Pacific Southwest Region
California, Nevada and Klamath Basin

Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA) Project Implementation Division

The Habitat Restoration Program (HRP)

The HRP was established in HR 429 Public Law 102-575 under Title 34  of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA). While many of the actions required by the CVPIA address anadromous fish and migratory waterfowl, subsection 3406 (b)(1) of the CVPIA requires that, "...the Secretary shall make all reasonable efforts consistent with the requirements of this section [Sec. 3406. Fish, Wildlife and Habitat Restoration] to address other identified adverse impacts of the Central Valley Project..." This provision allowed for the establishment of the HRP, and its purpose, to protect, restore, and mitigate for past fish and wildlife impacts of the CVP not already addressed by the CVPIA.

A high priority habitat: Serpentine. (FWS Photo)

The HRP is typically funded at $1.5 million dollars annually, and funds a variety of activities, recognizing that a balanced set of actions is needed to meet the stated purpose. Funds are generally distributed as indicated for the following activities, with an emphasis on federally listed species and their habitats: (1) Fee Title/Easement Acquisition (50 percent of funds); (2) Habitat Restoration (20 percent), (3) Research (20 percent), and (4) Outreach/Planning/Other (10 percent).

Additionally, the HRP has established priority actions related to species, habitats, and geographic areas, which are developed specifically for each fiscal year. Nearly 100 projects have been funded between 1996 and 2009.

The HRP is managed cooperatively by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and receives management input from the California Department of Fish and Game. The HRP is guided by a Technical Team comprised of biologists and managers from these three agencies.

A high priority species: Giant garter snake. (FWS Photo by Eric Hansen.)

Additionally, partners are extremely important for the success of the HRP, and they fund about 80-85 percent of total project costs.

Partners include local land trusts, non-profit agencies, private landowners, State agencies, other federal agencies, universities, etc.

Please go to following website address for further information on the HRP:

Program Managers

Caroline Prose
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Sacramento, CA 95825
Phone: (916) 414-6575 FAX: (916) 414-6713 

Daniel Strait
Bureau of Reclamation
Sacramento, CA 95825
Phone: (916) 978-5052 FAX: (916) 978-5055