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.
Funding for this grant program is provided by the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018 (“Prop 68”) approved by voters on June 2018. This funding furthers the purposes of the Conservancy’s enabling legislation, Division 22.9, which authorizes the Conservancy to undertake projects and award grants.
The San Diego River Conservancy (Conservancy) is pleased to announce the availability of approximately $1 million in funding for its competitive Prop 68 Grant 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.
The Conservancy strongly encourages potential applicants to contact its Program Manager, Dustin Harrison, to discuss project ideas in advance and to identify permits needed to secure land tenure or site control for potential project locations. His contact information is above.
All Prop 68 grants funded by the Conservancy must be consistent with the purposes of Chapters 1-13, Sections 80000-80173. https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB5
Concept Proposals are due to Dustin Harrison firstname.lastname@example.org and Julia Richards email@example.com no later than close of business on May 15, 2019.
For guidelines, additional information, forms and sample documents please visit: http://sdrc.ca.gov/prop68/.
A public meeting of the Governing Board of The San Diego River Conservancy was held Thursday, March 14, 2019, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, at the County of San Diego Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Highway, Room 302
San Diego, California. Read the agenda…
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and Julia Richards email@example.com no later than close of business on January 30, 2018. Applicants are encouraged to consult with the Conservancy prior to submitting a Concept Proposal. … read more
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…
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
The Conservancy will be accepting concept proposal for FY 16/17 from May 30 – July 8, 2016 for Round 2 of its Proposition 1 grant program
Please click link to access program information. http://sdrc.ca.gov/prop-1/
- Proposition 68 Competitive Grant Program
- Prop 68 Grant Program Guidelines - Draft - For Public Review
- 2017 - 2018 Legislative Report
- 2014 - 2016 Legislative Report
- Proposition 1 (2014 Water Bond)
- SDRC Strategic Plan Update 2018-2023
- San Diego River Trail Gaps Analysis (October 2010)
- San Diego River Tributary Canyons Project - Feasibility Report (April 2010)
- Photo Gallery
- Control of Invasive Non-Native Plants and Native Plant Restoration Program
- USGS Least Bell's Vireo - San Diego River Annual Reports
- Tribal Consultation Policy
- Appraiser List
Meeting Schedule for 2019
Thursday, January 10, 2019
- Thursday, March 14, 2019
- Thursday, May 9, 2019
- Thursday, July 11, 2019
- Thursday, September 12, 2019
- Thursday, November 14, 2019