Rewarding Landowners for Stewarding the Natural Resources under Their Care
California’s natural systems have been significantly altered by human activity for more than a century. This includes building dams that drown landscapes and disrupt fish migration, pumping limited water supplies to satisfy the thirst of ever-expanding cities, and converting forests and other wildlands to farmland and urban zones.
California’s rivers and streams, which have supported some of the cleanest water and healthiest fish populations anywhere in the nation, are among the most impacted of these natural systems. Today, more than 80% of the state’s nearly 200,000 miles of monitored streams fail clean-water standards. Over 60% of all native fish are extinct, endangered or declining. Salmon, once an icon of the state’s abundant natural wealth, have nearly vanished.