California Department of Fish and Wildlife

ERP Grants Program

ERP administers a multi-agency Grants Program aimed at improving ecosystem health in the ERP Focus Area (JPG). The ERP Grant Program coordinates with the CDFW Regions, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to fund grant projects to address ERP goals and objectives. The vast majority of these projects focus on fish passage issues, species assessment, sedimentation, ecosystem water quality or habitat restoration.The following table lists the types and number of projects funded by ERP through June 2014:

Types and Number of Projects Funded by ERP Through June 2014
Type of Project Project Count Amount Approved
At-Risk Species Assessment 57 $57,151,597
Ecosystem Water and Sediment Quality 67 $79,552,317
Environmental Education 33 $7,051,745
Environmental Water Management 8 $7,925,853
Estuary Foodweb Productivity 4 $2,172,064
Fish Passage 19 $82,189,111
Fish Screens 65 $122,431,726
Harvestable Species Assessment 2 $774,500
Hydrodynamics, Sediment Transport, and Flow Regimes 29 $36,876,141
Local Watershed Stewardship 54 $19,114,716
Lowland Floodplains and Bypasses 29 $42,707,792
Mine Remediation 4 $2,177,550
Non-Native Invasive Species 34 $33,109,176
Riparian Habitat 31 $47,572,599
River Channel Restoration 18 $24,527,234
Shallow Water and Marsh Habitat 52 $74,165,441
Upland Habitat and Wildlife Friendly Agriculture 21 $66,970,718
X2 Relationships (Freshwater-Seawater Interface) 1 $509,222
Totals 528 $706,979,503

More information on ERP projects can be accessed at the following links:

Grant Funding

The ERP uses several processes to achieve its goals and ecosystem restoration activities. ERP solicits grant projects through a Proposal Solicitation Process (PSP) or a Directed Action Process (DA). ERP utilizes both State and federal funding to accomplish projects and activities. In addition, ERP coordinates and collaborates with other funding entities to accomplish restoration activities. The primary sources of State funding for ERP projects include the following:

  • Proposition 204 - Safe, Clean, reliable Water Supply Act (1996)
  • Proposition 13 (PDF) - Safe Drinking Water, Clean Water, Watershed Protection, and Flood Protection Bond Act (2000)
  • Proposition 50 (PDF) - Water Quality, Supply and Safe Drinking Water Projects Act (2002)
  • Proposition 84 - Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act (2006)

Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP)

The PSP process allows for an open solicitation, rigorous technical review, and public input. Solicitations are created to identify and award projects targeted at achieving ERP goals and objectives. ERP utilizes a PSP process to identify and fund restoration projects. Applicants submit proposals for consideration and the PSP outlines the process that is followed to award funding to priority projects. Potential projects are reviewed by the ERP Implementing Agencies who may recommend the project for funding to the CDFW Director. More information on PSPs can be accessed at the following links:

Directed Action (DA)

Addressing critical information needs may require soliciting specific study approaches or projects that fill gaps of strategic need, or ERP may be approached by those with projects that can help fill these gaps. ERP utilizes a DA process to identify proposals for projects addressing ERP implementation priorities of special near term importance and where a single eligible entity is known to be uniquely qualified to carry out tasks. These potential projects address an urgent or timely issue or a unique oppurtunity in response to immediate ERP priorities. These potential projects, after having been reviewed and recommended by the ERP Implementing Agencies, can be awarded through a directed action. Potential projects are reviewed by the ERP Implementing Agencies who may recommend the project for funding to the CDFW Director.

More information on DAs can be accessed at the following links:

For more information, contact Kevin Fleming at or (916) 445-1739.