San Gabriel River Green Access and Equal Justice Set 1996
The three mile radius along the San Gabriel River is complex demographically. There is a higher percentage of Hispanics and Asian/Pacific Islanders compared to the county as a whole. A higher percentage of people live in poverty. The percentage of people with a high school education or less is greater. However, the median household income is higher, and a higher percentage have access to a car.

These facts are shown in Map 1101 and Chart 1101C.

The San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy has jurisdiction over both rivers and can coordinate revitalization for both. The county, city, and other municipalities and agencies need to work together on a regional solution to ensure equitable distribution of the benefits and burdens of river revitalizion. The County of Los Angeles adopted a Master Plan for the Los Angeles River in 1996, and a Master Plan for the San Gabriel River in 2006. The Integrated Regional Water Management Plan for Greater Los Angeles County (IRWMP) covers the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers. Planning for the full length of the Los Angeles River, the San Gabriel River, and other waterways should be coordinated to achieve compliance with clean water and civil rights laws and social justice concerns.

Clean water compliance and flood control should be combined with healthy parks, schools, and communities through multipurpose projects. Green spaces in parks and schools can help clean water through natural filtration that can mitigate polluted storm water run-off to the rivers and the ocean. Flood control basins can provide green space for parks and playing fields, like the Sepulveda flood control basin recreation areas along the Los Angeles River do now. Recent state-wide resource bonds provide funding for clean water and flood control projects that can also be used for parks and school fields.

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Read more in The City Project's Policy Report Healthy Parks, Schools, and Communities: Mapping Green Access and Equity for the Los Angeles Region, a guide for creating healthy, livable communities for all.
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