Program Goals & Benefits

Organize existing information and develop baseline data to help evaluate the effectiveness of resource protection programs over time;

Provide information to help focus watershed improvement programs and guide support programs, such as the CDFW Fishery Restoration Grants Program to assist landowners, local watershed groups, and individuals in developing successful projects that lead to improved habitat and salmonid populations;

Provide information to help focus cooperative interagency, nonprofit, and private sector approaches to protect watersheds and streams through watershed stewardship, conservation easements, and other incentive programs;

Provide information to help landowners and agencies better implement laws that require specific assessments such as the State Forest Practice Act, Clean Water Act, and State Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreements.