The people of California support our efforts broadly as they continue to go to the polls in favor of investment in environmental quality. Yet every public dollar that we spend on the ground, must be matched with a quarter from another source. Building the foundation for our work requires on-the-ground relationship building in agricultural communities to identify restoration opportunities, scientific partnerships and monitoring, and persistent cultivation of support within state and federal agencies, activities not covered by public grant funds.
To make ends meet, River Partners uses its contractor’s license to bid on restoration projects that are consistent with our mission. When we deliver a successful project under budget, we generate funds needed to take on more grant-funded projects. We manage some agricultural leases for the same purpose. Turning what would be profit for a landowner into more restoration work on the ground: this is the power of our earned-income model, and the reason we are proud of our entrepreneurial spirit.
We are poised to do so much more, and solutions at scale are more urgently needed than ever. Hundreds of millions of dollars in public grant funds are now available to sustainably improve flood control, recover riparian habitat, conserve freshwater, sequester carbon, and provide recreational opportunities for Central Valley communities. Private philanthropic funds enable us to build a broader foundation for our work through new partnerships, scientific studies, land acquisitions, and projects that lay critical groundwork for public investment conservatively at a 1:10 ratio.
Solutions at scale are more urgently needed than ever, and we are poised to do so much more. California voters support our efforts broadly as they continue to go to the polls in favor of investment in environmental quality. Hundreds of millions of dollars in public grant funds are now available to restore California rivers. Private philanthropy is an essential element of our approach, serving as ignition to access public funding at a 1:10 ratio. Every private dollar we receive enables us to access $10 in public funding to sustainably improve flood control, recover riparian habitat, conserve freshwater, sequester carbon, and support the health of our communities.