Press Release

San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy Named by Blakespear as Nonprofit of the Year

The conservancy will be honored at a June 7th luncheon held at the state Capitol grounds by the California Association of Nonprofits

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Catherine Blakespear, D-Encinitas, announced on Wednesday that the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy has been selected as Senate District 38’s Nonprofit of the Year.

The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy (SDRVC) has worked for more than 30 years to preserve, protect and enhance the San Dieguito River Valley, which is considered the most intact watershed remaining in San Diego County. The watershed runs 55 miles from Volcan Mountain north of Julian through conifer and oak woodlands, grasslands and chaparral to the San Dieguito Lagoon between Del Mar and Solana Beach.

“The San Dieguito River Valley is a tremendous natural resource enjoyed, and appreciated, by thousands of Southern Californians each year,” Blakespear said. “We have San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy to thank for its bold vision and many years of work to preserve the valley and educate others about it. I am delighted to honor the conservancy as District 38’s Nonprofit of the Year.”

The conservancy has supported the river valley by organizing efforts to acquire lands, complete trails and restore habitats. It has also established educational programs, created interpretive centers and encouraged recreation.

“We are truly honored to be named a 2023 Nonprofit of the Year by Senator Blakespear,” said Cheryl Godard, SDRVC Executive Director. “This recognition reflects our commitment to not only conserving land and protecting water quality within the San Dieguito River Watershed but also sharing its natural and cultural resources with the community through educational and recreational programs. The conservancy has a 37-year record of moving the vision of a 71-mile Coast-to-Crest Trail – from the ocean at Del Mar to Volcan Mountain north of Julian – to a maturing reality. We look forward to meeting you out on the trail or at one of our many programs and events.”

The conservancy collaborates with the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority, other nonprofit organizations, citizens, landowners, area governments and other stakeholders to accomplish its mission. It works to build public support for the river valley by offering educational opportunities for children and adults and recreational opportunities throughout the watershed.

Learn more on the conservancy’s website, at  

The California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) is a statewide alliance of over 10,000 members that celebrates nonprofits and the work they do. Each year, CalNonprofits honors the nonprofit organizations selected by members of the state Legislature to highlight from their districts.

CalNonprofits will host a luncheon for lawmakers and their nonprofit honorees at 11:30 a.m. on June 7 at the state Capitol grounds.

Elected in November, Blakespear represents Senate District 38, which covers northern coastal San Diego County and part of Orange County. To learn more about the district and Sen. Blakespear, visit her Senate website.