Friends of the Santa Clara River is a 501 (c)(3) public interest organization formed in 1993 and has served in many ways as an environmental umbrella group. The impetus for forming Friends occurred when a comprehensive river planning effort, known as the Santa Clara River Enhancement and Management Plan, was begun by the State Coastal Conservancy in the early 1990s. We were eventually able to secure a seat on the Plan Steering Committee and participated in this effort for 13 years. We have been a member of the Santa Clara River Steelhead Coalition since its inception and currently provide monetary support for the Santa Clara River coordinator position under the Integrated Regional Water Management Plan.
The mission of Friends of the Santa Clara River is to protect and preserve the cultural and biological resources of the Santa Clara River Watershed.