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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 Public Meeting – San Diego River Conservancy – January 9th, 2020

A public meeting of the Governing Board of The San Diego River Conservancy will be held on Thursday, January 9th, 2020, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, at the San Diego County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Highway, Room 302, San Diego, California. Read the Agenda [PDF] [DOCX] Meeting Packet


December 6, 2019 – NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY (NOFA) SAN DIEGO RIVER CONSERVANCY PROPOSITION 1 GRANT PROGRAM, ROUND 5

The San Diego River Conservancy (“Conservancy”) is pleased to announce the availability of approximately $2.5 million in funding for the Watershed Protection and Restoration Program. Funding for this grant program is provided from the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (“Proposition 1”) approved by voters on November 2014.  This 5th round of funding furthers the purposes of Proposition 1 and the Conservancy’s enabling legislation Public Resources Code, Division 22.9, Sections 32630 et al. (“the San Diego River Conservancy Act”) and the Conservancy’s Strategic Plan.

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. If grant awarded, grantee will be required to sign a 10-20-year maintenance and operation agreement after grant period ends.

Applicants are encouraged to consult with the Conservancy prior to submitting a Concept Proposal. Concept Proposals are due to Dustin Harrison dustin.harrison@sdrc.ca.gov and Julia Richards julia.richards@sdrc.ca.gov no later than 4:00 p.m. on February 28, 2020. Full Application is by invitation only and must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. May 29, 2020.

For guidelines, additional information, concept proposal and sample documents, please visit: http://sdrc.ca.gov/prop-1/.

PROPOSITION 1 PROGAM MANAGER
DUSTIN HARRISON

SAN DIEGO RIVER CONSERVANCY
1350 Front Street, Suite 3024
San Diego, CA 92101
619.525.4094

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March 7, 2019 – NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY (NOFA) SAN DIEGO RIVER CONSERVANCY PROPOSITION 68 GRANT PROGRAM

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 dharrison@sdrc.ca.gov and Julia Richards jrichards@sdrc.ca.gov 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/.

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NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY (NOFA) – SAN DIEGO RIVER CONSERVANCY – PROPOSITION 1 GRANT PROGRAM, ROUND 4

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 dharrison@sdrc.ca.gov and Julia Richards jrichards@sdrc.ca.gov 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


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…


The Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Fund 2014 (2014 Water Bond)

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/


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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