Rivers & Mountains Conservancy dedicates overlook to celebrate 10th birthday

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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.