Sunday, May 26, 2019

Lower American River Conservancy Program


The Lower American River stretches from Nimbus Dam in Folsom to the confluence with the Sacramento River at Discovery Park, and is a regional jewel in Sacramento County.


The 2019 Proposal Solicitation Notice (PSN) has Arrived!

Get ready to spring into action along the Parkway by submitting a full application for your high-quality project that advances the goals of the Parkway and this year’s PSN. Priorities include land acquisitions and capital improvements that expand, restore, enhance, interpret or protect the Parkway’s natural, cultural, historic, recreational, and educational resources.  

Full applications are due by July 3, 2019. Please note all application forms for 2019 have been updated; forms from the 2018 PSN will not be accepted. Also, the full application submittal process has changed; please read all application forms and directions before sending in your final application materials. 

2019 Proposal Solicitation Notice (PDF)

2019 LARCP Grant Application (Word)

Appendix A – Scope of Work (Word)

Appendices B, C, D, and E – Budget Worksheets (Excel)

Appendix F – Corps Consultation Form (PDF)

2019 PSN FAQ (PDF)


Meeting of the Advisory Committee

May 29, 2019, 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Sacramento County Chambers Room
700 H Street, Suite 1450
Sacramento, CA 95814

Public welcome!

See the Full Agenda (PDF) for more information. 


Announcement of the 2019 Advisory Committee Meeting Calendar

Join us on the following dates for meetings of the Advisory Committee of the Lower American River Conservancy Program:

Thursday, February 7
Thursday, June 20  Rescheduled: Wednesday, May 29, 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Thursday, October 17, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

All meetings will be held in the Sacramento County Chambers room located at 700 H Street, Suite 1450 Sacramento, CA 95814. 

While the calendar is set, special meetings or changes may be made as the Wildlife Conservation Board or the Advisory Committee deems necessary.



The Lower American River Conservancy Program (Program) was created by Assembly Bill 1716 (PDF), and signed into law in 2016 and became effective January 1, 2017 (Public Resources Code, § 5845 et seq. (the “Enabling Statute”). The Program was created to provide a state partner to work cooperatively with local agencies, particularly the County of Sacramento in its role as the American River Parkway Manager, and nonprofit organizations to help fund projects and provide grants to restore, enhance, interpret, protect and improve public access to the American River Parkway’s natural, recreational, educational and cultural resources. The Legislature’s intent was for the Program to be a continuation of the state’s historic role in providing funding to advance the protection and restoration of the natural resources of the Lower American River while continuing the County of Sacramento’s historic role in managing the lands and public uses of the American River Parkway. In 2008, Sacramento County finalized the American River Parkway Plan (Plan). The purpose of the Plan is to provide a guide for land use decisions affecting the Parkway, and the plan specifically addresses the preservation, use, development and administration of the Parkway. 

The Program is administered by the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB). The Enabling Statue also created the Lower American River Conservancy Program advisory committee (Committee) (Public Resources Code §5845.4). The Committee consists of 12 members, including: 

  • Three members of the Board of Supervisors of the County of Sacramento
  • Two representatives of the City of Sacramento
  • One representative of the City of Rancho Cordova    
  • Representatives from the Natural Resources Agency, the Department of Finance, and the State Lands Commission
  • Three members from the public at large who have demonstrated knowledge of and expertise in the American River Parkway and the American River Parkway Plan 

The Enabling Statute created the Lower American River Conservancy Fund (Fund) in the State Treasury (Public Resources Code §5845.9). Monies in the Fund shall be available, upon appropriation, for the purposes of the Program including capital improvements, land acquisition, support for the Program’s operations, and other purposes consistent with the Enabling Statue. Priority shall be given to develop and implement a natural resources management plan and to improve access to, and for the protection and restoration of, the Lower American River Parkway. The WCB’s voting members shall have final authority over project approval and funding. The Committee’s role is to take action on each eligible project that passed the WCB Administrative Review and Sacramento County Review and either recommend it for funding to WCB’s voting board or deny the project at which point it will no longer be considered for funding. The Committee is mandated to convene at least twice each calendar year at one or more locations in Sacramento County and be open to the public.

For more information on the Program contact program manager Cara Allen by email at or by phone at (916) 445-1095.


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    Advisory Committee Members

    Jeff Harris, Chairman

    Phil Serna

    Dick Barbar (designee-member for Susan Peters)

    Don Nottoli

    Darrell Steinberg
    Kelly Fong-Rivas (alternate)

    Donald Terry

    Wade Crowfoot

    Karen Finn

    Jennifer Lucchessi

    Steve "Grant" Green

    Corey Brown

    Cassie Gilson

    Advisory Committee Charter (PDF)


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