Sunday, September 23, 2018

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.


Meeting of the Advisory Committee

November 8, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Sacramento County Board Chambers
700 H Street, Suite 1450
Sacramento, CA 95814

Public Welcome!

Agenda will be available by October 29, 2018.


2018 Solicitation has Arrived!

Interested parties may now access the WCB 2018 Lower American River Conservancy Program Solicitation Notice.

Pre-Application period closes on Friday, September 28, 2018, 5:00 p.m. PST.

Applicants may consult with the LARC program manager during the pre-application period, which is from August 31 - September 28, to receive feedback on their proposed project and its consistency with the Guidelines of the Program and the 2018 Solicitation priorities. Program manager Cara Allen can be reached by e-mail at or by phone at (916) 445-1095. 

By October 3, 2018, WCB will notify all applicants that submitted pre-applications whether or not to proceed with submitting a Full Application.

See the 2018 Solicitation (PDF) for more details and the Pre-Application form.



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

    John Laird
    Tina Bartlett (alternate)

    Karen Finn

    Jennifer Lucchessi

    Steve "Grant" Green

    Corey Brown

    Advisory Committee Charter (PDF)


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