We’re excited to be a founding member of the recently formed Our Water LA coalition. With the support of other environmental and community-focused organizations, we’re working to engage the public on support for local water resilience so that we can ensure our communities have access to clean, safe, reliable and sustainable water for drinking, recreation and commerce.
The San Gabriel Mountains and rivers are essential to a sustainable and healthy Los Angeles and the Angeles National Forest provides Los Angeles County with more than one-third of our drinking water. Each year, more than five million visitors come to enjoy the clear and cold rivers in the Forest and to recreate along the Emerald Necklace and it is important that we protect and enhance these resources for the enjoyment of all.
We’ve already had a big win: On May 30, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a motion directing the Department of Public Works to increase public and stakeholder engagement on the development of its Water Resilience Plan and to develop an associated Expenditure Plan and parcel tax that would help advance critical stormwater capture and quality projects and programs throughout the county.
SGMF will be engaging with our community partners to ensure that this plan and engagement process is inclusive and addresses the needs of underserved communities. Multi-purpose projects that incorporate community benefits while capturing stormwater and increasing water supply are critical to our residents.