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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.