LOS ANGELES – Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the appointment of Drew Ready, Senior Project Manager at Council for Watershed Health (CWH), to the Watershed Area Steering Committee Community – Upper San Gabriel River.

“Everyone deserves access to safe, clean water, and many of the underserved communities I represent have unique water management needs,” said Chair Solis. “Drew’s appointment to the Watershed Area Steering Committee Community – Upper San Gabriel River is critical in helping to develop strategies and long-term solutions that address these needs in the years to come. I am appreciative of Drew’s service and look forward to his leadership on this important committee for the overall health and wellness of our most underserved residents.”

The Upper San Gabriel River Watershed Area is located in the mideast portion of Los Angeles County. The watershed area drains to the San Gabriel River and ultimately into the Pacific Ocean. This watershed area includes Big Dalton Wash, San Dimas Wash, Walnut Creek, Live Oak Wash, and San Jose Creek. Municipalities that fall within the boundaries of this Watershed Area include: Baldwin Park, Duarte, Glendora, Industry, Los Angeles County, West Covina, Diamond Bar, Claremont, Azusa, La Verne, Walnut, Irwindale, La Puenta, El Monte, Duarte, South El Monte, Bradbury, Arcadia, Monrovia, Pomona, and San Dimas. Regional Program funds for the Watershed Area are programmed by the Watershed Area Steering Committee comprised of local stakeholders from agencies, municipalities, and community members from within the Watershed Area. The Steering Committee meets regularly to develop funding plans and recommendations to provide water quality, water supply, and community enhancement benefits to the region.

“It’s an honor to be appointed to one of the five community stakeholder seats dedicated for the Safe, Clean Water Program’s Upper San Gabriel River Watershed Area Steering Committee,” said Drew Ready. “Watershed Area Steering Committees were established to identify regional goals that take into consideration the needs of municipalities and taxpayers including those historically under-resourced communities. Through inclusive decision making and the implementation of nature-based solutions that both improve human wellbeing and restore biodiversity, this committee will continue to help the County achieve the visionary goals of the Program.”

Mr. Ready is a Certified Arborist, Water Conservation Specialist, and Watershed Coordinator with over twenty years of experience in the fields of arboriculture, urban forestry, horticulture, ecological restoration and landscape design. He served as the Department of Conservation funded Watershed Coordinator (Los Angeles/San Gabriel Watersheds) at CWH for 11 years where he led innovative initiatives including the Sustainable Landscape Seminars, the Landscaping Lightly calendar series, the Weed Watch invasive plant education program, and the PlantProfiler native/water-efficient plant app. Mr. Ready helped co-develop LAUSD’s Drought Response Outreach Program for Schools (DROPS) that was successfully awarded five million dollars for stormwater improvements at six elementary schools. Most recently, Drew was the Conservation Programs Manager at Chino Basin Water Conservation District in Montclair before returning to CWH in July 2019.