The goals of the CSDS, as described in legislation, are to protect, preserve, restore, enhance, and develop migratory waterfowl breeding and wintering habitat, evaluate habitat projects, and conduct waterfowl resource assessments and other waterfowl related research. To achieve these goals the program has adopted the following four objectives:
Identify activities which are needed for the conservation and maintenance of California’s waterfowl habitat on public land.
Develop and fund project-specific strategies to protect, enhance, maintain or restore significant waterfowl habitat on public land.
Develop and fund project-specific strategies to conserve waterfowl populations.
Develop, administer, and fund a grants program for waterfowl conservation.