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The RCD works with cooperating farmers, ranchers, landowners and other land managers to voluntarily prevent erosion, control runoff, demonstrate management practices, and protect water supplies. We utilize and facilitate access to state and federal programs to fund these activities. The RCDMC is a public resource agency and has no enforcement or regulatory authority. Landowners, be they public or private, partner with the RCD on a voluntary basis. Operating funds are derived entirely from grants and work contracts.

GROWERS, RANCHERS, LANDOWNERS

The RCD provides farmers and landowners planning and design assistance and coordination of multiple permits to facilitate the voluntary installation of a range of resource protection and conservation practices.  RCD staff assist farmers to access local, state and federal funding programs to support these projects.  We also work to monitor and evaluate conservation practices and develop innovative practices to meet the economic, water quality, and environmental needs of our cooperators.

PRACTICE INNOVATION AND EVALUATION

Our staff partner with local farmers and researchers to conduct effectiveness monitoring of these practices and develop innovative conservation management practices.  These conservation measures can reduce soil losses, bank erosion and/or water and fertilizer consumption. All of the management practices that the RCD promotes and designs are based on sound science and engineering combined with local experience.  The RCD also works with farmers and partners to develop innovative technologies and practices to address local resource concerns. 

EDUCATION AND OUTREACH

The RCD educates landowners, growers, ranchers, agency staff, K-12 and college students, and the general public about natural resource conservation. These educational forums include workshops, educational presentations, tours, direct mailings, media outreach, special events, classroom visits, and internship/volunteer opportunities.

SUPPORT TO PARTNERS

The Resource Conservation District is an active member of the local farming community and acts as a bridge between agricultural producers and the natural resource scientific community. We stay abreast of the latest developments in science and regulation to provide this level of service as well as participate in various Technical Advisory Committees of a variety of projects led by partner organizations.

Big Sur River Watershed Program

The Big Sur River is the largest coastal "stream" in Monterey County south of the Carmel River. The Resource Conservation District of Monterey County is partnering with the Garrapata Creek Watershed Council to work with the community to develop a watershed management plan. Several agencies, businesses and individuals, who live or work in or draw water from the watershed, are involved in early stages of writing the plan.

CARMEL RIVER WATERSHED

RCDMC staff assist landowners, non-profit organizations and agency partners in the Carmel River Watershed to support coordination and prioritization of planning and projects affecting critical resource issues such as habitat, water quality and supply, flooding, and listed species. With grant funding from the California Department of Conservation, a watershed coordinator worked with the Carmel River Task Force to help transform the volumes of assessment information into a unified document and update the Carmel River Watershed Action Plan.

Salinas River Watershed Projects

Landowners and wildlife along the Salinas River are threatened by two major, interconnected problems: Proliferation of the invasive weed Arundo donax, and the high risk of the river flooding valuable land in wet years. The RCD of Monterey County is addressing these problems by collaborating with landowners, government agencies, and NGOs through two complimentary programs: The Salinas River Watershed Arundo Eradication and Riparian Restoration Program (Arundo Control Program) and the Salinas River Stream Maintenance Program.

 
       

 

 

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