San Gabriel River Discovery Center at Whittier Narrows

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SCH Number
Lead Agency
United States Army, Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
Document Title
San Gabriel River Discovery Center at Whittier Narrows
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Present Land Use
Whittier Narrows Center / Open Space (O-S) / Open Space
Document Description
The Discovery Center project consists of a new building and site construction on approximately 8.1 acres within the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area. The primary project features include a main building, parking lot, maintenance building, open air classroom, constructed wetland, covered outdoor classroom, and connecting pathways from these locations. The existing Whittier Narrows Nature Center would be demolished in order to construct the Discovery Center main building. The new one-story, approximately 18,230-square foot building would be located on the western portion of the project site along Durfee Avenue. The main building would include a lobby, exhibit areas, classrooms, support facilities, and administrative offices, including a Los Angeles County Sheriff substation. Access to the main building would be provide at the existing driveway location on the south side of Durfee Avenue. A new 150-car parking lot would be constructed on the eastern portion of the project site. The maintenance building would be located on the eastern end of the parking lot and would provide parking for maintenance vehicles, material storage, and office space for site maintenance staff. Parking for bicycles would be provided. The Discovery Center and the parking lot would be open to the public from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm seven days per week.

Contact Information

Valorie Shatynski
Agency Name
San Gabriel River Discovery Center Authority
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


El Monte
Los Angeles
Cross Streets
1000 N. Durfee Avenue
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
SR-60, I-605
South El Monte HS
San Gabriel River, Lario Creek

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
Development Types
Recreational (18,230 square foot nature center on 8.1 acre site)
Local Actions
Site Plan
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Cultural Resources, Drainage/Absorption, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Septic System, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire, Wildlife
Reviewing Agencies
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Highway Patrol, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Region 4 (RWQCB), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Department of Water Resources, Office of Historic Preservation, Resources Agency, California Department of Transportation, District 7 (DOT)
Reviewing Agency Comments
California Department of Transportation, District 7 (DOT)

Disclaimer: The document was originally posted before CEQAnet had the capability to host attachments for the public. To obtain the original attachments for this document, please contact the lead agency at the contact information listed above. You may also contact the OPR via email at or via phone at (916) 445-0613.

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