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 13 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 8,000 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.




The San Diego River Conservancy (Conservancy) is pleased to announce the availability of approximately $4 million in funding for the Watershed Protection and Restoration Program. The amount awarded will depend on the quality of the proposals submitted. Work performed under the grant agreement is subject to availability of funds through the State’s normal budget process. Payments under the grant will be made on a reimbursement basis only. Concept Proposals are due to Dustin Harrison and Julia Richards no later than close of business on January 30, 2018. Applicants are encouraged to consult with the Conservancy prior to submitting a Concept Proposal. (more…)

SDRC’s Proposition 1 Guidelines Update Public Workshops

The San Diego River Conservancy held two public workshops, one on Wednesday October 4, 2017 @ 1pm at the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board, 2375 Northside Drive, Board Hearing Room, San Diego, and the other on Wednesday October 11, 2017 @ 9am at the Santee City Hall, 10601 Magnolia Avenue, Bldg. 8A, in Santee, California. Read more…

San Diego River Conservancy’s Legislative Report 2014 – 2016

Dear Members of the California State Legislature,

On behalf of the San Diego River Conservancy, thank you for your continued interest and support of work by the Conservancy to protect and enhance the unique history, natural resources and cultural heritage within the river’s watershed.

Attached is an update on the San Diego River watershed including a summary, a map highlighting selected projects for the period of 2014 to 2016, and a video.

I would personally like to thank members of the Conservancy Board, state and federal agencies, the Kumeyaay Nation, the County of San Diego, the community of Lakeside, the cities of San Diego and Santee, the Conservancy’s many community-based partners, our staff and the hundreds of volunteers who work with nonprofit organizations and local partners for their dedication and tireless efforts to make the river and its watershed a cultural, historical and natural resource for all to enjoy now and into the future.

Julia L. Richards
Executive Officer