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Cannabis Restoration Grant Program

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The Cannabis Restoration Grant Program funds projects that restore anadromous salmonid habitat in watersheds most heavily impacted by Cannabis cultivation.

2017 Proposal Solicitation Notice - Coming Soon!

Notice of Public Meetings - May 23 and 26 (PDF)

Public Meeting Agenda:

  • Cannabis Restoration Grant Program Background - AB 243
  • Objectives and Timeline of the Fiscal Year 2017-18 Proposal Solicitation Notice
  • Questions and Answers


California's fish and wildlife are severely impacted by Cannabis cultivation practices including unlawful water diversions for irrigation, conversion of lands, and prohibited herbicides, rodenticides, and other environmental contaminants. The most impacted areas require immediate action on the part of CDFW. Assembly Bill 243 (Wood, Medical Marijuana) provides direction to CDFW to restore watersheds impacted by Cannabis cultivation in key areas of Coastal Northern California.

Projects that conduct habitat restoration activities using methods described in the California Salmonid Habitat Restoration Manual (Flosi et al 1998, 2003, 2006, and 2009) may be covered by CDFW's Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (FRGP) programmatic CEQA and permits for Sections 404 and 401 of the Clean Water Act. These projects may also obtain ESA coverage as needed through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' programmatic Section 7 consultation on its regional general permit to the FRGP. See the PSN for more details relevant to permitting requirements.

Documents relevant to permitting:

Focus & Timeline (FY 2017-18)

Approximately $1.5 million is available for Fiscal Year 2017-18 for projects that implement restoration of habitat most heavily impacted by Cannabis cultivation in California's North Coast. The FY 2017-18 Proposal Solicitation Notice, anticipated for release on June 1, 2017, will have more information on eligibility and how to apply.

Cannabis Restoration Grant Program
Proposed Timeline (FY 2017-18)
Activity Schedule
Public Meetings May 23 and 26, 2017
Proposal Solicitation Notice Released June 1, 2017
Proposals Due June 30, 2017
Proposal Evaluation Process July - November 2017
Project Awards Announced November 2017
Grants Executed December 2017


See the Cannabis Program webpage for information relevant to environmental review and permitting of Cannabis.

Watershed Restoration Grants Branch
1416 Ninth Street, 12th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814

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Example of Cannabis cultivation impact 2005-2012