On July 29th, 2010, the Santa Cruz County Planning Commission unanimously approved the Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County (RCD) request to renew the "Partners in Restoration Permit Coordination Program" (Program), this Program, which since its inception in 2005, has helped implement more than 50 environmentally beneficial projects and prevented over 200,000 tons of sediment from entering our waterways and fish habitat. Based on a successful program in the neighboring Elkhorn Slough Watershed, the RCD, the U.S.D.A. Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and environmental non-profit partner Sustainable Conservation started the first countywide program to help implement environmentally beneficial projects on private lands in Santa Cruz County. The Program allows farmers, ranchers, and rural landowners in the county to more easily manage the often cumbersome and complicated permitting process associated with voluntary conservation projects. In partnership with the California Department of Fish and Game, Regional Water Quality Control Board, NOAA Fisheries, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, California Coastal Commission, and the County of Santa Cruz, the Program provides a one-stop permitting solution.
In a June 7th event, the Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County (RCD) was honored by Congressman Sam Farr, for a recent grant award of $230,000 by the USDA’s Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Rancher’s Program.
Join us August 2 - 6th for the "Sustainable Agriculture Practice Workshop - from the forest, rangeland and cropland to the sea".
Inviting college students, agriculture professionals and planners in the fields of agriculture production, planning and resource management to learn field-based water quality monitoring and management techniques relevant to selection forestry, planned rotational livestock management, and irrigated crop management.
$70 for students / $125 for professionals: 5 day workshop includes, 3 CEUs, lunches and professional training. Open the attached flier for details or contact Susan Burgess at for registration information.