The Upper Santa Ana River Wash Habitat Conservation Plan
The Wash Plan: An Integrated, Collaborative Model for the Upper Santa Ana River
The Upper Santa Ana River Wash Habitat Conservation Plan (Wash Plan) is the culmination of two decades of coordination among Task Force partners to develop an integrated approach to permit and mitigate construction and maintenance activities within the Wash area, including water conservation, wells and water infrastructure, aggregate mining, transportation, flood control, agriculture, trails, and habitat enhancement.
Upper Santa Ana River Wash Habitat Conservation Plan 2022 Annual Report
The primary goal of the Upper Santa Ana River Wash Habitat Conservation Plan (Wash Plan or HCP) is to balance ground-disturbing activities of water conservation, aggregate mining, recreational activities, and other public services in the Plan Area (Plan Area) with the conservation of natural communities and populations of special-status plant and animal species.
The Annual Report highlights the accomplishments of the Conservation District and Participating Entities in executing the agreed upon terms and conditions of the Wash Plan.
The Wash Plan provides several distinctive benefits that include:
It will allow the SBVWCD and its partners to successfully implement 63 identified projects in a collaborative fashion that:
Wash Plan Covered Species
The Wash Plan requires conservation and management of five Covered Species, including the slender-horned spineflower, Santa Ana river woollystar, cactus wren, California gnatcatcher, and San Bernardino kangaroo rat.
Full Scientific Name
Santa Ana River woolly star
Eriastrum densifolium ssp. sanctorum
Coastal California gnatcatcher
Polioptila californica californica
San Bernadino kangaroo rat
Dipodomys merriami parvus
This map shows the areas that are set aside for covered activities and for covered species.
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Wash Plan in the News
The plan accounts for water, mining, flood control and local species needs, and is the result of two decades of consensus building among area cities, water districts, and regulatory agencies.
Association of California Water Agencies – eNews SBVWCD Granted Permit for Complex Habitat Conservation Plan
A vision first formed in the early 1990s finally came to fruition today when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) gave the San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District (SBVWCD) authority to manage a long-awaited project that will benefit water, environmental, economic and community interests in the Upper Santa Ana River Wash.
Wash Plan Gallery
Wash Plan History
Representatives from agencies interested in water, mining, flood control, wildlife, and municipal facilities form the Wash Committee to address mining issues within the upper Santa Ana River Wash.
San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District Board adopts the Upper Santa Ana River Wash Land Management and Habitat Conservation Plan and associated Environmental Impact Report, and files a Notice of Determination under CEQA for the Wash Plan.
Workshops are held to develop alternatives for land uses with the Wash Plan area.
General consensus is reached on a land use alternative. The Wash Plan Task Force is formed.
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) publishes a Notice of Intent to prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement under NEPA to amend the South Coast Resource Management Plan to meet the goals of the Wash Plan in the Federal Register, while the Conservation District publishes a Notice of Preparation for an Environmental Impact Report for the Wash Plan under CEQA. Joint public scoping meetings are held for the Wash Plan.
Task Force Members
City of Highland
City of Redlands
Redlands Municipal Utilities and Engineering Department
East Valley Water District
San Bernardino County Flood Control District
San Bernardino County Planning/Parks
Robertson’s Ready Mix
San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District
San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District