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Watershed Program

The Statewide Watershed Program's purpose is to advance sustainable watershed-based management of California’s natural resources through community-based strategies.  

The Statewide Watershed Program is an extension of the previous CALFED Bay-Delta Watershed Program, is administered through the Department of Conservation (Department), and includes grants for watershed coordinators. The Program operates with guiding principles and goals and objectives, that includes maintaining a commitment to public involvement and Program transparency.

Historical Statewide Watershed Program Documents are located in the Quick Links under Archives. 

What's New

2008-2012 Watershed Coordinator Grant Program Final Report - Now Available

California Watersheds - Educational Slideshow

A cooperative effort of the Department of Conservation and the Water Education Foundation, this Powerpoint slideshow defines and illustrates the roles that watersheds play in a healthy environment (PDF, 23 MB).  Case studies examine water, air, and land resources improvements that have been made in many areas of the state on a watershed basis.  Additional California Watershed Success Stories are available in more detail. 

2010 Watershed Coordinator Grant Program

The 2010 Statewide Watershed Coordinator Grants are now underway.  The 41 projects were funded for a three year period, with an award total of $9.15 million.  Funding was made possible under the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Act of 2006 (Proposition 84).  Please see the 2010 Watershed Coordinator Project List.

California Watershed Portal

The Department has created the California Watershed Portal; a library of information on California’s watersheds and their management, arranged under Tabs and Quick Links. From maps to grant programs, from agency contacts to data, the Portal provides watershed information and resources to anyone concerned about watershed protection and management. The Portal began its life as a joint effort of the Natural Resources Agency and CAL EPA. It was transferred to DOC’s Statewide Watershed Program where it was updated and redesigned. 

Watershed Advisory Committee

The Secretary of the Resources Agency has appointed a 24-member State Watershed Advisory Committee to advise on the development and conduct of a new State Watershed Program.  The Committee is responsible for guiding an extensive public outreach process to engage and receive advice from local people and communities on the construct of this new state program.  There are two committee members representing each of the state's ten hydrologic regions and four at-large members with a particular emphsis on tribal, environmental justice and regional geographic focus. 

About the Watershed Management Program

About Watershed Management

watershed logoWatershed management is the process of creating and implementing plans, programs, and projects to sustain and enhance watershed functions that provide the goods, services and values desired by the community affected by conditions within a watershed boundary. 

Learn more about watershed management here! (PDF, 700 kb)


Learn more about the water cycle here!

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