About the CVP Conservation Program and CVPIA Habitat Restoration Program
The Central Valley Project Conservation Program (CVPCP) and the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA) Habitat Restoration Program (HRP) represent highly integrated efforts to restore and protect species and habitats impacted by the CVP .
The CVPCP and HRP are managed cooperatively by Reclamation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), and receive management input from the California Department of Fish and Game. Both programs are guided by a Technical Team comprised of biologists and managers from these three agencies.
While the programs were established under separate regulatory and legislative authorities, they share the same overall objective of improving conditions for CVP impacted species and habitats. For this reason, the CVPCP and HRP receive proposals and evaluate those proposals under a single integrated process. Proposal submission deadline is in October of each fiscal year.
The concept for CVPCP was developed in 1991 during the Endangered Species Act (ESA) section 7 consultation between Reclamation and the Service for the renewal of the Friant Division water contracts. This concept was then applied to CVP water contract renewals and Reclamation's Operations Criteria and Plan (OCAP).
The CVPCP was formally established to address Reclamation's requirements under the ESA. The program is funded at between 2 and 3 million dollars annually. Over 80 projects have been funded by the CVPCP since its beginning, and more recent budgets are allowing for funding of five projects annually.
The HRP was established under Title 34 of the 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.
The program is usually funded at 1.5 million dollars annually. The HRP has funded 116 different projects since its beginning, and more recent budgets are allowing for funding of five projects annually.
Manager, CVPIA Habitat Restoration Program
Last edited on: August 21, 2012