Notice of Draft Forest Heath and Fire Resilience Public Works Plan
The Resource Conservation District of Monterey County (RCDMC) has released a Draft Monterey County Forest Health and Fire Resilience Public Works Plan (PWP) for public review and comment. The Draft PWP is available here:
The goal of the PWP is to facilitate permitting of high-priority projects in the Coastal Zone that reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire and improve ecological conditions for forests, woodlands, and grasslands. The PWP provides a planning framework to efficiently review and authorize vegetation management projects within the Program Area over the next ten years using principles, strategies, and best management practices that align fire prevention planning with the protection of coastal resources. This draft PWP is the result of a coordinated planning process of the Resource Conservation District, in collaboration with Monterey County, CALFIRE and California Coastal Commission.
Request for Proposals
CEQA Notice of Exemptions
CEQA Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration
Notice of Intent for Application of Aquatic Herbicides
The Resource Conservation District of Monterey County (RCDMC) was granted a General National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit for Residual Aquatic Pesticide Discharges to Waters of the United States from Algae and Aquatic Weed Control Applications from the State Water Resources Control board on June 23, 2014. This permit covers the RCDMC’s arundo (Arundo donax) and tamarisk (Tamarisk sp.) control efforts in the Salinas River riparian corridor. The RCDMC manages these invasive plants to improve habitat for fish and wildlife and reduce flood and fire risk along the Salinas River.
Beginning July 11, 2022, the RCDMC will be applying a glyphosate and/or imazapyr-based aquatic-formulated herbicide to arundo stands and tamarisk shrubs in the Salinas River riparian corridor between Soledad and King City, CA. Applications will likely continue through August 2022.
Herbicide will not be applied directly into the water and best management practices should result in no water contamination. No adverse impacts to the Salinas River or receiving water bodies are expected, and there are no water use restrictions associated with this application.
For more information, please contact Emily Zefferman, RCDMC Ecologist, at (831) 975-7761.