Riverine Stewardship Program

Through the Riverine Stewardship Program, we combine and extend the expertise and capabilities of 2 DWR programs that previously worked independently: the Fish Passage Improvement Program and the Urban Streams Restoration Program. 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. Restoring urban streams fortifies communities, often increasing economic strength and property values. Small local projects can renew a community’s appreciation of the value of streams and make them a centerpiece for the community. Bringing people together helps make them stewards, and helps them prosper while expanding their contact with nature.

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 (NMFS), 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 for more information. 

Planning and Implementing Projects


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


Information on grant and loan opportunities with DWR.