Watershed Stewards Program

Corpsmembers in the Watershed Stewards Program survey a stream for fish population.

The Watershed Stewards Program’s primary objective is to promote the conservation, restoration, and enhancement of salmon and trout-bearing watersheds.

WSP does this by placing its Members with scientists from natural resource organizations in locations around the state where the Members are mentored in data collection as they assess, monitor, and enhance watersheds.

Members also assist communities and organizations with habitat restoration for salmonids – Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, and Steelhead Trout – to bring these threatened and endangered species back to healthy populations.

Additionally, WSP provides watershed education and outreach by instructing children from lower income public schools on a special curriculum focused on salmonid science. WSP Members also recruit community volunteers to tackle watershed projects that local organizations might not otherwise have the manpower to complete.

Placement Sites – the locations where Members and their work are based – include federal, state, county, tribal, and non-profit agencies and organizations.

Learn About the History of WSP

Funding Sources

Funding sources for WSP include:

  • Fisheries Restoration Grant Program
  • AmeriCorps
  • Placement Site Partners
  • California Conservation Corps
  • CaliforniaVolunteers sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service

Program Accomplishments

Key accomplishments:

  • Inventoried over 39,000 miles through stream, riparian, and upslope surveys
  • Developed over 1,800 watershed restoration projects
  • Instructed over 46,302 students on salmonid lifecycles and watershed processes
  • Conducted outreach to over 283,497 students and community Members
  • Engaged more than 24,308 community volunteers with hands-on restoration projects

WSP In Your Community

  • WSP Members teach the Wonders of Watersheds (WOW!) Education Series at your school. WOW! is a series of six one-hour interactive lessons pertaining to watersheds, the water cycle, salmonids, stream health, habitat, and water conversation and stewardship. The series helps K-8 students in Title I schools gain a better understanding of their local watershed.
  • WSP Members lead field trips, teach a single classroom lesson, lead educational games, and organize service learning opportunities for schools, after-school clubs, or community groups.
  • WSP Members help with volunteer days and other outreach events. Members can lead activities, present fish dissections, and engage audiences of all ages.
  • WSP Members help you get involved with your watershed. WSP Members organize hands-on volunteer events in their service communities. Visit WSP’s Facebook page for information about upcoming volunteer opportunities.

Contact WSP via email at wsp.info@ccc.ca.gov to learn more and find out if Members are available in your community.

Are you a young professional looking to gain more experience in the watershed and fisheries field? Learn more about what it means to be a WSP Member.

WSP partners with restoration and conservation organizations every year. Are you interested in having WSP Members at your organization? Learn more about partnering with WSP.