Gabriel River Wetland Restoration Development (SGRWRD) is a multi-disciplinary endeavor that will enhance a wetland area, provide a regional model of stormwater best management practices, integrate educational and recreational activities, and provide for a new outdoor classroom and interpretive features. The 9-acre site is located within the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area between the San Gabriel River and the Rio Hondo (a tributary of the Los Angeles River), and is an integral element of the San Gabriel River Corridor Master Plan (2006). The greater area development project entails construction on 5.9 acres featuring the constructed wetland and naturalized bioswale, as well as, implementation of walnut woodland restoration, habitat buffer, a covered outdoor classroom, outdoor interpretive features, vehicular access, parking, and pedestrian pathways. Project benefits of the constructed wetland and bioswales include improved water quality and capture of onsite stormwater through sustainable site hydrology improvements. Area development and landscape improvements will enhance native habitat and provide living demonstration of the benefits of natural systems and watershed function to a large and diverse population. The project provides a regional watershed education center destination for area and regional resident and can be reached via the San Gabriel River Bike Trail linking communities along over the-37-miles from the Mountains to the ocean. The SGRWRD, as part of the San Gabriel River Discovery Center, will reach approximately 8.5 million residents, including several disadvantaged communities. Together this project will promote passive recreational use, spread awareness on values of watershed health and positively influence visitors to protect water resources and implement conservation improvements at home. RMC Objective: Reduce pollution or contamination of rivers, lakes, streams, or coastal waters, prevent and remediate mercury contamination from legacy mines, and protect or restore natural system functions that contribute to water supply, water quality, or flood management. Protect and restore rural and urban watershed health to improve watershed storage capacity, forest health, protection of life and property, stormwater resource management, and greenhouse gas reduction.

Reference Number: 3825P01RMC17012

Implemented By: San Gabriel River Discovery Center

Objective: RMC Objective: Reduce pollution or contamination of rivers, lakes, streams, or coastal waters, prevent and remediate mercury contamination from legacy mines, and protect or restore natural system functions that contribute to water supply, water quality, or flood management. Protect and restore rural and urban watershed health to improve watershed storage capacity, forest health, protection of life and property, stormwater resource management, and greenhouse gas reduction.

Type: Recreation/Access/Interpretation, Water Management

Total Cost: $6,287,000.00

Project Status: Project Implementation

On Time?: Yes    Within Scope?: Yes    Within Budget?: Yes

Estimated Completion: 12/31/2018    Actual Completion:

Associated Counties: Los Angeles

Located In Disadvantaged Community: Yes

Contribution SourcesContribution DateContribution Amount
  $5,541,384.00
Local Contribution1/23/2017$2,000,000.00
Other State Funds1/23/2017$3,000,000.00
Prop. 1, Ecosystem, Watershed Protection and Restoration1/23/2017$541,384.00


Project MetricMetric TopicQuantityUnit
Recreation/Access/Interpretation   
Water Management   

Water Action Plan Target

    
Make Conservation a California Way of LifeAction Description
Protect and Restore Important EcosystemsAction Description
Expand Water Storage Capacity and Improve Groundwater ManagementAction Description

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