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Local Approaches

Partners in Restoration

River bed

Started in 1995, Partners in Restoration (PIR) now covers nearly four and a half million acres of farmland and ranchland and hundreds of miles of rivers and streams across California. PIR is in nine counties and 50 key watersheds from Mendocino to Santa Barbara. The Program has resulted in more than 260 projects, preventing over 200,000 tons of sediment from entering waterways and fish habitat. The program also received the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award in 2004.

However, despite the broad popularity of PIR among all stakeholder groups, the programs became more difficult and expensive to establish over the years. Therefore, Sustainable Conservation has now shifted its programmatic permitting approach toward a statewide and multi-regional level.

Active Watersheds

Here is a list of Active Watersheds participating in the PIR program.

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