Counties of Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo


Watershed Groups

There are numerous watershed and streams groups in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties and Regional & State Groups working toward salmonid and creek restoration.

Current Project Data Information

San Luis Obispo County Groups

Upper Salinas - Las Tables Resource Conservation District
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One of the major projects currently being conducted by the USLT-RCD is the Upper Salinas Watershed Management Plan. Click here for an overview of the plan and a large map of the watershed. The USLT-RCD provides technical conservation assistance to other agencies and landowners. programs offered through the District include:

Upper Salinas/Las Tables RCD operates Erosion Control Assistance Program (ECAP), an Alternative Review Program (ag grading/ponds) and has an ongoing partnership with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. USLT-RCD conducts studies and prepares plans for resource protection, and provides education covering agriculture, conservation concerns and more.

Central Coast Salmon Enhancement
Mission: Central Coast Salmon Enhancement, Inc. (CCSE) is dedicated to the enhancement and restoration of the Central Coast salmon fishery and local creeks. CCSE is also devoted to educating the community on the ecology and economy of these resources.

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Coastal San Luis RCD
Mission: To promote the conservation and protection of important natural habitats and ecosystems in the district.The RCD will seek to educate government entities and land managers to the value of important natural habitats and ecosystems. The RCD board will seek out land owners whose holdings include vital habitats and encourage the preservation of these ecosystems for native plant and animal species

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Greenspace - The Cambria Land Trust
Mission: To protect and enhance its ecological systems through land acquisition and management, public education and advocacy.

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Land Conservancy of SLO County
Mission: To protect land having scenic, agricultural, habitat and cultural values. We do this through land aquisition, conservation easements, and resource restoration. As a local land trust, we are part of a 100-year old nationwide tradition and our approach is time-proven.

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Morro Bay National Estuary Program
Mission: To protecting and restoring the natural resources of Morro Bay and its watershed. The MBNEP is a cooperative program of government agencies, non-profit organizations, businesses, property owners and interested citizens.

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Steelhead and Stream Recovery Coalition
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In January 2000, a Steelhead and Stream Recovery Coalition (SSRC) was organized to encourage efforts for the recovery of the threatened Southern Steelhead in San Luis Obispo County and Southern Monterey County. The SSRC holds bi-annual Steelhead forums for the Coalition. Participants include elected representatives; public agency representatives (national, state, county and local); watershed groups; public, private and non-profit agencies; technical resource groups; landowners; and advocates. Forum topics for Steelhead Recovery include restoration funding sources, permitting potential restoration projects issues, water-rights information, networking and mapping updates. The watershed groups meet annually before the Board of Supervisors to declare October Salmon and Steelhead Awareness Month.

Upper Salinas Watershed Coalition
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Santa Barbara County Groups

Santa Barbara Audubon Society
Mission: The Santa Barbara Audubon Society educates members of our community about birds and their habitats, advocates responsible legislation and public policies which help preserve our natural resources, and administers science-based projects using birds as indicators of environmental health. By focusing on birds and other wildlife, Santa Barbara Audubon works to conserve and restore ecosystems for the benefit of humanity and biological diversity. Conducts wetland and riparian restoration activities.

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Santa Barbara Urban Creeks Council
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The Santa Barbara Urban Creeks Council was formed to encourage the preservation, protection, and restoration of natural and urban streams. Our goal is to educate decision makers and the general public on the aesthetic, recreational and ecological values of natural streams located near our homes, places of employment, farms, or in commercial and industrial urban areas. In order to promote these values, the Urban Creeks Council holds regular meetings, develops educational materials, and hosts workshops and field outings to increase the awareness of the value of our natural streams, for the public as well as for engineering and planning professionals. Sponsors creek cleanups, restoration efforts, and other events to enhance and protect our local watersheds. Contact UCC President Wanda Michalenko at 684-6008 for more information.

Southern California Steelhead Coalition
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The Southern California Steelhead Recovery Coalition is an organization of environmental, conservation, surfing, sport and commercial fishing and river groups who have joined together to restore free-flowing rivers and streams, riparian habitat, and watersheds in order to foster the full recovery of the Southern Steelhead and other native aquatic and riparian species of Southern California.

Cachuma Resource Conservation District
Mission:The Cachuma Resource Conservation District is committed to the promotion of land stewardship ethics that result in long-term sustained use of natural resources, while protecting and enhancing the environment.

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Community Environmental Council
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The CEC runs the Watershed Resource Center which provides educational exhibits that make the connection between healthy watersheds and each of our own personal habits such as cleaning up after pets, landscaping with native plants, and properly disposing of everyday chemicals. CEC's Creek Watchers monitor local creeks by conducting simple water quality tests, inventorying the riparian plants and animals, and documenting potential problems such as foul smells or leaking drain pipes. To become a Creek Watcher, contact Jill Carlson at 963-0583 x149.

California State Parks
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State Parks staff and volunteers monitor habitat quality parameters on streams that feed seasonal lagoons on State Park property in Santa Barbara County. For more information contact Virginia Gardner, District Resource Ecologist, (805)899-1412; Fax (805) 899-1415 or write to: Channel Coast District 910, California State Parks, 1933 Cliff Drive #27, Santa Barbara, CA 93109.

Project Clean Water
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Project Clean Water is one of the programs included in the Santa Barbara County Water Resources Division's work program, which has been expanded to include pilot watershed planning efforts in Carpinteria and San Jose Creeks. In addition staff are participating in watershed assessment and planning efforts in San Antonio and Arroyo Burro Creeks. County staff also serves as co-chair for the LTF SCWRP. Among the issues dealt with in these various efforts us habitat protection and restoration as well as removal of barriers to steelhead migration.

ChannelKeeper Program
Mission: To protect and restore the Santa Barbara Channel and its watersheds through enforcement, citizen action, and education.

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Environmental Defense Center
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EDC is spearheading the Lower Mission Creek CalTrans Channel Modification Project – the largest steelhead restoration project planned in the City of Santa Barbara, has hired an engineer and developed preliminary designs to modify this mile-long concrete channel to accommodate steelhead migration – currently blocked by the channel – to historic spawning areas. EDC is involved in other efforts to protect and recover steelhead, including federal Critical Habitat designations, documentation of steelhead in local creeks and education of the public and agencies about their presence and plight. Last year’s Trout Count sponsored by EDC involved over 50 volunteers who surveyed trout in Mission Creek, and found over 140 steelhead trout. EDC is involved in water rights matters affecting the availability of water for steelhead in creeks and rivers. EDC is also involved in efforts to restore steelhead access to areas currently blocked by dams and roads, such as Bradbury Dam on the Santa Ynez River, Matilija Dam on the Ventura River, and Refugio Road on Quiota Creek.

Cachuma Conservation and Release Board
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The Cachuma Conservation Release Board (CCRB) is a joint powers agency formed in January 1973 between the Carpinteria Valley Water District, Goleta Water District, the City of Santa Barbara, and Montecito Water District. CCRB was established to jointly represent the respective parties in protecting the Cachuma Project water rights and interests of the four South Coast Cachuma Project Member Units. CCRB has developed the Lower Santa Ynez Fish Management Plan to help to restore steelhead to the lower Santa Ynez River.

Ventura County Groups

Ventura County Watershed Protection District
Mission: To protect life, property, watercourses, watersheds, and public infrastructure from the dangers and damages associated with flood and stormwaters.

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Santa Clara Parkway Project
Mission: To acquire floodplain lands from willing sellers in the lower river corridor in order to restore degraded riparian habitat, enhance flood protection, and provide educational and recreational access to the corridor. The Santa Clara River Parkway is a project of the California State Coastal Conservancy, in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy, other local non-profit organizations, floodplain landowners, and local governments.

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Friends of the Santa Clara River
Mission: To the protection, enhancement and management of the resources of the Santa Clara River, which flows approximately 100 miles from Acton, California to the Pacific Ocean. The Santa Clara is one of only two natural river systems remaining in Southern California, and crosses lands with many uses and local governments. FSCR is participating in a major river planning effort, the Santa Clara River Enhancement and Management Plan. We are also keeping busy with numerous other projects as described in Current FSCR Activities.

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Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Advisory Committee
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The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy was established by the California State Legislature in 1980. Since that time, it has helped to preserve over 55,000 acres of parkland in both wilderness and urban settings, and has improved more than 114 public recreational facilities throughout Southern California. Through direct action, alliances, partnerships, and joint powers authorities, the Conservancy's mission is to strategically buy back, preserve, protect, restore, and enhance treasured pieces of Southern California to form an interlinking system of urban, rural and river parks, open space, trails, and wildlife habitats that are easily accessible to the general public.

Keep the Sespe Wild
Mission: To preserve Sespe Creek, one of Southern California's last free-flowing rivers.

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Keep Sespe Wild Committee (KSWC) is a non-profit watershed conservation group. Of the Sespe's 55 miles, 31.5 were given federal Wild & Scenic River status in 1991. Since 1997, KSWC has been working hard at fighting the Recreational Fee Demonstration Program, as it applies to the National Forests. Under this program, National Forests across the country are now permitted to levy a fee for entering. Fighting this program and the commercialization agenda that is behind it, has become our main issue for the time being, as it affects Sespe Creek, which lies almost entirely within Los Padres National Forest.

Ojai Valley Land Conservancy
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The Conservancy is a volunteer, community-based group of private citizens working for the common goal of preserving open space in the Ojai Valley for your benefit and the benefit of future generations. During the coming years, efforts will be made to restore riparian stream channels, oak woodlands and other important wildlife habitats throughout the Ojai Valley. We will implement our first restoration effort at the Ojai Meadows Preserve through the assistance of graduate students from the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UC Santa Barbara and students from local schools.

Ormond Beach Observers
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1151 Shelburn Lane
Ventura CA 93001
Non-profit/Citizen group which is a coalition of 13 organizations working to preserve and restore the Ormond Beach wetlands through research and education with a focus on wetlands, beach, and Endangered Species.

Conejo Valley Audubon Society
Mission:To advance public understanding of the value and need for conservation of our wildlife, its habitat, and all natural resources, and to understand the relationship of such wise use and intelligent treatment to human progress.

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Matilija Coalition
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The Matilija Coalition is an alliance of community groups, businesses, and individuals committed to the environmental restoration of the Ventura River watershed. Starting with the removal of Matilija Dam, we are working for the recovery of the bioregion to benefit the recovery of the Southern Steelhead trout and to restore the natural sediment supply to the beaches of Ventura. Our Vision for the future is:

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Ventura CoastKeeper
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The Ventura CoastKeeper is a community based, non-profit, membership organization dedicated to protecting, preserving and restoring Ventura County's marine habitat, coastal waters, and watershed. The CoastKeeper strives to maintain a healthy environment for everyone in our diverse community through advocacy, education, enforcement and citizen action. The Ventura CoastKeeper was officially launched in November 2000 at Ventura Harbor, complete with a ceremonial blessing of the 22-foot patrol boat that Executive Director, Mati Waiya, uses to patrol the Ventura coastline and respond to calls about pollution in the area.

Regional & State Groups

California Coastal Coalition
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CalCoast is a non-profit advocacy group comprised of 34 coastal cities; five counties; AMBAG, BEACON, SANDAG and SCAG; along with business associations and allied groups committed to restoring California's coast through sand replenishment, increasing the flow of natural sediment, wetlands recovery and improved water quality. CalCoast was the co-sponsor, with the CA Shore and Beach Preservation Association, of the CA Public Beach Restoration Act (AB 64-Ducheny), which was signed into law in October, 1999.

California Conservation Corps
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The California Conservation Corps and Department of Fish and Game have been working in partnership with private and public landowners to enhance and restore California's salmon and steelhead habitat for more than 20 years. Founded and built on hard work, high quality scientific practices and community needs, the Salmon Restoration Program is one of the most influential and successful restoration programs in the country. The CCC is trained in steelhead habitat restoration work and has been working in the creeks for the last 25 years. The CCC has Fish Habitat Specialists on staff that can help develop, design, write grant proposals, lend technical expertise and manage and implement your restoration project.

Salmonid Restoration Federation
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SRF is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of California's salmon, steelhead, and trout populations and their habitat. SRF educates individuals, organizations, and agencies about innovative techniques for salmonid restoration by sponsoring an annual conference in California and operating technical field schools. SRF is devoted to educating the community on the ecology and economy of restoring natural resources for future generations of fish and people. We are interested in building a sustainable economy in rural areas so people in the restoration field can make a living wage while restoring the natural environment.

California Trout
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CalTrout's mission is to protect and restore wild trout, native steelhead and the waters they inhabit throughout California, and to create high quality angling opportunities for the public to enjoy. Their efforts focus on keeping water flowing and the resources healthy through their participatory work in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) dam relicensing process, protecting the public trust, reforming grazing on public lands, expanding the wild trout program, and recovering decimated steelhead populations statewide.

Conception Coast Project
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Conception Coast Project is dedicated to protecting and restoring the natural heritage of our region through long-term planning and community involvement. We envision a regional system of wildlands, connective corridors, rural lands, and urban centers designed to preserve natural communities while meeting human needs. We support an approach based on community, personal responsibility, and a clear understanding of the natural environment. To achieve this vision is to assure a high quality of life for all communities and future generations.

For the Sake of the Salmon
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For the Sake of the Salmon is a regional organization operating in Washington, Oregon and California. Our mission is "to restore salmon to levels which ensure healthy, sustainable natural populations and support productive fisheries." We are committed to supporting and assisting multi-stakeholder watershed focused efforts, raising awareness and building consensus amongst those who are concerned about the fate of our salmon. Our members include the states of Washington, Oregon and California, federal agencies, Indian tribes, local governments, the sport and commercial fishing industries, agricultural producers, utilities, the forest products industry and environmental groups. Our membership acknowledges that we are all part of the problem and must all work together to find a solution.

Earth Alert
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A California based environmental organization dedicated to informing the inhabitants of Earth on the importance of balanced ecosystems.

Surfrider Foundation
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Surfrider's mission is to protect and enhance the quality of the world's waves and beaches through conservation, activism, education and research. The Surfrider Foundation works to protect ocean water quality by providing education & outreach and sponsoring beach cleanups. Call 899-2583 for more information. There are Chapters in Malibu, Ventura, Isla Vista, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Bay.

California Native Plant Society
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The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is a statewide non-profit organization of amateurs and professionals with a common interest in California's native plants. The Society, working through its local chapters, seeks to increase understanding of California's native flora and to preserve this rich resource for future generations. Membership is open to all. Our members have diverse interests including natural history, botany, ecology, conservation, photography, drawing, hiking, and gardening.