Restoration Partners and Programs

Federal Agencies

National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS): The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) National Marine Fisheries Service is the federal agency responsible for the stewardship of the nation’s living marine resources and their habitat. Within the Protected Resources Division of NMFS, the Sacramento Area Office’s assist staff from other federal and state agencies and the public with their obligation to comply with the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) in the Sacramento and San Joaquin River Basins, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and Suisun Bay. Staff evaluate the effects of proposed actions on anadromous fishes listed as endangered or threatened under the ESA, designated critical habitat of these species, and essential fish habitat (EFH) described under the MSA.

A representative from NMFS serves as a liaison to the Delta Conservancy Board. Website:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE): UCACE’s primary missions in the California Bay‐Delta are flood risk management, ecosystem restoration, navigation, environmental protection and emergency preparedness and response. Accomplishing these missions can contribute benefits to water supply, conveyance, water quality, and recreation. USACE has broad missions and authorities to work with non‐federal partners and stakeholders to develop and implement balanced, sustainable solutions to Bay‐Delta challenges.

A representative from USACE serves as a liaison to the Delta Conservancy Board. Website:

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation): In collaboration with other federal, state and local governments, tribes, non‐governmental organizations and stakeholders, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is implementing a variety of ecosystem restoration activities in the Bay‐Delta related to the ongoing operation of the Central Valley Project (CVP). These efforts include planning and environmental compliance for the Yolo Bypass area.

A representative from Reclamation serves as a liaison to the Delta Conservancy Board. Website:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS): The USFWS’s mission is to work with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Bay-Delta Fish & Wildlife Office has jurisdiction over listed, proposed, candidate and other sensitive aquatic species the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Consulting with water agencies about the delta smelt and its critical habitat is one of the office’s primary duties.

A representative from USFWS serves as a liaison to the Delta Conservancy Board. Website:

National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS): NRCS’s mission is to provide resources to farm owners and land owners to aid them in conservation. Originally established by Congress in 1935 as the Soil Conservation Service (SCS), NRCS has expanded to become a conservation leader for all natural resources, ensuring private lands are conserved, restored, and more resilient to environmental challenges, like climate change.

The Conservancy coordinates with the NRCS on enhancing habitat on working landscapes. Website:

State Agencies

California State Coastal Conservancy (Coastal Conservancy): The Coastal Conservancy is a state agency that purchases, protects, restores and enhances coastal resources, and provides access to the shore. The Legislature created the Coastal Conservancy as a unique entity with flexible powers to serve as an intermediary among government, citizens, and the private sector in recognition that creative approaches would be needed to preserve California’s coast and San Francisco Bay lands for future generations.

A representative of the Coastal Conservancy serves as a liaison on the Delta Conservancy Board. Website:

California Department of Water Resources (DWR): DWR is responsible for managing and protecting California’s water. DWR works with other agencies to benefit the state’s people, and to protect, restore and enhance the natural and human environments. DWR operates the State Water Project. DWR runs two programs pertinent to restoration in the Delta, the Fish Restoration Program Agreement (FRPA) and the FloodSAFE Environmental Stewardship and Statewide Resource Office (FESSRO). Website:

Fish Restoration Program Agreement (FRPA): FRPA is an interagency agreement between the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). The agreement calls for both agencies to carry out aquatic habitat restoration required by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Biological Opinions for the State Water Project (SWP) and Central Valley Project (CVP) operations as well as the DFG Longfin Smelt Incidental Take Permit. The goal of the FRPA program is to restore 8,000 acres of intertidal and associated subtidal habitat in the Delta and Suisun Marsh, including 800 acres of low salinity zone habitat, as required by the Biological Opinions and CDFW’s Incidental Take Permit. Website:

FloodSAFE Environmental Stewardship and Statewide Resource Office (FESSRO): FESSRO is a program under the Department of Water Resources (DWR) whose mission is to implement, integrative environmental stewardship and flood management statewide, through collaboration, sound science and innovative engineering. FESSRO includes three branches: Delta Levees and Environmental Engineering, Floodway Ecosystem Sustainability, and Environmental Restoration and Enhancement. Website:

DWR’s Delta Levee Program provided funding for the first phase of the Conservancy’s Arundo Control and Restoration Program.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW): CDFW is dedicated to maintaining native fish, wildlife, plant species and natural communities for their intrinsic and ecological value and their benefits to people. This includes habitat protection and maintenance in a sufficient amount and quality to ensure the survival of all species and natural communities. The department is also responsible for the diversified use of fish and wildlife including recreational, commercial, scientific and educational uses. CDFW also the state agency that implements the Ecosystem Restoration Program. Website:

Ecosystem Restoration Program (ERP): ERP is a multi‐agency effort designed to maintain, improve and increase aquatic and terrestrial habitats and ecological function in the San Francisco Bay-Delta and its tributaries in order to support sustainable populations of diverse and valuable plant and animal species.

Principal participants overseeing ERP are the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s (NOAA’s) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), collectively known as the ERP Implementing Agencies.

The program’s primary role in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is to provide funding and management for projects throughout the Sacramento‐San Joaquin Delta and watersheds. Current work in the Sacramento San-Joaquin Delta includes, but is not limited to, habitat restoration (including riparian, upland, floodplain, shallow water and marsh habitat), fish screens and fish passage, ecosystem water quality, non‐native invasive species, historical ecology, and foodweb productivity. Website:

ERP provided funding for the Delta Dialogues.

Delta Protection Commission: The mission of the Delta Protection Commission is to adaptively protect, maintain, and where possible, enhance and restore the overall quality of the Delta environment consistent with the Delta Protection Act, and the Land Use and Resource Management Plan for the Primary Zone. This includes, but is not limited to, agriculture, wildlife habitat, and recreational activities.

The goal of the Commission is to ensure orderly, balanced conservation and development of Delta land resources and improved flood protection. The Delta Protection Commission was reshaped by the Delta Reform Act of 2009. The Commission developed the Economic Sustainability Plan for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in 2012.

A representative from the Commission serves as a liaison to the Conservancy Board. Additionally, the Conservancy is collaborating with the Commission on the Delta branding and marketing effort and waterway cleanup events. Website:

Delta Stewardship Council: The 2009 Delta Reform Act created the Delta Stewardship Council. The Council’s job is to develop and implement a legally enforceable, long‐term management plan for the Delta (the Delta Plan) to achieve the coequal goals of protecting and enhancing the Delta ecosystem, and providing for a more reliable water supply for California in a manner that protects and enhances the Delta as an evolving place.

The Delta Plan calls out specific actions for the Conservancy related to restoration and Delta as an evolving place. Website:

State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board): State Water Board’s mission is to preserve, enhance and restore the quality of California’s water resources, and ensure their proper allocation and efficient use for the benefit of present and future generations. The State Water Board’s Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan identifies beneficial uses of the Bay-Delta, water quality objectives for the reasonable protection of those beneficial uses, and a program of implementation for achieving the water quality objectives. The State Water Board and nine Regional Water Quality Control Boards (Regional Boards) protect water quality and allocate surface water rights. There are two Regional Boards whose boundaries include the Delta:

Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board: Responsible for the Sacramento River and San Joaquin River Basin Plan. Website:

San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board: Responsible for the San Francisco Bay Basin Plan. Website:

The Conservancy partners with the State Water Board to implement the State’s Wetland and Riparian Area Protection Policy and Mercury Exposure Reduction Program for the Delta. Website:

Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB): The primary responsibilities are to select, authorize and allocate funds for the purchase of land and waters suitable for recreation purposes and the preservation, protection and restoration of wildlife habitat. WCB’s three main functions are land acquisition, habitat restoration, and development of wildlife oriented public access facilities. WCB approves and funds projects that set aside lands within the State for such purposes, through acquisition or other means, to meet these objectives. WCB can also authorize the construction of facilities for recreational purposes on property in which it has a proprietary interest. Website:

Non-governmental Organizations and Coalitions

American Rivers: American Rivers is a nonprofit that leads efforts to protect and restore the nation’s rivers and streams. Through conservation, American Rivers works to ensure clean drinking water supplies, revitalize fish and wildlife, improve recreation and leave a legacy of healthy rivers for future generations. Regional work in California includes restoration efforts in the Central Valley and Bay Delta. Website:

Audubon California: Audubon California is a nonprofit field program of the National Audubon Society that works to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the Earth’s biological diversity. Regional chapters in the Delta include Sacramento, Yolo and Stanislaus Chapter. Website:

California Waterfowl Association (CWA): CWA is a state-wide nonprofit organization whose principle objectives are to conserve California’s waterfowl, wetlands and hunting heritage. CWA’s core action areas are hunting heritage, waterfowl and wetlands, and public policy and government affairs. Website:

Central Valley Joint Venture (CVJV): The CVJV, one of 18 federally-administered national migratory bird joint ventures, is a self-directed coalition consisting of 21 State and Federal agencies, private conservation organizations and one corporation. Efforts are directed toward the common goal of providing for the habitat needs of migrating and resident birds in the Central Valley of California, including the Delta and Suisun Marsh.

The Conservancy is partnering with the CVJV to implement a project to enhance the regional capacity for tracking, reporting, and assessing habitat restoration projects in the San Francisco Bay-Delta and Central Valley. Website:

State and Federal Contractors Water Agency (SFCWA): SFCWA’s mission is to assist its member agencies in assuring a sufficient and reliable high-quality water supply for their customers from the State Water Project and federal Central Valley Project. The core focus of activities in pursuing this mission is centered on facilitating habitat conservation measures and research related to the restoration of the Delta ecosystem while assuring sufficient and reliable water supplies. In regards to Delta restoration efforts, SFCWA’s objective is to implement habitat restoration projects to comply with existing legal obligations and to provide for early implementation of restoration proposed in the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. Website:

Ducks Unlimited (DU): DU is a nonprofit that conserves, restores and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people. DU sets conservation priorities nationally, regionally, and locally in order to reflect wildlife, habitat, and human needs at each of those levels. DU is active in the Sacramento‐San Joaquin Delta as well as the Suisun Marsh.

DU’s projects have ranged from protecting rare riparian areas of the Cosumnes River, improving wildlife values on active agricultural lands, documenting the waterbirds benefits of Delta rice cultivation, restoring emergent Delta island wetlands, enhancing estuarine habitats in the Suisun Marsh, large subsidence reversal projects and tidal restoration. To date, DU’s conservation programs in the Delta and Suisun Marsh have assisted with the conservation of over 90,000 acres of wetlands, farmlands, and other habitats for wildlife. Website:

North Delta Conservancy (NDC): NDC’s is a nonprofit whose mission is to conserve, sustain and enhance the cultural, agricultural, recreational, wildlife and nature habitat resources of the River Delta region and to develop and promote sustainable protection, management and stewardship programs through research and education. NDC has a five-prong program that includes Conservation Leases and Easements, Education Outreach, Wood Duck Nesting Box Project, Egg Rescue Project and Upland Game/Native Grasses Project. Website:

Point Blue Conservation Science (PBCS): PRBO is a nonprofit organization that researches birds and ecosystems, creates management tools, leads field science training programs, and develops and delivers bird science education programs to advance biodiversity conservation in the west on land and at sea. Website:

Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs): RCDs are non-regulatory special districts in the State of California that work locally on conservation efforts in their communities. There are six RCD’s in the Delta:

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The Conservancy is partnering with the Solano Resource Conservation District to implement the Delta Arundo Control and Restoration Program. The Executive Director of the Suisun Marsh Resource Conservation District serves as a liaison on the Delta Conservancy’s Board.

River Partners: River Partners is a nonprofit organization that works to protect the environment by implementing large scale restoration projects along streams and rivers. Their project sites span the Western United States, including the Colorado, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Merced, Otay, Tuolumne, Feather and Stanislaus rivers. Website:

San Francisco Bay Joint Venture (SFBJV): SFBJV is one of eighteen Joint Ventures established under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. It brings together public and private agencies, conservation groups, development interests, and others to restore wetlands and wildlife habitat in San Francisco Bay watersheds and along the Pacific coasts of San Mateo, Marin and Sonoma counties. The goal of the SFBJV is to protect, restore, increase and enhance all types of wetlands, riparian habitat and associated uplands throughout the San Francisco region to benefit birds, fish and other wildlife.

The Conservancy is partnering with the SFBJV to implement a project to enhance the regional capacity for tracking, reporting, and assessing habitat restoration projects in the San Francisco Bay-Delta and Central Valley. Website:

San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI): SFEI helps define environmental problems, advance public debate about them through sound science, and supports consensus-based solution that improve environmental planning, management, and policy development. SFEI provides impartial scientific interpretations without partisan or financial interest in the outcomes of research and monitoring data.

SFEI programs include the Resilient Landscapes Program which synthesizes diverse historical records to learn how habitats were distributed and ecological functions were maintained within the native California landscape. This program advances understanding of how streams, wetlands, and woodlands were organized along physical gradients to help scientists and managers develop new strategies for more integrated and functional landscape management.

SFEI also runs EcoAtlas, which provides free public access to maps, tools and information for understanding the quantity and quality of California wetlands. EcoAtlas enables integration of information to provide landscape context for consideration of wetland extent and condition.

The Conservancy is partnering with the SFEI to implement projects to enhance the regional capacity for tracking, reporting, and assessing habitat restoration projects in the San Francisco Bay-Delta and Central Valley and to share and visualize environmental data. Website:

The Nature Conservancy (TNC): TNC is a conservation nonprofit that works both locally and globally to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. Over the past 20 years, TNC has restored nearly 25,000 acres of wildlife habitat in the Delta. TNC has also managed land in the Delta for nearly 10 years. TNC is deeply engaged in Delta planning efforts and studies including major efforts like the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and Delta Vision. Website:

Yolo Basin Foundation: Yolo Basin Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to the appreciation and stewardship of wetlands and wildlife through education and innovative partnerships.

The Executive Director of the Yolo Basin Foundation serves as a liaison on the Delta Conservancy’s Board. Website: