Riverine Stewardship Program

Creek photo

From left, volunteers Arianna Ong, 11, and Kate Schuette, 8, collect debris in Arcade Creek in Carmichael during Creek Week clean-up day. DWR / 2013.

Through the Riverine Stewardship Program, we combine and extend the expertise and capabilities of two DWR programs that previously worked independently: the Fish Passage Improvement Program and the Urban Streams Restoration Program (USRP).

As a blended program, we are better able to deliver technical and financial assistance for the protection of listed fish species in combination with flood risk reduction and ecosystem enhancement of urban streams.

Our program also includes public engagement, outreach, and disadvantaged community support. We strive to connect with small communities and encourage community participation in project design and implementation.

Grant Opportunities

Funding will be available under the Riverine Stewardship Program’s USRP and San Joaquin Fish Population Enhancement Program (SJFPEP) for planning and implementation of projects that restore streams, creeks, and rivers to enhance the environment for fish, wildlife, and people. For more information on the grant solicitation, visit the Riverine Stewardship Program – Grants webpage. View other grant and loan opportunities with DWR.

Services We Provide


Our work focuses on designing, constructing, managing, and monitoring projects. Projects are selected based on existing priorities set by several entities, depending on the nature of the project:

  • Fish-related improvements
  • Flood risk reduction
  • Riparian, floodplain, and stream channel restoration
  • Climate adaptation

These entities include: DWR, National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), California Air Resources Board, Central Valley Flood Protection Board, State Water Resources Control Board, non-governmental organizations, and others.


Technical assistance is available to local agencies and public groups. These services are available statewide, but are dependent on the current availability of program staff, purpose of the project, program employee expertise, and site-specific considerations. Contact us at RSP@water.ca.gov for more information. 

Planning and Implementing Projects


Our role in planning and implementing projects differs from project to project.