Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program

The Pacific Southwest Region, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR), administers grants to other entities, primarily State fish and wildlife agencies to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, their habitats, and the hunting, sport fishing and recreational boating opportunities they provide.

The WSFR Program is located in the Pacific Southwest Regional office in Sacramento, California, and administers ten primary grant programs which total approximately $91 million in grants annually within California, Nevada and Klamath Basin area. Grant programs administered by WSFR, and the requirements which accompany each, are highly diverse.

The WSFR staff works with the potential grant recipients to ensure that they understand the requirements of the individual Acts and that these are met in the process of proposing, selecting and funding projects. The WSFR also maintains fiscal tracking systems to ensure funds are disbursed appropriately and expenditures are tracked. Performance reports, as well as audit reports, are reviewed to match accomplishments and costs with approved work, or to reconcile audit discrepancies.

The WSFR is also responsible for ensuring compliance with a host of other Federal Acts, regulations, and requirements (regarding, for example, National Environmental Policy Act, endangered species, archeological and historical, non-discrimination, exotic organisms, floodplains and wetlands, etc.).

At the national level, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program works with states, insular areas and the District of Columbia to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, their habitats, and the hunting, sport fishing and recreational boating opportunities they provide.

The Division of Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program provides oversight and/or administrative support for the following grant programs:

  • Wildlife Restoration Grant Program
  • Sport Fish Restoration Grant Program
  • Clean Vessel Act Grant Program
  • Boating Infrastructure Grant Program
  • National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program
  • State Wildlife Grant Program
  • Landowner Incentive Grant Program
  • Multistate Grant Program
  • Tribal Wildlife Grant Program
  • Tribal Landowner Incentive Grant Program
Carmel River Floodplain Restoration and Environmental Enhancement Project

The Carmel River Floodplain Restoration and Environmental Enhancement Project is located in the City of Carmel, California.
Credit: USFWS

Carmel River Floodplain Restoration and Environmental Enhancement Project

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR) in coordination with the County of Monterey (County) are posting a 45-day public-notice for the Carmel River Floodplain Restoration and Environmental Enhancement Project (CRFREEP), located in the City of Carmel, California. The USFWS has granted partial funds for the Floodplain Restoration Component and is the lead federal agency under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), with the California Department of Transportation (Cal-Trans) acting as a cooperating agency on the review of the Causeway facilities in accordance the requirements of NEPA. The County of Monterey is the lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

The Proposed Project consists of two interdependent Project components: the Floodplain Restoration and the Causeway.  The Project would result in the reconnection and restoration of approximately 100 acres of historic floodplain.

Together, the USFWS, County and Cal-Trans have prepared a joint Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Assessment (DEIR/EA) for the proposed project to satisfy our requirements under both NEPA and CEQA. A full copy of the DEIR/EA and other related information can be found on the County of Monterey’s web-site at:

http://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-i-z/resource-management-agency-rma-/planning/current-major-projects/carmel-river-free

Those wishing to provide written comment should e-mail them to the County Project Lead contact listed on their web-site, or write to them. All comments must be received by April 22, 2019.

A 30-day public-notice for the Knights Landing Boat Launch Facility Construction project Environmental Assessment is open. Credit: USFWS

Knights Landing Boat Launch Facility Construction Project.
Credit: USFWS

Knights Landing Boat Launch Renovation

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, in coordination with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), the California Wildlife Conservation Board, and Yolo County, has completed its decision-making process for the Knights Landing Boat Launch Facility Renovation project. The USFWS has granted funds for the renovation of the existing Boat Launch Facility under the Sport Fish Restoration Act’s Boating Access Program.

The project has completed permitting by the State, and permitting by US Army Corps of Engineers under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Sections 10 and 408 of the Rivers and Harbors Act. The USFWS has determined that the project will not have a significant effect on the human environment. The Project will widen the existing one-lane boat ramp to two lanes, install new boarding floats on either side of the boat ramp, repave existing parking areas, provide facilities for a park host, improve restroom facilities, construct new signage, and install an automated pay station, among other items. The site of the boat launch facility is owned by CDFW and is operated and maintained by Yolo County. The project has previously been scrutinized under the California Environmental Quality Act (SCH number 2017092057).

Download the final Knights Landing Environmental Assessment (2.2MB, PDF) and the final Decision Document (1MB, PDF).

For further information, you can contact:

Larry Riley, Chief , Wildlife and Sportfish Restoration Program
Email: Lawrence_riley@fws.gov, Phone: (916) 978-6182