The North Coast Resource Partnership (NCRP) engages in multi-objective integrated planning to achieve its regional goals and to guide local project implementation. These regional plans incorporate the best available science and data related to watershed and community health, and include strategies informed by local expertise, knowledge and priorities. Additionally, NCRP planning documents include the relevant priorities and goals of key partner agencies, such as the California Department of Water Resources, the Strategic Growth Council, California Department of Conservation, California Resources Agency, the State Coastal Conservancy, State Water Resources Control Board, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Department of Food and Agriculture, and the USDA and its agencies.

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The NCRP has a history of synchronizing statewide planning priorities with local planning efforts to guide local project implementation, including Integrated Coastal Watershed Management Plans and Storm Water Resource Management Plans. These planning documents are informed by the best available technical information and local knowledge, and include input from interested stakeholders. Local plans that are integrated into the NCRP planning process can be found on the NCRP Integrated Local Plans webpage.

The NCRP regularly develops science-based assessments and plans that fill data gaps in the region and reflect the shared goals, objectives, strategies and priorities for the North Coast Region. Supported by a Strategic Growth Council Sustainable Communities grant, the NCRP is significantly enhancing the climate change elements of its planning and implementation framework – weaving together existing plans, data, and projects into an integrated approach to addressing climate change adaptation and GHG emissions reductions while achieving other benefits such as ecosystem health, clean water, and economic vitality. The NCRP has released a number of technical reports and assessments that formed the basis of key guidance and planning documents. Technical reports, assessments and strategy plan can be found on the North Coast Integrated Regional Planning – Healthy Communities, Functional Watersheds and Viable Economies webpage.


Project Planning Tools

Project Planning Tools

The NCRP has developed model planning and policy tools that are compatible with the region’s unique rural natural resource economy, promoting approaches that will help to reinforce and build the value of the natural infrastructure, while promoting functional built infrastructure, community health and economic vitality. Tools include the small community toolbox, which helps water service providers make decisions about maintenance and upgrades and model planning and policy tools with context sensitive strategies that reflect local priorities and constraints, compliance with AB 32 and SB 375, and support for the specific needs in the North Coast.

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NCRP Small Community Toolbox

The Small Community Toolbox has been created to provide resources to help with system maintenance, replacement and upgrades as well as to assist in the project development process. The Toolbox is intended to help small utilities develop a “first order” understanding of what their options are, how they should begin to budget, where to find funding opportunities, and how to get help. This resource is organized around the steps associated with the “Utility Management Cycle”. Tools contained in the Toolbox may be provided as documents, maps, charts, or links to web resources. The Small Community Toolbox webpage contains more detail about this program and provides access to the tools.

PDF Resources

Guide for Tribal Renewable Energy Sovereignty Master Planning

December 2016
Guide for Tribal Renewable Energy Sovereignty Master Planning. The Bear River Tribe developed the guide to other sovereign nations and municipalities as a template for developing on-site renewable energy to supply a year-round energy surplus for all energy needs, with particular applicability to other North Coast sovereign nations and Humboldt County.
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Planning Guide for Development of Tribal Environmental Protection Ordinances

October 2016
The Yurok Tribe developed a Planning Guide and a Model Tribal Environmental Protection Ordinance intended to assist other Tribes to improve their environmental protection programs. The Planning Guide describes the steps and options necessary to develop a Tribal Environmental Protection Ordinance.
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Model Tribal Environmental Enforcement Response Plan

August 2016
The Yurok Tribe developed a Model Tribal Environmental Enforcement Response Plan is intended to assist other Tribes to improve their environmental programs and focuses on enforcement elements. The Model Tribal Enforcement Response Plan is offered to other tribal nations as a template for their efforts, with particular applicability to other North Coast Tribal nations.
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Decentralized Wastewater Treatment System Planning Model

October 2016
The Hoopa Valley Tribe developed a guidance document about current technologies available to treat and manage wastewater on Tribal lands. The guide includes: Options Evaluation Methodology; Disposal Solutions Scenarios; and Management Model Guidelines
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Site Resilience and Energy Assessment Process for Key Assets Guide

December 2016
The Redwood Coast Energy Authority outlined a process to identify, evaluate, and prioritize critical facilities that are a good fit for on-site generation, energy-storage, and load-management systems to support continuity of operations when the grid is down, as well as reap the environmental and cost-savings benefits of those systems during regular operation. Site Resilience and Critical…
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Site Resilience and Critical Essential Services Model Toolkit

December 2016
This toolkit is designed to help with Energy Assurance Planning (EAP) for a region of interest.  Each sheet contains information and instructions for filling out the tables. More details on the general EAP process can be found in the companion document Site Resilience and Energy Assessment Process for Key Assets.
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North Coast Irrigation Water and Fertigation Management Tool

August 2017
The NCIWFMP uses Excel workbooks as an input framework for agricultural producer inputs and is based on calculating a water and nutrient balance for a variety of crop types for enhanced management of farm resources and to maximize crop production.
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Project Monitoring

The NCRP focuses on planning and implementing high quality projects that result in positive outcomes for North Coast communities and landscapes. To this end, the NCRP requires assessments to document project priority and feasibility, as well as post-implementation monitoring to evaluate project completion, lessons learned and impact.

For project proponents, stakeholders and others who wish to access NCRP monitoring resources, tools, technical assistance and training, please visit the Learn More section.

NCRP Project Performance and Monitoring Plan Guidelines

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Resources for Project Monitoring

Monitoring and Assessment Protocols and Data Sources

Protocol Sources

Landscape Condition

CalFire Fire and Resource Assessment Program (FRAP) Development and Vegetation Trends methodology

Biotic Condition

California Department of Fish and Game protocol: Aquatic Bioassessment Laboratory

California Department of Fish and Game California Salmonid Stream Habitat Restoration Manual

California Rapid Assessment Method (CRAM) method for riparian condition measures: Collins et al 2008

California Watershed Assessment Manual II Chapter 4 (Shilling 2005a; periphyton) and 5 (Shilling 2005b; benthic macroinvertebrates)

EPA rapid bioassessment protocol (Barbour et al. 1999)

Riparian Bird Conservation Plan (California Partners in Flight and Riparian Habitat Joint Venture) methods for monitoring riparian bird populations

SWAMP protocols (“Standard Operating Procedures”)

Selected reports under “Bioassessment” at

USGS National Water Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA)

Chemical & Physical Characteristics

California Watershed Assessment Manual II Chapter  2 (Washburn and Schilling 2005)

Groundwater Ambient Monitoring Program information at

SWAMP protocols (“Standard Operating Procedures”)

Hydrology and Geomorphology

California Rapid Assessment Method (CRAM) method for riparian condition measures: Collins et al 2008

California Watershed Assessment Manual II Chapter 3 (Florsheim 2005)

Florsheim 2005 and references therein provide methods for measuring discharge; measuring sediment transport; calculating effective discharge; assessing substrate and grain size distributions; and assessing morphology:

SWAMP physical habitat procedures…/swamp/…/stream_physical_habitat.pdf

USDA Forest Service: Cumulative watershed effects: Reid 1993

Data Sources

Landscape Condition

CalFire: CalVeg

CalFire: Composite Dataset of California Landcover

CalFire: FRAP Watershed Data

CalFire and USDA Forest Service: California Land Cover Mapping and Monitoring Program (LCMMP)

Groundwater Ambient Monitoring Program

USDA: National Agriculture Inventory Program (NAIP) found at CalAtlas

USEPA: ATtILA extension for GIS Landscape Analysis (land use quantification)

USGS: National Wetlands Inventory (NWI)

USGS: National Hydrography Dataset

USGS: National Land Cover Dataset

Biotic Condition

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Biogeographic Information and Observation System (BIOS;

California Native Diversity Database (CNDDB; ),Coho stream habitat assessments, and other data sets; the CDFG Watershed Assessment Program does fisheries-based assessments of coastal streams

CalEpa and others: Environmental Protection Indicators for California (EPIC) project is responsible for developing and maintaining a set of “environmental indicators” for California.

CalFlora (for specific plant species)

California Native Plant Society (for specific plant species)

EPAs Western Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (WEMAP)

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service Central California Coast Coho Salmon Recovery Plan.

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service Southern Oregon Northern California Coho Salmon Recovery Plan.

Riparian Habitat Joint Venture: data on riparian habitat restoration in California, especially for birds

Riparian Bird Conservation Plan (California Partners in Flight and Riparian Habitat Joint Venture) monitoring data for some focal species

SWAMP BMI,  stream assessment, and other reports including Ode 2007, SWAMP 2005, and Ode and Rehn 2005

Chemical and Physical Characteristic (Water Quality)

Department of Water Resources (DWR) Integrated Water Resources Information System (IWRIS)

EPA TMDL program

EPA WEMAP (Western Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program for physical habitat structure, sediment metabolism, sediment chemistry, water quality parameters, and riparian vegetation.


SWRCB North Coast Basin Plan

USGS groundwater quality data

Hydrology and Geomorphology

DWR Integrated Water Resources Information System (IWRIS)

USEPA Watershed Assessment of River Stability and Sediment Supply (WARSSS)…/Assessment/Rosgen_2007_WARSSS.pdf

USGS National Hydrography Dataset

USGS National Water Information System (NWIS)

Monitoring Protocols for Project Evaluation

Salmonid Habitat Improvement

SWAMP Data Management System.   Provides a database, templates, field data sheets, QAPP guidance and templates, and webinar trainings. Provides detailed Standard Operating Procedures .for:

CDFW California Stream Bioassessment Procedure.  Provides a scoring template for stream habitat conditions, a Bioassessment worksheet, biological metrics, sampling design, and sampling metrics.

CDFW Salmonid Stream Habitat Restoration Manual.  2010.  Provides assessment and monitoring methods as well as project evaluation and monitoring protocols.

CDFW Qualitative Implementation and Effectiveness Monitoring of Fisheries Habitat, 2006.  Includes recommendations for field-tested monitoring protocols.  Http://

Monitoring the Implementation and Effectiveness of Fisheries Habitat Restoration Projects.  Provides descriptions of study design, sampling considerations, and monitoring procedures.

Watershed/ Habitat Improvement

California Watershed Assessment Manual.  Volume II.    Provides sampling guidance, measurement techniques, and discusses limitations of and appropriate use of data. Provides detailed information about monitoring methods and/ or assessment:

California Rapid Assessment Method.  Provides a “cost-effective and scientifically defensible rapid assessment method for monitoring the conditions of wetlands throughout California.”  Provides access to data spatially in an interactive map, data entry, SOPs for several types of wetland habitats, and other informational and guidance documents.

California Native Plant Society Vegetation Program.  Provides Rapid Vegetation Assessment and Releve Protocol and field forms.  Requests that those who use these protocols send a copy of their datasheets to update statewide CNPS database.

CDFW Survey and Monitoring Protocols and Guidelines.  Protocols from various sources that have been tested and reviewed by CDFW.  Survey and monitoring protocols provided for plants, invertebrates, specific amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.  Also provides a photo point monitoring handbook from the US Forest Service.

USDA Forest Service Photo Point Monitoring Handbook, 2002.  Provides specific field procedures and concepts and analysis techniques.

SWRCB Methodology for On-the-Ground Photo Monitoring, 2014.  Specific methodology for establishing and documenting monitoring points.

SWRCB CWT Stream and Shoreline Photo Documentation SOP.  Available as part of the Guidance Compendium for Watershed Monitoring and Assessment, this SOP provides an equipment list, methods, and forms.

Water Quality Improvement

SWAMP – Clean Water Team Citizen Monitoring Tool Box, 2014.  Provides a tool box with templates to help manage and organize water quality monitoring data.  Field data sheets, calibration data sheets, advanced tools, and project monitoring.

SWAMP – Field Methods Course.  This is a training resource for SWAMP Field Methods.  Subjects include water quality, flow, water and sediment sampling, and physical assessments.

SWAMP – CWT Guidance Compendium for Watershed Monitoring and Assessment, 2011.  Comprehensive source for monitoring and assessment – from setting up the monitoring strategy to SOPs for water quality, nutrients, bacteria, biological communities, physical attributes, toxicity, and pollution.

CDFW Quantitative Effectiveness Monitoring of Bank Stabilization and Riparian Vegetation Restoration, 2007.  Reports on field testing specific protocols for bank stabilization and riparian vegetation restoration.

UCCE Sediment Delivery Inventory and Monitoring.  Contains inventory worksheet and photo records to provide landowners with tools to inventory and monitor sites that have potentially deliverable sediment.

Road Upgrading, Decommissioning and Maintenance.

Water Supply Reliability

SWAMP – CWT Guidance Compendium for Watershed Monitoring and Assessment, 2011.  Section 4. Provides methods and SOPs for measuring flow.

Educational Materials and Training Opportunities

General Resources

Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) website has a number of tools and resources

Information about the statewide effort to develop biological objectives and how to participate

SWAMP Clean Water Team, Citizen Monitoring: training and educational materials

SWAMP Field Methods Course (CD) which is also available online at

Information about the course at

The California Water Quality Monitoring Council report “Preliminary Inventory of Monitoring Programs” (2008). It has helpful information about, and links to, the state’s major monitoring/assessment programs, support tools, and data libraries

“Webinars” on various water issues are available through SWRCB’CWQMC

California Watershed Assessment Manual has a comprehensive treatment of watershed data collection and assessment

Salmonid Restoration Federation trainings in watershed assessment

IMAP monitoring related training

Department of Fish and Game BIOS biological data viewer tutorials

SWAMP Clean Water Team Clean Water Team Resources

Water Clarity (Transparency) and Color Using a Secchi Disc

Water Clarity (Transparency) Using a Transparency Tube

Using Transparency Tube and Total Suspended Solids(TSS) Data to Assess Stream Turbidity

Turbidity Measurement Using the Dual Cylinder Method

Turbidity Using a Nephelometer (“Turbidimeter”)

Collection and Use of Total Suspended Solids

Fact Sheet – Water Color

Determining Color Water

Project Funding

Since 2005, the NCRP planning process and project implementation has been financed from a variety of sources, including via IRWM grant funding; California Energy Commission, Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant Program; and Strategic Growth Council Sustainable Communities Grant funding; and local cost-share agreements with the Sonoma County Water Agency. NCRP funding awards from 2005-2016 total over $67 million and leverage over $110 million in funding match. With its commitment to achieving multiple objectives through local action, the NCRP is well poised to attract and utilize new federal, state, local, and private funding sources as they become available.

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Learn more about the NCRP Funding Solicitations



The Proposition 1 Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Grant Program provides funding for projects that help meet the long term water needs of the state, including:

  • Assisting water infrastructure systems adapt to climate change;
  • Providing incentives throughout each watershed to collaborate in managing the region’s water resources and setting regional priorities for water infrastructure; and
  • Improving regional water self-reliance

The North Coast funding area Proposition 1 IRWM allocation is $26.5 M and has approximately $22 M available for implementation projects over two rounds of funding.

On March 15, the NCRP received 36 project proposals in response to the NCRP 2019 Proposition 1 IRWM Project Solicitation for a total request of approximately $35.5 million. The Technical Peer Review Committee (TPRC) conducted their technical review and met on April 18 & 19 in Eureka to discuss the project proposals and select draft Priority Projects. The Policy Review Panel unanimously approved the suite of Priority Projects on April 26 at the NCRP Quarterly Meeting in Yreka.


On-going Implementation Project Application Form

Increasingly, funding opportunities for project implementation require or give preference to projects that are included in an Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Plan. The Preliminary Implementation Project Application will provide a mechanism for including projects on an on-going basis into the NCRP IRWM Plan.

Other Funding Opportunities

Other Funding Opportunities

A listing of other funding opportunities can be found here.