The Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project (WRP) was created in 1997 as a regional voice for the valuable yet diminishing coastal resources of Southern California. Prior to the creation of the WRP, there was little regional coordination or communication between public agencies, non profit organizations, and community members who had a vested interest in Southern California’s wetlands. Many people held little hope for the parceled wetlands that remained in the rapidly developing region of Southern California.
Since our Working Agreement was signed on September 8, 1997 by 14 state and federal resource directors and managers, the future of Southern California’s wetland resources has been much brighter. The WRP is a broad-based partnership, chaired by the Resources Agency and supported by the State Coastal Conservancy, that has public agencies, non-profits, scientists, and local communities working cooperatively to acquire and restore rivers, streams, and wetlands in coastal Southern California. The WRP’s geographic scope is from Point Conception in Santa Barbara County to the international border with Mexico.
Using a non-regulatory approach and an ecosystem- based perspective, the WRP works together to identify wetland acquisition and restoration priorities, prepare plans for these priority sites, pool funds to undertake these projects, implement priority plans, and oversee post-project maintenance & monitoring.
Signatories of our Working Agreement
Felicia Marcus, Regional Administrator, United States Environmental Protection Agency
Brig. General Rick Capka, Division Engineer, United States Army Corps of Engineers
Mike Spear, Regional Director, United States Fish and Wildlife Service
William T. Hogarth, Acting Regional Administrator, National Marine Fisheries Service
Douglas Wheeler, Secretary, California Resources Agency
Peter Rooney, Secretary,California Environmental Protection Agency
Jacqueline E. Schafer, Director, California Department of Fish and Game
Peter Douglas, Executive Director, California Coastal Commission
Robert C. Hight, Executive Director, State Lands Commission
Steven Horn, Executive Officer (Interim), State Coastal Conservancy
John H. Robertus, Executive Officer, San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board
Gerald J. Thibeault, Executive Officer, Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board
Dennis Dickerson, Executive Officer, Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board
Harold Fairly, Chairman, Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board