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.
An ongoing voluntary partnership effort between DWR, CDFW, NMFS, USFWS, Nevada Irrigation District (NID), South Sutter Water District (SSWD), Friends of Auburn Ravine, local landowners, and farmers. These entities are integrating and planning watershed restoration projects balanced with science and water interests to help salmon and other fisheries thrive. The projects are located on Auburn Ravine, in Placer County.
Through a collaborative effort, we prepared the Calaveras River Fish Migration Barriers Assessment Report. This publication guides and informs our efforts to improve fish passage on the Calaveras River.
Learn more about our work in the Calaveras River watershed:
Our program, through a partnership with the City of Sacramento’s Avondale / Glen Elder Neighborhood Association (AGENA), Environmental Justice Coalition for Water (EJCW), Wells Fargo Philanthropic Services, the Valley Foothills Watershed Collaborative, and Kaiser Permanente Foundation, is part of a team that’s providing technical assistance, ensuring the project is linked to state priorities, and preserving the value and quality of California resources. The South Sacramento community center at the George Sim Park and Community Center is creating a vision to connect Power Inn Road and 65th Ave via a multipurpose trail along Morrison Creek, in Sacramento County. The project is still very early in the planning process. The Morrison Creek Community Group is looking to share this vision with partners in the community.
We will work with partners to plan and implement projects that address limitations to salmonid migration in the San Joaquin River including its tributaries. Projects may involve: flood protection, levee relocation, design, and construction of facilities to provide for fish passage and to minimize fish entrainment, riparian habitat enhancement, and water surface and water quality monitoring. We will focus on aiding projects identified in any voluntary agreements that arise out of the Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan update intended to support, in whole or in part, improvements to the San Joaquin River Watershed ecosystem and its fish populations. Specific projects may include augmentation of the Dos Rios project at the confluence of the Tuolumne and San Joaquin Rivers, and the removal of passage barriers in the Calaveras River and Mormon Slough. Other projects will be pursued where partnerships can be developed.
Information on grant and loan opportunities with DWR.