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The Urban Streams Restoration Program (USRP) provides grants in accordance with California Water Code Section 7048 to local communities for projects to reduce flooding and erosion and associated property damage; restore, enhance or protect the natural ecological values of streams; and promote community involvement, education and stewardship.

Since 1985, the program has provided more than 270 grants ranging from $1,000 to $1 million to communities throughout California. The projects have included stream cleanups, bank stabilization projects, revegetation efforts, recontouring of channels to improve floodplain function and occasional acquisition of strategic floodplain properties or easements.

2014 Grant Cycle Update

The Department of Water Resources' Urban Streams Restoration Program 2014 Competitive Solicitation Cycle is now open.

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on January 7, 2015, on DWR's GRanTS website: http://www.water.ca.gov/grants/.
To access the application, be sure to click on the "SIGN IN" button on the GRanTS page.

  • To access documents related to the 2014 Grant Cycle, please refer to the 2014 Grant Cycle page.

  • If you would like to be placed on the USRP mailing list to receive information regarding the program, please subscribe on the Contacts page.

  • Example projects funded by the Urban Streams Program.

  • For additional information about the Proposition 84 funded projects, you can also visit the Bond Accountability Website.