Water conservation

Our service area is growing


Mount Shasta, California.

For more than 17 years, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy has successfully supported efforts to improve the environmental, economic and social well-being of the Sierra Nevada region. Starting next year, the state agency will add nearly two million more acres to its service area, including northern California’s forests and vital water sources, such as the lake. Shasta.

“This is a great and exciting change. The forests of this new region sequester enormous amounts of carbon, protect and improve the state’s water supply and air quality, support biodiversity and wildlife habitat, and provide opportunities for outdoor recreation. endless air for all. It is also an area that has experienced tree mortality due to extreme drought, large and damaging forest fires, and insect and disease attacks. It is an honor now to have the authority to provide funding and technical assistance to support resilient forests, watersheds, recreation and communities here. “

Angela Avery — Executive Director, Sierra Nevada Conservancy

As of January 1, 2022, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy boundary will extend to parts of Siskiyou and Trinity counties, while also further including Shasta County. Currently, the service area includes 25 million acres in 22 counties. After the new year, it will include all or part of 24 counties and increase its area to almost 27 million acres. The most immediate impact is that nonprofits, resource conservation districts, local governments, tribes, and other eligible entities within the newly expanded area will have the opportunity to apply for funding for grants. ‘local assistance through the Sierra Nevada Conservancy’s (WIP) Holistic Watershed Improvement Program.

Map of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy service area and close-up of the expansion area. Click on a map to enlarge it.

Over the next year, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy will develop additional recommendations for legislative review that will enable it to better serve this newly expanded region and staff will work to build relationships and support the development of projects in the new region. .

Addition of Shasta Lake, the largest reservoir in California

The boundary change also brings all of the source watersheds that feed the California developed water supply system to the Conservancy area. This means that more of the Pitt River watershed and additional parts of the Upper Sacramento and McCloud River watersheds, which flow into Shasta Lake, the state’s largest reservoir, will be part of the region. The snow-capped slopes of Mount Shasta and large reservoirs like Lake Shasta and Lake Trinity are also included in the expansion.

water drop with 75 percent written inside

The greater region provides water to over 75% of Californians and vast tracts of farmland in the Central Valley.

The addition of these vital watersheds and storage reservoirs is exactly why Senator Brian Dahle (R-Bieber), which represents the northern part of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy region, co-authored the bill with Senator John Laird (D-Santa Cruz), one of the authors of the original legislation creating the Sierra Nevada Conservancy in 2014.

“I am happy to add portions of Siskiyou, Shasta and Trinity counties under the Sierra Nevada Conservancy. The Conservancy has a superior reputation for the thoughtful stewardship of one of California’s most important resources, our sources, ”said Senator Dahle. “By having all of these sources under one local agency, it will provide more opportunities to implement important forest management projects as well as grassland restoration projects to ensure that we continue to have healthy forests and a system. from robust sources. “