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 to the south of the City of Carmel, California.
Credit: USFWS

Carmel River Floodplain Restoration and Environmental Enhancement Project

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR), is posting the attached National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for 30 days, for the Carmel River Floodplain Restoration and Environmental Enhancement Project (CRFREE). WSFR's action is the obligation of remaining grant funding for the CRFREE project. This project is located near the mouth of the lower Carmel River, just to the south of the City of Carmel, in Monterey County, California.

The Service has been the lead federal agency under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), with the California Department of Transportation (Cal-Trans) as a Cooperating Agency acting as a delegated authority for the Federal Highways Administration (FHWA). The County of Monterey, Resource Management Agency (County) is the lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

Together, we have prepared the Carmel River Floodplain Restoration and Environmental Enhancement Project, Final Environmental Impact Report and Environmental Assessment (EIR/EA) . The County certified the EIR/EA on January 28, 2020, and the Service has finalized the attached FONSI to help fund the Floodplain Restoration and Environmental Enhancement part of the project. The EIR/EA, along with other referenced reports and documents can be found on the County Planning's web-site.

For further information, you can contact:

Justin Cutler, Grants Management Specialist , Wildlife and Sportfish Restoration Program
Email: Justin_Cutler@fws.gov, Phone: (916) 414-6457

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