About the Tool

The Accelerating Restoration Protection Measures Selection Tool was designed to help restoration project proponents in California select applicable environmental protection measures (or “protection measures”) for their aquatic and riparian habitat restoration projects from the lists of measures included in the programmatic permitting pathways shown below.

Protection measures are fundamental to minimize impacts associated with project implementation and are required for obtaining coverage or enrollment under the permitting pathways. Applicable measures must be incorporated into the project design. Modified measures may also be proposed due to site-specific constraints or technological advances.

Protection measures have been coordinated between permitting agencies for consistency among the different agency restoration programmatic permits. The purpose of the protection measures is to incorporate best management practices (often referred to as BMPs) into the design of projects submitted for review and approval to avoid and/or minimize potential short-term, long-term, and cumulative adverse effects. These standards and practices represent sound and proven methods to reduce potential adverse effects of an action. 

How It Works


Select a Permitting Pathway

Choose one of the permitting pathways by clicking on one of the icons below or by using the drop-down menu on the top right of this website.

Note: Review eligibility criteria for these permitting pathways and discuss your project with agency staff as needed before using this tool. A permitting pathways is not final unless verified by the permitting agency.

Filter Protection Measures and Download Results

Answer questions about your project to narrow which measures apply to your project.

Download a CSV that can be viewed in Excel. Each permitting pathway will generate its own file.

Review and Refine Results

Evaluate and further refine the results for applicability to your project and for when a modified measure may be appropriate. When using this tool for more than one permitting pathway, compare measures that are in the same category for consistency. An effort has been made to coordinate measures; however, each agency has its own requirements.


The outputs of the selection tool (list of measures) should not be considered final. Agency review and assessment are required to ensure that measures are appropriate for project-specific conditions.

This tool is provided by a nongovernmental organization working in partnership with state and federal agencies. Specific measures may be modified, added, or removed in final permits on a project-level basis. The project proponent should discuss proposed modifications with the applicable agency.

Further, it is important to note that additional protection measures pertaining to resources outside of the applicable agency’s jurisdiction may be recommended and/or required on a project-by-project basis. This may include measures addressing impacts to special-status wildlife, fish, and plant species, air quality, noise, cultural resources, and other areas. These additional measures would typically be incorporated into projects as part of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review or required by other agencies during their permitting processes. 

Permitting Pathways

Photo credits: Top row from left to right – Stephanie Falzone, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Stephanie Falzone, Bureau of Land Management. Bottom row from left to right – Stephanie Falzone, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Steve Martarano, California Department of Water Resources (DWR)/Paul Hames, DWR/Paul Hames.