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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.

SDRC News

NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY (NOFA) – SAN DIEGO RIVER CONSERVANCY – JANUARY 18, 2022

MEMORANDUM FOR: POTENTIAL APPLICANTS

SUBJECT: NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY (NOFA) – SAN DIEGO RIVER CONSERVANCY

The San Diego River Conservancy (“Conservancy”) is pleased to announce additional funding of approximately $6.5 million for the Conservancy’s Wildfire and Forest Resilience Grant Program (“Grant Program”). The funding was approved through the Budget Act of 2021-22 for local assistance projects.  These monies will be used to fully fund projects with existing grant agreements previously awarded through the Grant Program.  … read more


NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY (NOFA) – SAN DIEGO RIVER CONSERVANCY – January 7, 2022

January 7, 2022

MEMORANDUM FOR: POTENTIAL APPLICANTS

SUBJECT: NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY (NOFA) – SAN DIEGO RIVER CONSERVANCY

The San Diego River Conservancy (“Conservancy”) is pleased to announce the availability of approximately $6 million in funding for the Conservancy’s Direct Grant Program (grant program).

Funding for this grant program was provided through the Budget Act of 2021-22 for local assistance projects.  This funding furthers the purposes of the Conservancy’s mission, enabling legislation Public Resources Code, Division 22.9, Sections 32630 et al. (“the San Diego River Conservancy Act”), the Conservancy’s Strategic Plan Update 2018-2023, and other state approved priorities and plans. … read more


May 7, 2021 – NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY (NOFA) – WILDFIRE EARLY ACTION PLAN

MEMORANDUM FOR: GRANT APPLICANTS

SUBJECT: NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY (NOFA)

FROM: SAN DIEGO RIVER CONSERVANCY

RE: WILDFIRE EARLY ACTION PLAN

[Download the announcement in PDF]

On April 13, 2021, the Governor signed SB 85 (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review), which amends the 2020-21 Budget Act to provide additional funding for various wildfire and forest resilience activities. This wildfire package enables the state to take urgent action on projects that support wildfire suppression, improve forest health and build resilience in communities to help protect residents and property from catastrophic wildfires in diverse landscapes across the state. … read more


San Diego River Conservancy is Allocated $12 Million for Regional Wildfire Prevention, Protection and Forest Health Projects

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 14, 2021 (also available in PDF or Doc)

CONTACT: Julia Richards, Executive Officer Julia.Richards@sdrc.ca.gov

San Diego (April 14, 2021) – The San Diego River Conservancy announced today that Senate Bill 85 was signed by the Governor that allocates $12 million to the Conservancy under the Wildfire Early Action Program. These funds will be used to strengthen fire resiliency including creating fire breaks, fuel reduction, the removal of dead, diseased and dying trees, the removal of invasive non-native vegetation, reforestation projects, repairing fire access roads, monitoring and assessing forest health, and public outreach to support and encourage home hardening in the wildland urban interface zone. … read more


Proposition 68 Grants – Concept Proposal Form

Concept Proposal Form [pdf] [doc]

Concept Proposals are due to the Conservancy by 5 p.m. on February 26, 2021. After the Conservancy completes review of the proposals, eligible applicants will be invited to submit full applications that are due by 4 pm on May 31, 2021. Submit documents by email to  dustin.harrison@sdrc.ca.gov  or by hard copy to the San Diego River Conservancy, 11769 Waterhill Rd., Bldg. #2, Lakeside, California, 92040.


January 4, 2021 – NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY (NOFA) – PROPOSITION 68 GRANT PROGRAM, ROUND 2

January 4, 2021

MEMORANDUM FOR: GRANT APPLICANTS
SUBJECT: NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY (NOFA)
FROM: SAN DIEGO RIVER CONSERVANCY
RE: PROPOSITION 68 GRANT PROGRAM, ROUND 2

[pdf] [doc]

Funding for this grant program is provided by Proposition 68 – The California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act, approved by voters in June 2018. This second round of funding furthers the purposes of the Conservancy’s enabling legislation, Division 22.9, which authorizes the Conservancy to award grants. The Conservancy supports projects that advance a number of goals, including public access, recreation, conservation, resource protection, climate resiliency, improve water quality and native habitat restoration to increase biodiversity of flora and fauna. … read more


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Meeting Schedule for 2022

  • Thursday, January 13, 2022 - Cancelled
  • Thursday, March 10, 2022
  • Thursday, May 12, 2022
  • Thursday, July 14, 2022
  • Thursday, September 8, 2022
  • Thursday, November 10, 2022