Who we are: CUSP was founded in 2012 by founders, staffs and past board members of the Urban Creeks Council to revitalize the urban streams movement in California. The partnership is a project of the Earth Island Institute and administered though a Statewide Steering Committee, Sacramento Urban Creeks Council and Santa Barbara Urban Creeks Council, and approximately another 150 partners statewide.
Mission: The California Urban Streams Partnership is an organization of local, regional and statewide groups that protect, restore, and steward urban streams. We are an advocacy organization for urban wildlife, increasing the quality of city life and neighborhoods, and returning functioning ecosystems to urban environments.
Histories & Activities: The members of the California Urban Streams Partnership have a thirty year history (since 1982 ) of pioneering in organizing, funding, designing, constructing, and evaluating urban stream restoration projects. Our partners have been involved in nationally significant innovations in replacing the conventional engineering of concrete and rock channels with design approaches and techniques that foster ecologic benefits. This new generation of urban stream restoration projects reduces flood risks and damages, brings native fish populations back to cities, and improves business districts and neighborhoods. A few notable examples include:
the restoration of the San Luis Obispo Creek and business district; restoration of the Napa River and its downtown
protecting and restoring Tecolote Canyon as a natural area of San Diego
transforming Dry and Linda creeks into community amenities in Roseville as greenways
and restoring salmonid habitat and migration corridors in Mission Creek ,Santa Barbara and Putah Creek flowing though Davis and Winters.