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San Gabriel Mountains

Rep. Chu stood with President Obama as he declared the San Gabriel Mountains a National Monument.

Our highly urban communities look toward these mountains because they are in desperate need of outdoor opportunities.  The Los Angeles area is one of the most park poor regions of the county. Too many of these communities lack the resources for residents to walk, jog, bike or picnic in their own neighborhoods.  But the greatest tragedy is that the communities in the most need are also some of the most undeserved in our nation.

As beautiful as these mountains are, they are in critical need of safe and proper facilities, clean up efforts, and educational programs. San Gabriel Valley residents and environmental groups have pushed for additional conservation, resources, and facilities in the Mountains and throughout the San Gabriel River Watershed to protect the natural resources we have left and expand recreational opportunities for communities in the region.

My efforts to protect San Gabriel Valley’s natural resources include:

Creating a National Recreation Area
Establishing the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument
Revitalizing the San Gabriel Watershed

Creating a National Recreation Area
In June 2014, I introduced the San Gabriel National Recreation Area Act (H.R. 4858), which would establish a comprehensive national recreation area to provide additional protection and resources for the San Gabriel Mountains. In response to legislation introduced by former Rep. Hilda Solis, the National Parks Service (NPS) commissioned a special resource study of the San Gabriel River Watershed and the San Gabriel Mountains. On completion of the study I worked closely with a wide range of local stakeholders and representatives from to draft legislation that reflects our local priorities. Now, I am urging Congress to take up this bill and I am working with the White House to secure permanent protections for the mountains.

Learn more about the San Gabriel National Recreation Area Act proposal.

Establishing the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument
In October 2014, President Obama acted on my call for permanent protection for the San Gabriel Mountains and declared 346,000 acres as the nation's newest national monument! Immediately after the new status was announced, over $4 million were pledged by various groups to help improve this area. This change, the biggest since 1908, is a crucial step at making our treasured mountains, rivers, and forests a national priority, but it is just a first step. I will continue to push for more protections and resources through my NRA bill. You can see the map of the new San Gabriel Monument here.

Revitalizing the San Gabriel Watershed
For decades, the San Gabriel River has performed essential flood protection, drinking water recharge and storm water conservation functions. Residents have expressed a growing desire to rediscover the river and offer more of its benefits to all the communities along its route. That’s why I introduced the San Gabriel Watershed Restoration Act in the 111th and 113th Congress to study how we can improve the river and expand its use. The study will look at revitalizing the San Gabriel River Watershed, focusing on ecosystem restoration, outdoor recreation enhancements, and ways to conserve rainwater and keep our water clean. I will continue to introduce this bill until it is brought to the House floor for a vote!

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October 18, 2016 My Bills

Accomplishments During the 114th Congress (2014-2016)

In District

Bringing more federal resources to the San Gabriel Valley is one of my top priorities. This is why I partner with federal agencies to ensure that we have access to federal programs and funding that could benefit our region. I am proud to have worked with these agencies and the President’s Administration on the following initiatives.

October 29, 2015 In The News
That’s why it was so heartening to see Rep. Judy Chu, D-Pasadena, last Friday introduce a bill that would add these lost pieces — an additional 109,492 acres of federal land — back into the monument. Chu announced the legislation at a celebration of the first anniversary of the presidential signing. “We wanted to make sure that the western area was included,” Chu simply said at the birthday celebration.
October 29, 2015 In The News
The boundaries of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument could creep farther into the Santa Clarita Valley under a bill recently introduced by Pasadena Congresswoman Judy Chu.
October 23, 2015 Press Release
Today, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) introduced the San Gabriel Mountains Foothills and Rivers Protection Act. This bill, cosponsored by Reps. Grace Napolitano (CA-32), Adam Schiff (CA-28), Linda Sanchez (CA-38), and Tony Cardenas (CA-29), and supported by local water, conservation and recreation groups, would expand the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument boundaries and create a new National Recreation Area (NRA). Establishing an NRA along the Foothills and San Gabriel River corridor would enhance conservation, increase access for all communities by connecting park poor areas to open space, and improve the management of the area through improved resources, education, and public engagement.
October 23, 2015 In The News
Besides adding to the monument, Chu’s bill would bring back the idea of a National Recreation Area originally proposed before Obama’s declaration. A San Gabriel Mountains NRA of about 50,000 acres would include private and public lands along the foothills, on both sides of the San Gabriel River from Azusa to Santa Fe Springs and westerly along a portion of the Puente-Chino Hills
October 16, 2015 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27) spoke and participated in the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument One Year Anniversary Celebration. The event was organized by the National Forest Service, conservation groups, local stakeholders and partners. Attendees participated in tours that featured the history of the San Gabriel Mountains, and rehabilitation projects involving a sign unveiling, painting, planting, and cleanup.
October 9, 2015 In The News
One year ago, I stood behind President Obama and witnessed history as he declared the San Gabriel Mountains a national monument. In that moment, the fate of these mountains and the San Gabriel Valley changed with the stroke of a pen. The impact of this designation was immediate.
September 4, 2015 Press Release
On Tuesday, September 8, the House of Representatives will meet for the first time since breaking for the August District Work Period. As the 114th Congress resumes, Rep. Judy Chu released the following list of her legislative and in-district accomplishments.
August 31, 2015 Press Release
Last week, the Bureau of Land Management terminated two contracts with the CEMEX Corporation, which would have permitted the company to begin mining in Soledad Canyon, adjacent to the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), who was instrumental in calling on the President to declare the area a National Monument and fought against the proposed CEMEX mining, released the following statement.
April 8, 2015 Press Release
Today, Democrats from the House Committee on Natural Resources held a forum in Los Angeles on environmental justice. The forum examined the effectiveness of federal legislation and civil rights laws to protect all low-income individuals and minority communities from environmental hazards.