Coastal Program at San Francisco Bay

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Community-based partnerships focused on restoration and protection of native coastal habitats.



The program is available to projects in watersheds draining into the Golden Gate. The mission of the Coastal Program at San Francisco Bay is to conserve coastal ecosystems by engaging external partners and other Service programs in activities that restore, enhance and protect fish and wildlife habitats.

If your project interest could help the Fish and Wildlife Service mission, we are interested in talking to you.

Projects can be on-the-ground actions, information collection for decision makers or advocacy/outreach. Our priority is to fund projects leading to on-the-ground results benefiting fish and wildlife.

Funding Available

About $180,000 annually. Typically we divide this among about 10 projects.


There is no rigid application format or deadline to apply. However, our money is available on a Federal fiscal year basis (October 1 to September 30), so we would like to hear from you no later than January each year. We encourage you to contact us as early as possible so that we can explore potential partnership opportunities for your project.

Butano Creek Restoration

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Butano Creek, Steve Martarano USFWS

Butano Creek
Photo: Steve Martarano, USFWS

A number of agencies and community volunteers came together recently to repair Butano Creek, ultimately restoring part of its floodplain while helping native fish and reducing flooding. Historically, the stream carried sediment supplied from the mountainous upper watershed downstream, depositing it on the floodplain. Due to incision and bank erosion, lower stream reaches no longer provide this storage function, according to John Klochak, Coastal Program manager.

Over time, sediment built up and plugged the mouth of the creek in Pescadero Marsh, further threatening imperiled species like Coho salmon and steelhead trout, which could no longer access historic spawning grounds in Butano Creek. And the water coming down the creek had no place to go during rainstorms, so it spilled out across the main road into town, flooding the road and private properties.

Butano Creek restoration, Steve Martarano USFWS

Butano Creek Restoration
Photo: Steve Martarano, USFWS

The overall goal was to reintroduce roughness to the stream channel to slow down flow and force sediment to deposit, restoring the connection to the adjacent floodplain while providing more diverse stream habitat. This was accomplished by adding several engineered log jams, a rock roughened channel at the top of the project to provide fish habitat, and notching the berm that had formed along the incised channel to help direct high water onto the floodplain.