San Gabriel River Discovery Center located in Azusa, California main goal is to increase public knowledge of water-related environmental issues, including water conservation and natural habitat preservation and restoration. It is also to increase public awareness of the rich and vibrant history of the San Gabriel River and the important role it has played in the social and economic development of communities along its water course. It’s hard to picture it now as we race by the river on the 605 freeway but until the mid-1990s the San Gabriel River was free-flowing with natural banks, riparian habitat. The river we are familiar with today is “channelized”, contained by concrete to protect local residents from overflow, a reaction to floods in the late 1800s and the 1938 Los Angeles Flood . The Whittier Narrows area, the site of the San Gabriel River Discovery Center has been degraded by industrial and agricultural uses. The San Gabriel River Discovery Center is committed to restoring the area with wetlands, re-constitution of trails and native trees and plants. The center has been envisioned as a place where there are multiple ways to educate and inform students, families and the community about the San Gabriel River Watershed. While development of the project is a key element, getting students, visitors and the community actively engaged in learning about the watershed is critical to the Authority’s mission.