Grants Database

Center for Biological Diversity
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Project Title:
Protecting the Santa Ana River Watershed
California Watershed Protection Fund, 2019
Water Resources/Watershed Protection
Southern Coast
Riverside County ; San Bernardino County
Project Description:

The Santa Ana River is the largest in Southern California, and it supports numerous threatened and endangered species. The River also serves as an important source of municipal drinking water and provides recreational opportunities for the 4.8 million local residents. Through scientific analysis, planning, outreach, advocacy and litigation, CBD has worked for many years to help protect and maintain the interlocking natural components of this ecosystem. By protecting the Santa Ana River from water mismanagement and excessive development, CBD hopes to help protect both water quality and quantity and secure habitat for water dependent species. CBD will use this grant to support a number of water quality advocacy projects. Specifically, part of the grant will support administrative advocacy on two Habitat Conservation Plans and flow management plans which could alter the habitat of numerous aquatic dependent wildlife species. CBD will also monitor agency compliance with secured settlement agreements and other court orders. Further, CBD will use the grant to support two ongoing legal advocacy efforts. The first is against the Army Corps of Engineers whereby CBD seeks to require an adequate release of water from the Seven Oaks dam to support endangered species downstream. The second action involves halting irresponsible development projects that would negatively impact the upper Santa Ana watershed.