The Watershed Conservation Authority (WCA) is a Joint Powers Authority formed by the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy and the Los Angeles County Flood Control District. The WCA has developed plans for two parks:
Until a few years ago, thousands of ducks were raised on a farm which stretched for two miles along the San Gabriel River. The property, wedged between the San Gabriel River and the 605 Freeway, is located in the unincorporated community of Basset, north of the 60 Freeway and south of the 10 Freeway.
The duck farming operation was moved to the Central Valley, and the property was acquired by the WCA in December 2004. The total purchase price was $4.017 million. Prop 13 grant funds in the amount of $3 million were augmented by Prop 40 grant funds from the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy (RMC) in the amount of $1.017 million.
The WCA has started the process of transforming the 57-acre site into a publicly owned open space. Click to learn more about the Duck Farm Site Concept Plan.
River Wilderness Park
The WCA in collaboration with the City of Azusa purchased the former El Encanto Restaurant site in the City of Azusa in February 2006 for inclusion into the planned River Wilderness Park. This 40-acre property is located along Highway 39 in San Gabriel Canyon near the city's northern boundary at 100 Old San Gabriel Canyon Road, Azusa, CA 91702. A Master Plan has now been prepared for the WCA. Click to learn more about the River Wilderness Park Master Plan.