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southern california wetlands recovery project (SCWRP)

The Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project (SCWRP) is an alliance united to acquire, restore and expand wetlands along the coast and in the coastal watersheds.

“Restoration is a breathtaking concept. When a community commits to it – when people commit to the notion they can make things whole again – it opens immense possibilities.”
-- Mary Nichols, California Resources Secretary in 1998 when SCWRP was forming

Upper Newport BayThe goal of the SCWRP is to accelerate the pace, the extent, and the effectiveness of coastal wetland restoration through development and implementation of a regional prioritization plan for the acquisition, restoration, and enhancement of Southern California’s coastal wetlands and watersheds. Ultimately, the SCWRP’s efforts will result in a long-term increase in the quantity and quality of the region’s wetlands.

In 1998, both Republican and Democratic leaders in Sacramento made wetlands a priority and formed a 17 agency partnership entitled the Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project. Under former Governor Pete Wilson, the State allotted $5.85 million to jumpstart 11 priority projects and designated the State Coastal Conservancy as the lead agency for the partnership. The now 19 agency partnership is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of leaders of each agency and chaired by the State Resources Agency Chairman. The area served by the partnership is five coastal counties: Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego. A Public Advisory Committee provides grassroots support and its method of operation is through a Managers’ Group, a Science Advisory Panel, and county Task Forces.

Learn more about SCWRP:

Background
Discover what spurred the creation of SCWRP.

Official SCWRP Website
Visit the official SCWRP website.

Progress and Accomplishments
See how far SCWRP has come since its inception in 1998.

Benefits of Wetland Restoration
Read about the benefits of wetland restoration for the economy, biodiversity and community.

Grant Opportunities
Find out information on SCWRP grant opportunities.

Volunteers Needed
Learn about volunteer opportunities with SCWRP.

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