Rivers & Mountains Conservancy dedicates overlook to celebrate 10th birthday

The state Rivers and Mountains Conservancy that protects the San Gabriel River turns 10 years old today.

The Rivers and Mountains Conservancy was the sixth such entity in California - and the first to serve an urban watershed that touches 68 cities and two counties. Now the conservancy is dedicating a river outlook to commemorate its first decade.

The outlook's named for Hilda Solis, President Obama's Secretary of Labor. Ten years ago, she was a Democratic state senator from La Puente.

The Rivers and Mountains conservancy acts as a conduit to direct state money toward local cities and agencies; so far it's leveraged more than 100-million dollars into more than 3200 acres of state parkland, including dozens of urban parks.

One of them is El Encanto, where a restaurant of that name once stood. The overlook dedication will highlight work there, including a walking and biking space, native foothill landscaping, a naturalized swale to capture and infiltrate stormwater and a picnic area that overlooks the San Gabriel River.

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