The Santa Clara River Conservancy (SCRC) is a conservation organization formed in 2009 to maintain connectivity of natural resources throughout the Santa Clara River Watershed. Based in the Santa Clara River valley, our primary goal is to protect native riparian habitat through restoration, conservation, education, and collaboration.
The Santa Clara River is the last major coastal system in southern California that retains much of its natural hydrology. Some of the more notable impacts of the river basin are that it:
- Supports some of the most valuable agricultural resources in the world, as well as water resources for surrounding urban populations in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.
- Provides ecosystem functions necessary to sustain more than 17 federally listed plant and animal species.
- Provides critical habitat and landscape linkages between 5 unique bioregions, including the Sierra Madre and Santa Felicia mountains to the north and Santa Susana-Simi Hills and Santa Monica Mountains to the south.
The Santa Clara River Conservancy, representing the diverse interests of the Santa Clara River Watershed, from the flood plain to the highest tributaries seeks to:
- Secure, hold and manage significant lands and waters that provide habitat for native biodiversity;
- Sustain and restore natural ecosystem function;
- Promote sustainable access to natural resources for people; including farming and recreation; and
- Advance cooperation between the agricultural community and conservation to further common goals and create an integrated working landscape that stems the tide of urban encroachment.