Elkhorn Slough Watershed Permit Coordination Program (1998-2007)
This Program was the pioneer permit coordination program in California, established in 1998 to reduce barriers to agricultural resource conservation projects in the Elkhorn Slough Watershed in northern Monterey County. The program, spear-headed by NRCS, RCDMC and Sustainable Conservation, streamlined the permitting process for land managers working with the NRCS or RCD on projects utilizing 10 approved conservation practices. It paved the way for many similar RCD-led programs throughout California ever since. Program outcomes were summarized in the Elkhorn Permit Coordination Report.
Livestock & Land Program (2007-2012)
From 2007 to 2012, RCD of Monterey County partnered with neighboring RCDs and Ecology Action in the Livestock & Land Program, which provided education and technical and financial assistance to livestock managers’ efforts to manage drainage, mud, vegetation and manure in areas of concentrated livestock for water quality and animal health. Through the Livestock and Land Program, the RCD actively recruited and trained livestock owners on implementation of Best Management Practices (BMPs) to accomplish goals for water quality improvement. The goal of the program was to achieve immediate and lasting reductions in pollution to surface and ground waters through voluntary implementation of BMPs on livestock facilities in Monterey County. It provided assistance to livestock property owners in implementing and understanding BMPs through: funding for land improvements; free site visits and consultations; workshops and training; and publications and brochures. Resource Conservation Districts and Ecology Action continue the Livestock & Land Program in various parts of California together with ranchers, farmers, private property owners, educators, non-profits, community organizations, local governments and many others.
Carmel River Watershed Coordination (2011-2014)
From 2011-2014, a grant-funded Carmel River Watershed Coordinator worked with landowners, non-profit organizations and agency partners to provide a centralized and neutral role in assisting with the coordination and prioritization of critical resource issues affecting habitat, water quality and supply, flooding, and listed species in the Carmel River watershed. With grant funding from the California Department of Conservation and the partner organizations listed below, the watershed coordinator accomplished the following:
- Re-initiation and coordination of regular meetings of the Carmel River Task Force;
- Conservation technical assistance to Carmel River watershed landowners;
- Coordination of three Carmel Watershed Workdays in partnership with the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District and Monterey Peninsula Water Management District;
- Creation of a Carmel River Watershed Stewardship Guide; and
- Transformation of volumes of assessment information and prioritization and planning to update the Carmel River Watershed Assessment and Action Plan.
Partner Organizations Contributing Time and Money to This Effort Included:
The Carmel River Watershed Conservancy, Monterey Peninsula Water Management District, Planning & Conservation League Foundation, Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District, Carmel River Steelhead Association, Big Sur Land Trust, State Coastal Conservancy, CA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, the County of Monterey (Public Works and Water Resources), Cal State University at Monterey Bay.
For more information on the program, contact the RCDMC office.