SJFPEP funds projects through local assistance grants or direct expenditures to improve conditions for survival of various life stages of salmonids and other native fish populations in the lower San Joaquin River watershed, and to reduce vulnerability of native fishes to water diversions, predation, and other impacts to their populations at all life stages within or upstream of the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta (Delta).
The SJFPEP will give priority to projects that are consistent with or aligned with existing priorities of the CalFed Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) Stage 1 priority actions, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Recovery Plan for The Evolutionarily Significant Units of Sacramento River Winter-run Chinook Salmon and Central Valley Spring-run Chinook Salmon and the Distinct Population Segment of California Central Valley Steelhead and voluntary agreements that may be identified as part of the State Water Resources Control Board (Water Board) Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan update process.
Requires a single applicant that is a local public agency or a nonprofit organization.
Priority will be given to projects that are aligned with the Ecosystem Restoration Stage 1 Actions identified in the CALFED Bay-Delta Program Implementation Plan. The actions include improving and increasing aquatic habitats and ecological functions to support sustainable and diverse populations of aquatic species (to view the full implementation plan, refer to the Bay-Delta Program website.
Priority will also be given to projects that are aligned with the NOAA Fisheries Recovery Plan for The Evolutionarily Significant Units of Sacramento River Winter-run Chinook Salmon and Central Valley Spring-run Chinook Salmon and the Distinct Population Segment of California Central Valley Steelhead and Voluntary Agreements that may be identified as part of the Water Board’s BayDelta Water Quality Control Plan update process. See the RSP website for applicable planning documents.
All projects must benefit native fishes in the lower San Joaquin River watershed. Eligible project types include, but are not limited to:
Spawning habitat projects that include adequate substrate, temperature, aeration, and access.
Rearing habitat projects that provide sufficient cover, hydraulic complexity, refugia, temperature, flow, and food web structure with adequate seasonal timing and duration.
Water temperature improvement projects that include hydraulic modification to increase reserves of cold water including shading of water surface, channel modifications that could provide cool water refugia, and replacement of exotic plants with native plants.
Water quality improvements targeting low oxygen or pollutantconcentrations.
Habitat connectivity projects that link habitat structure to provide continuityand reduce exposure to poor quality river reaches.
Migration enhancements through barrier removal or passageimprovements such as ladders or natural roughened channels, diversionmodification and/or consolidation to eliminate entrainment, etc. thatprovide new or enhanced passage of adult and juvenile fishes.
Restoration of natural river processes and morphology, includingavailability of naturalized flow, interaction of groundwater and surfacewater, sediment transport mechanisms, scour and deposition, and channelmeander.
For general grant requirements and to download a copy of the solicitation guidelines, visit the RSP grants webpage.
- Public Agency
- Tribal Government
Local public agencies and certified nonprofits are eligible to receive funding under the RSP and SJFPEP. Privately held corporations, non-public entities, and individual landowners are not eligible. Other applicant types such as federally recognized tribes, tribes listed on the Native American Heritage Commission’s Tribal Consultation List, orcommunity groups will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Limited in geographic scope to the tributaries of the San Joaquin River, including the Cosumnes, Mokelumne, Calaveras, Stanislaus, Tuolumne, and the Merced rivers, and the San Joaquin River between its confluence with the Mokelumne River and its confluence with the Merced River. All projects must benefit native fishes in the lower San Joaquin River watershed
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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