The San Diego River Conservancy is an independent, non-regulatory state agency established to preserve, restore and enhance the San Diego River Area. The Conservancy's 17 member Governing Board consists of both state and local representatives, creating a diverse partnership dedicated to conserving this highly valued resource of statewide significance.

Our mission is accomplished by (1) acquiring, managing and conserving land; and (2) protecting or providing recreational opportunities, open space, wildlife species and habitat, wetlands, water quality, natural flood conveyance, historical/cultural resources, and educational opportunities. For example, one important Conservancy goal is to build, in conjunction with our partners, a River-long park and hiking trail stretching fifty-two miles from the River's headwaters near Julian to the Pacific Ocean.

With over 10,000 years of human habitation, the San Diego River Area boasts no less than twenty-nine State Historic Landmarks, four National Historic Landmarks, three state parks, twenty local and municipal parks and public open spaces, as well as rich cultural resources. Today, the region is home to over one-half million people, including five Native American tribes, and at least twenty-five state and federally listed endangered and threatened plant and animal species. The region is also of significant economic value, welcoming more than twenty five million visitors, and helping to support an annual tourism industry in San Diego of over five billion dollars.


San Diego River Contamination Study: Increasing Preparedness in the San Diego River Watershed for Potential Contamination

Read the Final Report and View the Presentation

San Diego River Recreational Trail Plan (formerly Gaps Analysis) – List for Discussion

The Conservancy is seeking input from the public and regional stakeholders regarding the San Diego River Recreational Trail Plan. Download the Draft (FOR DISCUSSION ONLY – WORKING COPY.)

The 30-day public review and comment period is open from Friday 9/25/2020 through 10/25/2020. Should you have any questions or comments please contact Dustin Harrison, Environmental Scientist, at (858) 500-2966, (619) 390-0571, dustin.harrison@sdrc.ca.gov.

Public Meeting San Diego River Conservancy – September 10, 2020 – Teleconference

A teleconference meeting, open to the public, of the Governing Board of The San Diego River Conservancy was held on Thursday, September 10th, 2020, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. … read more

Greening San Diego Grant Program – Draft Grant Program Guidelines

For public review: The Greening San Diego Grant Program (Greening Program) provides funding for tree and vegetation planting projects and related green infrastructure to reduce and mitigate against Greenhouse Gasses (GHGs) and climate change. The Conservancy is interested in projects that contain a significant shade-tree planting component or to augment, expand, or better manage healthy urban, riparian and rural forests, parks and open space areas and provide multi-benefits.

The Greening Program Guidelines (Guidelines) establish the process the Conservancy will use to solicit concept proposals. Project proposals must be consistent with the Conservancy’s enabling legislation, its Strategic Plan and the Guidelines’ project selection criteria.

Comments should be emailed to dustin.harrison@sdrc.ca.gov. Comments may also be mailed to the San Diego River Conservancy, 11769 Waterhill Road, Bldg. 2, Lakeside, CA 92040. The Guidelines will be revised based on the public comments and then presented to the Conservancy’s Governing Board Members at an upcoming public meeting for approval.

To review the draft guidelines, download the PDF

San Diego River Conservancy 2019 Leadership Accountability Report

In accordance with the State Leadership Accountability Act (Leadership Accountability), the San Diego River Conservancy submits this report on the review of our internal control and monitoring systems for the biennial period ending December 31, 2019 [download file].

Should you have any questions please contact Dustin Harrison, Environmental Scientist, at (619) 645-3183, dharrison@sdrc.ca.gov.

The SDRC has a New Address

San Diego River Conservancy
11769 Waterhill Rd
Lakeside, CA 92040


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Meeting Schedule for 2020

  • Thursday, January 9, 2020
  • Thursday, March 12, 2020
  • Thursday, May 14, 2020
  • Thursday, July 9, 2020
  • Thursday, September 10, 2020
  • Thursday, November 12, 2020

Meeting Schedule for 2021

  • Thursday, January 14, 2021
  • Thursday, March 11, 2021
  • Thursday, May 13, 2021
  • Thursday, July 8, 2021
  • Thursday, September 9, 2021
  • Friday, November 12, 2021