Cannabis Restoration Grant Program

multiple images - cannabis operation, Pacific fisher, water diversion, waterfall, and cannabis growing in ground

Announcements

April 19, 2021 (updated on 4/26/21) - Virtual Public Workshop for WebGrants Application Process

CRGP conducted an online public workshop(opens in new tab) to review the WebGrants application process for the 2021 Watershed Remediation and Enhancement Solicitation (PDF)2021 Watershed Remediation and Enhancement Solicitation (PDF)2021 Watershed Remediation and Enhancement Solicitation (PDF)(opens in new tab) on April 19th at 10:00 AM. All applications must be submitted online at watershedgrants.wildlife.ca.gov. A copy of the presentation (PDF)(opens in new tab) and a recording of the workshop (YouTube)(opens in new tab) are available.

April 9, 2021 - Final 2021 Solicitation Released and Application available

The Final 2021 Watershed Remediation and Enhancement Solicitation (PDF)(opens in new tab) is now available. For reference, a Microsoft Word version of the 2021 Application is available. All applications must be submitted online at  watershedgrants.wildlife.ca.gov.

March 24, 2021 (updated) - Virtual Public Workshop for the Draft Watershed Remediation and Enhancement Solicitation, presentation and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) now available

CRGP hosted an online Public Workshop to discuss the 2021 Draft Watershed Remediation and Enhancement Solicitation and application process on Wednesday, March 24 at 11:00 a.m. A copy of the presentation (PDF)(opens in new tab) and a recording of the workshop (YouTube)(opens in new tab) are available, along with a Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)(opens in new tab) document. The FAQ will be updated as questions are submitted to canngrantprogram@wildlife.ca.gov.

Overview

California's fish and wildlife are severely impacted by illicit cannabis cultivation practices including unlawful water diversions for irrigation, conversion of lands, poaching, and use of prohibited herbicides, rodenticides, and other environmental contaminants. Learn about how cannabis cultivation can impact the environment.

In 2017, Assembly Bill 243 (Wood, Medical Marijuana) provided direction to CDFW to restore watersheds impacted by cannabis cultivation in key areas of coastal Northern California. CDFW granted funds to four implementation projects, totaling approximately $1.3 million, for refuse and infrastructure removal, and replanting efforts.

In early 2020, through the Environmental Restoration and Protection Account and pursuant to Revenue and Taxation Code section 34019(f)(2), a planning project was approved for approximately $1.1 million in grant fund to help restore the upper Eel River, which has been impacted by cannabis cultivation. See links below for further project details.

Currently, the Cannabis Restoration Grant Program has the opportunity to grant funds in support of partnerships to clean-up, remediate, and restore watersheds affected by cannabis cultivation, and related activities. The Cannabis Restoration Grant Program: Updates and Opportunities (YouTube)(opens in new tab) video provides general CDFW Cannabis Program background and build-out followed by an overview of the Cannabis Restoration Grant Program, with details regarding available and developing funding opportunities.

Refuse and irrigation piping removed and organized for helicopter removal from the Bull Creek Watershed
Refuse and irrigation piping removed and organized (left and top right) for helicopter removal from the Bull Creek Watershed (bottom right). Photos courtesy of the Watershed Restoration Grant Program and Eel River Watershed Improvement Group.

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

Completed Cannabis Restoration Grants

Current Cannabis Restoration Grants

 

Timeline

  • MAY 14, 2021 - 4:00 p.m. PDT - Application Deadline
  • APRIL 19, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. PDT - Application tutorial workshop (opens in new tab)
  • APRIL 9, 2021 - Release of final Watershed Remediation and Enhancement Proposal Solicitation Notice
  • MARCH 31, 2021 - Deadline for public comments is March 31, 2021, by 4:00 p.m.
  • MARCH 24, 2021 - 11:00 a.m PDT - Draft Solicitation Public Workshop
  • MARCH 5, 2021 - CRGP released the Watershed Remediation and Enhancement Draft Proposal Solicitation Notice for public review