State & Regional Programs

Cal/EPA: State Water Resources Control Board/ Regional Water Quality Control Board

California Integrated Water Quality System Project (CIWQS)Computer system the state uses to track water quality regulatory data. CIWQS makes data available to the public through reports that display the regulatory data that CIWQS contains.

California Rapid Assessment Method (CRAM)Methodology and software designed for assessing ambient conditions within watersheds, regions, and throughout the State. It can also be used to assess the performance of compensatory mitigation projects and restoration projects.

California Water Quality Monitoring Council (CWQMC)Mandated by SB 1070 to develop specific recommendations to improve coordination and cost-effectiveness of water quality and ecosystem monitoring and assessment; enhance the integration of monitoring data across departments and agencies; and increase public accessibility to information (web portals). Includes beach water quality, CA wetlands, bioaccumulation workgroups.

California EcoAtlasWeb portal that provides information about the wetlands of selected regions of California (including North Coast). Wetland information currently available for the North Coast region includes: Habitat (modern habitat map); North Coast Projects.

Clean Water Team (CWT) Citizen MonitoringThe Clean Water Team (CWT) is the citizen monitoring program of the State Water Resources Control Board. The CWT is a part of the Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP). The CWT Citizen Monitoring Coordinator(s) work statewide in order to provide technical assistance and guidance documents, training, QA/QC support, temporary loans of equipment and communication to citizen monitoring programs and watershed stewardship organizations.

eWRIMS (Electronic Water Rights Information Management System)The Division of Water Rights is in the process of scanning all Permits and Licenses, Small Domestic Registrations, Stockpond Certificates, and Livestock Stockpond Certificates and Statements. They are displayed in numerical order at links on the website. You can use your web browser search function to find a specific document.

Sediment TMDL Implementation Monitoring StrategyThe Monitoring Strategy is needed to provide feedback on the recovery of sediment-impaired water bodies and the success of the Sediment TMDL Implementation Strategy and efforts to reduce excess sediment discharges.  It will include monitoring objectives, the locations of trend monitoring stations, a description of the parameters to be monitored, benchmark conditions, measurable milestones, and specific due dates for monitoring and data analysis.

Statewide Water Analysis Network (SWAN)Network being developed to collaborate with interested stakeholders to improve analytical tools and share data. Currently three pilot programs: forecasting water demand; integrating state UWMP data; and describing physical features/ connections in the state water management system.

Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP)Monitors and assesses condition of all surface waters. Current focus on bioaccumulation in fish; characterizing “stream health” throughout the state by use of benthic macroinvertebrate (BMI)community composition and physical habitat assessments in high-gradient streams; misc. special studies. SWAMP is “umbrella” and provides ambient context for additional monitoring efforts.

Cal/EPA Air Resources Board Programs

Energy Activities: In 2006, Governor Schwarzenegger signed Assembly Bill 32 (AB 32), the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (Act), into law. The Act requires the Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) in coordination with other agencies to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. The ARB assists local air districts to control the emission of criteria pollutants from electrical generation equipment.

Cal/EPA: Department of Pesticide Regulation

Air Program: Protecting the air we breathe is one of the highest priorities of the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR). We focus not only on preventing health problems that can be caused by pesticide air toxins, but also on reducing pesticide emissions that contribute to air pollution.

Ground Water Protection Program: DPR’s Ground Water Protection Program evaluates and samples for pesticides to determine if they may contaminate ground water, identifies areas sensitive to pesticide contamination and develops mitigation measures to prevent that movement. We also adopt regulations and do outreach to carry out those mitigation measures. The measures are designed to prevent continued movement to ground water in contaminated areas and to prevent problems before they occur in other areas.

Pest Management: DPR has a legal mandate to encourage the use of environmentally sound pest management, including integrated pest management (IPM). Many DPR programs stress a least-toxic approach to pest management and promote risk reduction through information, encouragement, incentives, and community-based problem solving.

Pesticide Use Inventory: Tracks pesticide/ hazardous waste use

Surface Water Protection Program: Characterize pesticide residues, identify sources of contamination, determine mechanisms of off-site to surface water, and develop site-specific mitigation strategies.

Cal/EPA: Department of Toxic Substances Control

Cal/EPA: Department of Toxic Substances Control: DTSC regulates and provides information about hazardous waste control and clean up. Collects and analyzes data on water, soil, sediment concentrations.

California Strategic Growth Council 

Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities: Funds land-use, housing, transportation, and land preservation projects to support infill and compact development that reduces greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions.

Sustainable Agricultural Lands ConservationThrough planning and permanent protection of farm and ranch lands via agricultural easements, the SALC program will prevent increases in GHG emissions by limiting opportunities for expansive, vehicle dependent forms of development in favor of more focused, compact, and transit oriented development within discrete growth boundaries.

Urban Greening Grants:
Proposition 84 funding for urban greening projects and plans that reduce energy consumption, conserve water, improve air and water quality, and provide other community benefits.

Sustainable Communities Planning Grant and Incentives Program
On behalf of the Strategic Growth Council, the Department of Conservation manages competitive grants to cities, counties, and designated regional agencies to develop and implement plans that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve other sustainability objectives.

Modeling Incentive Awards: Provides funds for data gathering and model development necessary to comply with SB 375 (2008).

Resources Agency: California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Coastal Watershed Planning and Assessment Program (CWPAP): Provides a consistent scientific foundation for collaborative watershed restoration efforts and to better meet the State needs for protecting and restoring salmon species and their habitats. NCWAP is one of the sources of data used in regional TMDL development to understand existing conditions within a watershed

Marine Protection Areas (MPAs): Monitors a network of protected ocean regions (MPAs) to preserve biological diversity, promote recovery of wildlife populations and improve ecosystem health.

California Natural Diversity Database (CNDDB): Inventories the status and locations of rare plants and animals in California. Maintains current lists of rare species a database of GIS-mapped locations for these species.

Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Marine Region: One of seven geographic CDFG regions. Specific statewide projects deal with fisheries and habitat management, environmental review, and water quality monitoring. The Project Review/ Water Quality Unit staff reviews activities that impact marine habitat and resources, such as dredging, new construction, and wave energy. Includes monitoring of marine invasive species.

Biogeographic Information and Observation System (BIOS): A system designed to enable the management, visualization, analysis and sharing of biogeographic data collected by the Department of Fish and Game and its Partner Organizations.

Aquatic Bioassessment Laboratory: Performs assessments of water quality based on organisms in the water. Field sampling protocols include targeted riffle and multiple habitat sampling of benthic macroinvertebrates (BMIs), fish and algae as well as associated physical habitat and chemical monitoring. Current research efforts focus on developing IBIs for different regions, developing objective reference condition selection methods and establishing quantitative tolerance values.

Resources Assessment Program: Address resource assessment priorities and existing efforts in the collection, analysis, and use of data on native fish, wildlife, plants, and communities.

Invasive Species Program: Involved in efforts to prevent the introduction of invasive species (plant, animal, microbe, terrestrial, aquatic) into the state; detect and respond to introductions when they occur; and prevent the spread of non-native invasive species that have become established.

Marine Invasive Species Program: The Marine Invasive Species Program (MISP) within the Department of Fish and Game, Office of Spill Prevention and Response (DFG-OSPR) coordinates with the California State Lands Commission (CSLC) to control the introduction on Non-Indigenous Species (NIS) from the ballast of ocean-going vessels.

Office of Oil Spill Prevention and Recovery: Administers the Scientific Study and Evaluation Program that investigates and evaluates new oil spill response and cleanup methods, potential adverse effects of oil spills, and development of natural resource damage assessment tools.

Resources Agency: California Coastal Commission

Critical Coastal Areas Program: Guides and coordinates state agencies on oceans and coastal resources protection. Recommends legislative policy for protecting these resources. 

Coastal Cleanup Day: California Coastal Cleanup Day, an annual beach and inland waterway cleanup, is the state's largest volunteer event.

Resources Agency: Coastal Conservancy

Climate Ready Program: The Coastal Conservancy’s Climate Ready program provides a focus for our work protecting important coastal resources and habitats from the current and future impacts of climate change. The Conservancy is collaborating with local partners and other agencies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare communities along the coast and within the San Francisco Bay for climate change. 

Coastal Oceans Currents Monitoring Program: Emphasizes technology to measure and map surface currents.

Resources Agency: State Lands Commission

Ballast Water Monitoring Program: Evaluate effectiveness of ballast water discharge regulations.

Resources Agency: Department of Parks and Recreation

The Inventory, Monitoring, and Assessment Program (IMAP): Evaluates the natural resources of the State Park System. Data are generally quantitative. Examples include measuring stream water quality; the distribution of various species of plants in an area; and counting the number of offspring of endangered animals. The data can be used to make status assessments of a unit's natural resources, such as what resources are present, where the resources are distributed, and how much of a resource is present.

Resources Agency:  Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire)

Environmental Protection and Regulations Program: CAL FIRE's mission includes protecting California's resources - not only from natural disaster, but from the direct and indirect impacts that may arise from the Department's actions. CAL FIRE's own activities, as well as those it approves, permits, funds or otherwise facilitates, may impact the environment, and are therefore subjust to environmental review.

The Fire and Resource Assessment Program (FRAP): Provides a variety of products including the Forest and Range Assessment, a detailed report on California’s forests and rangelands. FRAP provides extensive technical and public information for statewide fire threat, fire hazard, watersheds, socio-economic conditions, environmental indicators, and forest-related climate change.

Pest Management Program:  CAL FIRE's forest pest specialists help protect the state's forest resources from native and introduced pests, conduct surveys and provide technical assistance to private forest landowners, and promote forest health on all forest lands.

Resources Agency: Department of Water Resources

Integrated Water Resources Information System (IWRIS): Data management tool for water resources data. Web based GIS application allows one to access, integrate, query, and visualize multiple sets of data. Some of the databases include DWR Water Data Library, California Data Exchange Center (CDEC), USGS streamflow, Local Groundwater Assistance Grants (AB303), and data from local agencies.

Division of Environmental Services: Provides data related to drinking water quality and provides a central focal point for the collection and dissemination of water quality information.

Division of Operations and Maintenance: State Water Project Water Quality Monitoring: Routinely monitors chemical, physical and biological parameters including more than 40 sites and over 200 individual chemicals. Both discrete grab samples and continuous automated station data comprise a comprehensive water quality monitoring program.

California Statewide Groundwater Elevation Monitoring (CASGEM): On November 4, 2009 the State Legislature amended the Water Code with SBx7-6, which mandates a statewide groundwater elevation monitoring program to track seasonal and long-term trends in groundwater elevations in California's groundwater basins. To achieve that goal, the amendment requires collaboration between local monitoring entities and Department of Water Resources (DWR) to collect groundwater elevation data. Collection and evaluation of such data on a statewide scale is an important fundamental step toward improving management of California's groundwater resources.

Groundwater Quality Monitoring: Groundwater basins across the state are assessed by DWR Districts and other cooperators to determine water quality, identify areas of poor quality, and to track long-term changes in groundwater quality. Though DWR has no statutory authority to protect groundwater quality and our role in groundwater protection is limited, we have a long-standing groundwater quality monitoring network.

California Data Exchange Center: The California Data Exchange Center (CDEC) installs, maintains, and operates an extensive hydrologic data collection network including automatic snow reporting gages for the Cooperative Snow Surveys Program and precipitation and river stage sensors for flood forecasting.

Resources Agency: Department of Conservation

Farmland Mapping and Monitoring Program: The Farmland Mapping and Monitoring Program (FMMP) produces maps and statistical data used for analyzing impacts on California’s agricultural resources. Agricultural land is rated according to soil quality and irrigation status. The maps are updated every two years with the use of aerial photographs, a computer mapping system, public review, and field reconnaissance.

California Geological Services: Provides data on seismic, as well as landslide and erosion hazards. It develops and maintains watershed maps of geologic and geomorphic features.

Resources Agency: California Environmental Resources Evaluation System (CERES)

California Environmental Information Clearinghouse/ Catalog: The goal of CERES is to improve environmental analysis and planning by integrating natural and cultural resource information from multiple contributors and by making it available and useful to a wide variety of users. 

Cal-Atlas Geospatial Clearinghouse: The Cal-Atlas site facilitates the coordinated and sustainable development, maintenance, licensing and sharing of geospatial data and web map services by California government agencies, partners and stakeholders.

Land Use Planning Information Network (LUPIN): Spatial and planning data by bioregion, county, and watershed.

CNRA Atlas/ Map Server: The purpose of this site is to provide map services for departments, boards and commissions within the Natural Resources Agency, and also to make some of these services available to the public.

Cal EMA Hazard Mitigation MyPlan: MyPlan is a map service designed to be a simple interface to California natural hazard data products produced by the California Natural Resources Agency departments and other government agencies. This Web site is provided by Cal EMA to allow users to easily make hazard maps for mitigation planning, report generation, and other tasks.

CEQA Web: The California Environmental Quality Act Statutes & Guidelines searchable interface.

Wetlands Information System: Compilation of public and private sector information, including maps, environmental documents, agency roles in wetlands management, restoration and mitigation activities, regulatory permitting, and wetland policies.

Resources Agency: California Department of Public Health

Marine Biotoxin Monitoring Program: Surveys, classifies & monitors commercial shellfish growing areas

Drinking Water Source Assessment and Protection Program

Assess risks to public drinking water sources. Provides guidance and information to local communities to delineate the area around a drinking water source through which contaminants might move and reach that drinking water supply; to inventory possible contaminating activities that might lead to the release of microbiological or chemical contaminants within the delineated area; and to determine the possible contaminating activities to which the drinking water source is most vulnerable.

California Wildlife Conservation Board

California Riparian Habitat Conservation Program: The California Riparian Habitat Conservation Program (CRHCP) was created within the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) by legislation in 1991. The program has a basic mission to develop coordinated conservation efforts aimed at protecting and restoring the state's riparian ecosystems.

Ecosystem Restoration on Agricultural Lands (ERAL): The Wildlife Conservation Board's agricultural program is formally known as the Ecosystem Restoration on Agricultural Lands (ERAL) program. The intent of the funding is to assist landowners in developing wildlife friendly practices on their properties that can be sustained and co-exist with agricultural operations.

Forest Conservation Program: Pursuant to the provisions of Pubic Resources Code Section 75055 (a), the goal of the grant program is to promote the ecological integrity and economic stability of California's diverse native forests for all their public benefits through forest conservation, preservation and restoration of productive managed forest lands, forest reserve areas, redwood forests and other forest types, including the conservation of water resources and natural habitat for native fish and wildlife and plants found on these lands.

Habitat Enhancement and Restoration Program: The Habitat Enhancement and Restoration Program (General) is the Board's general restoration program that includes all projects that fall outside the Board's other mandated programs listed above. This includes native fisheries restoration, restoration of wetlands that fall outside the jurisdiction of the Inland Wetland Conservation Program such as coastal, tidal, or fresh water habitats, other native habitat restoration projects including coastal scrub, grasslands, and threatened and endangered species habitats, in-stream restoration projects including removal of fish passage barriers and other obstructions, and other projects that improve native habitat quality within the State.

Land Acquisition Program: The WCB acquires real property or rights in real property on behalf of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and can also grant funds to other governmental entities or nonprofit organizations to acquire real property or rights in real property.

Natural Heritage Preservation Tax Credit Program: The purpose of the Tax Credit Program is to protect wildlife habitat, parks and open space, archaeological resources, agricultural land and water by providing state tax credits for donations of qualified land (fee title or conservation easement) and water rights.

Oak Woodlands Conservation Program: The Oak Woodlands Conservation Program offers landowners, conservation organizations, cities and counties, an opportunity to obtain funding for projects designed to conserve and restore California's oak woodlands. While the Program is statewide in nature, it provides opportunities to address oak woodland issues on a regional priority basis.

Public Access: The Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) carries out a program which includes the development of facilities in cooperation with local agencies for public access to hunting, fishing, or other wildlife-oriented recreation. Financial assistance is available to cities, counties and public districts or corporations for development such as fishing piers or floats, access roads, boat launching ramps, trails, boardwalks, interpretive facilities, and lake or stream improvements.

Rangeland , Grazing Land and Grassland Protection Program: The purpose of the program is to protect California's rangeland, grazing land and grassland through the use of conservation easements.

Interagency Programs:  Groundwater Ambient Monitoring and Assessment (GAMA)

Groundwater Ambient Monitoring and Assessment (GAMA): Collects data by testing the untreated, raw water in different types of wells for naturally-occurring and man-made chemicals. GAMA compiles these test results with existing groundwater quality data from several agencies into a publicly-accessible internet database, GeoTracker GAMA.

Interagency Programs:  CalFish

CalFish Data and Maps: One of the primary functions of the CalFish website is to provide access to fisheries-related data and maps online. To this end, we have developed a Internet Map Server (IMS) application and a Tabular Data Query System. These two systems provide two different ways to access many of the same datasets (e.g., anadromous fish abundance, Barriers, and Restoration Projects).  Tools include CalFish Interactive Mapper, CalFish Tabular Query System, Data Dwnloads, and Additional Data

Passage Assessment Database (PAD): Contains information on actual, potential and remediated barriers to anadromous fish distribution.

North Coast Barrier Removal Reports: Detailed reports describing fish passage barriers removed in 2011 are available.

Interagency Programs:  Natural Resources Project Inventory

The Natural Resource Projects Inventory (NRPI): NRPI is the most comprehensive statewide database of its kind in California with over 8,000 natural resource projects searchable on the Internet. These projects include watershed conservation and acquisition, restoration and noxious weed eradication, assessment, planning, and scientific studies. Projects are linked to the CERES California Environmental Information Clearinghouse (CEIC), GeoFinder, the California Digital Atlas, the California Watershed Portal, and Google Maps.

Interagency Programs:  Pacific Northwest Aquatic Monitoring Partnership

Pacific Northwest Aquatic Monitoring Partnership: Forum for coordinating state, federal, and tribal aquatic habitat and salmonid monitoring programs. Includes watershed and project effectiveness monitoring.

Interagency Programs:  Northwest Forest Plan Interagency Regional Monitoring Program

Northwest Forest Plan Interagency Regional Monitoring Program: Annual reports website has the latest Watershed condition evaluations, field protocols, watershed boundary maps, and data summaries.