The following documents have been produced by other agencies, organizations and regions but contain information that may be of interest to our constituents.
Prevent Soil Erosion on Your Property
In this Homeowner’s Guide to Erosion Control you will find common NRCS practices that can be implemented to protect your property and prevent mudslides.
Homeowners Guide for Flood Prevention and Response
Santa Barbara County has suffered impacts from several floods throughout the years. These flood events can cause serious damages to public property, infrastructure and private property. While the County and other agencies work hard to prepare for the winter, flooding can still happen. Residents and business owners should take some time while the sun is still out to evaluate the need for flood insurance, permanent drainage improvements on their property, and last-minute emergency actions such as sand bags and timber deflectors.
Don’t Plant a Pest – Alternatives To Invasive Garden Plants
This brochure features the most common invasive non-native pest plants that are sold in nurseries, and suggests safe alternatives for these plants. For a more extensive list of invasive non-native plants that are sold in nurseries and suggested alternatives, visit www.cal-ipc.org or CNPS websites listed on the back of this brochure. The alternatives listed are acceptable for vegetation management zones because they can be pruned to decrease the accumulation of deadwood.
2016 Wild Farm Alliance Co-Managing Farm Stewardship
This handbook helps conservation planners who work with produce growers, and the growers themselves, to co-manage food safety and conservation by understanding food safety risks in the growing environment, and by learning details of how specific management practices may reduce or increase food safety risk.
2016 Post Fire Dos and Don’ts
A list of things to do and not do after a fire, developed by the Natural Resources Conservation Service
2016 Plant Right Plant List
PlantRight’s 2016 list of horticultural invasive plants identifies the highest priority invasive plants available for sale in California. If one of these plants is invasive in your climate zone, they should not be used in gardens or landscaping. Instead, consider one of the beautiful, non-invasive alternatives listed here.
2015 Hedgerow Planting NRCS Specifications
These instructions provide in-depth guidance on how to install hedgerows for pollinators. The purpose of hedgerow planting is to establish dense vegetation in a linear design to enhance pollen, nectar, and nesting habitat for pollinators.
2014 Central Coast Roads Guide
Originally created by the Santa Cruz Planning Department Environmental Division, updated by the Resource Conservation Districts (RCD’s) of Santa Cruz County, San Mateo County, and Monterey County, with assistance from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and funding from the State Coastal Conservancy. This guide is an introduction to basic road drainage and maintenance concepts and practices.
2014 CAPCOA GHG Rx Protocol: Methodology for Compost Additions to Grazed Grasslands
This document contains a methodology to account for the carbon sequestration and avoided GHG emissions related to compost additions to Grazed Grasslands, following specifications by the American Carbon Registry (ACR).
2013 Hillslope Farming Runoff Management Practices Guide
Guidance for hillside farmland management practices that may be used to prevent erosion and runoff. Completed in 2013 by the Resource Conservation District of Monterey County with funding support from the Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office.
2013 Climate Change Consortium for Specialty Crops: Impacts and Strategies for Resilience
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) convened the Climate Change Consortium, a diverse group of individuals involved in California specialty crop agriculture, to identify specific climate change adaptation strategies for growers. The Consortium addressed climate change impacts to temperature, water resources, pests and pollination. Growers will face new challenges from changed environmental averages, trends, variability, and extremes. While specialty crops are the focus of this report, the Consortium’s work on climate change impacts can be applied widely to California agriculture.
2013 California’s Water-Energy-Climate Nexus
Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Embedded in Water. Completed in 2013 by the Climate Registry and Water Energy Innovations, Inc. This white paper is one of a series to facilitate the on-going dialogue among water and wastewater agencies, energy utilities, policymakers, regulators, customers, constituents, and other stakeholders as to the types of actions that can be taken to help achieve the state’s aggressive resource efficiency, economic and environmental goals.
2012 Southern California Steelhead Recovery Plan Summary
Prepared by NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service. The goal of the Southern California Steelhead Recovery Plan is to recover anadromous steelhead and ensure the long-term persistence of self-sustaining wild populations of steelhead and ultimately to remove them from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. The Planning Area extends from the Santa Maria River to the Tijuana River at the U.S.-Mexico border.
2012 Oso Flaco Creek Non-Point Source Pollution Assessment
Completed in 2012, funded by California State Department of Parks and Recreation, and prepared by Coastal San Luis RCD and Althouse and Meade, Inc. Biological and Environmental Services. This project was developed in response to previous studies in the watershed that have identified several water quality concerns, particularly sedimentation, nitrates, pesticides, ammonia, fecal coliform, chloride, and sediment. Previous work considered agricultural nonpoint sources as the primary sources of pollution in the watershed. The primary purpose of the Project was to meet State Parks’ requirements for data to support management decisions for Oso Flaco Creek and Lake.
A Handbook For Small Scale Erosion Control in Coastal California developed by the Marin Resource Conservation District and the Marin County Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program
2011 Agricultural Water Use in California
A thorough review of published research, data and California publications to assess the overall potential for agricultural water use efficiency to provide new water supplies. Center for Irrigation Technology, Cal State Fresno
2010 Why Water Stewardship for Agriculture
CAWSI is a collaborative effort by a group of agricultural organizations that are working to develop and implement approaches to agricultural water management that support the viability of agriculture, conserve water, and protect the environment in California. CAWSI promotes on-farm and watershed-scale practices that can enhance farm water security in environmentally-sound ways.
2010 Slow it. Spread it. Sink it
A Homeowner and Landowner’s Guide to Beneficial Stormwater Management. Completed in 2010 the Southern Sonoma County Resource Conservation District and The Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County.
2010 Assessment of Restoration Actions for the Santa Ynez River Estuary
This report documents historic changes in land uses, hydrology and lagoon functioning to identify potential restoration opportunities to improve the ecological health of the Lower Santa Ynez River Estuary. This assessment summarizes what we know about the functioning and evolution of habitats on the lower river based on existing available information and field data collected under this contract in the period of October 2009 to July 2010.
2009 SAFE Landscapes Ventura County Calendar and Guidebook
SAFE Landscapes (Sustainable And Fire SafE) has developed guidelines for creating and maintaining fire-safe, environmentally-friendly landscapes in the wildland-urban interface that minimize the use and spread of invasive plants. The calendar is outdated but it still contains useful information.
2009 SAFE Landscapes in Wildland Urban Interface
SAFE Landscapes (Sustainable and Fire SafE) can help you create and maintain fire-safe, environmentally-friendly landscapes in the wildland-urban interface.
2009 Making Property Firesafe
Fire preparedness information to maintain a fire safe property.
2008 Forestland Steward
Working Together for Healthy Forests. This issue provides a quick primer on many topics such as: assessing the damage, erosion control, protecting the road system, monitoring tree damage, regeneration/reforestation, tax implications, and professional help. The articles touch on areas you need to consider and provide references to more information.
2008 A Homeowner’s Guide to Fire Safe Landscaping
Information and Steps to keep your home safe with a fire safe landscape.
2007 Rincon Creek Watershed Plan
Rincon Creek Watershed Plan, completed May 2007 by Tetra Tech, Inc. Funded by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Fisheries Restoration Grant Program. The CRCD and NRCS participated on the Stakeholder Team. The focus of the plan is to identify opportunities and projects to improve steelhead habitat and passage, and improve water quality and other creek functions.
2007 Flash Flood Preparation
Until the burned area recovers, nothing will stop the waters from coming down the canyons. While numerous efforts are being taken to reduce the risks to life and property downstream of the fire, residents in the area should take their own steps to protect themselves and their property.
2006 Wetland Project Permitting Guide
This guide offers help by explaining current laws and providing examples of the permitting processes. Although it was written for permitting stream and wetland projects in Ventura County and along the Santa Clara River in Los Angeles County, it has useful information for other regions.
2006 Guide To Native and Invasive Streamside Plants
This guide provides information to help protect one of the most valuable elements of a living stream—riparian vegetation. Using this guide, you can help restore and enhance one of California’s most vital and endangered resources: the living stream environment.
2004 Santa Maria River Estuary Enhancement and Management Plan
Prepared in 2004 for The Dunes Center, The State Coastal Conservancy and the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board.
2004 NRCS Living in the Foothills
A guide to developing environmental awareness and obtaining resources for protection, development, and maintenance of your foothills property.
2003 Straw Bale Barrier
A straw bale barrier is a series of straw bales placed on a level contour to intercept sheet flows. Straw bale barriers pond sheet- flow runoff, allowing sediment to settle out.
2003 Santa Barbara County Creek Care Guide
Completed June 2003 by Santa Barbara County and the Community Environmental Council. The guide describes how creeks and watersheds function, what factors influence their health, and offers ways to improve or restore creeks.
2003 Sandbag Barrier
A sandbag barrier is a series of sand-filled bags placed on a level contour to intercept sheet flows. Sandbag barriers pond sheet flow runoff, allowing sediment to settle out.
2003 Fire Mudslide Hazards
Information on hazards and dangers associated with post-fire mudslides, debris avalanches and debris flows for homeowners.
2003 Fiber Rolls
A fiber roll consists of straw, flax, or other similar materials bound into a tight tubular roll. When fiber rolls are placed at the toe and on the face of slopes, they intercept runoff, reduce its flow velocity, release the runoff as sheet flow, and provide removal of sediment from the runoff. By interrupting the length of a slope, fiber rolls can also reduce erosion.
2002 NRCS Wildfire Risk Reduction
This publication contains some techniques, practices, and information homeowners can use for new or existing home sites to reduce their susceptibility to damage from wildfires and related flooding events.
2002 Kids Invasive Weeds Book
Children’s book discussing invasive weeds: what are they and why should we care about them?
2000 Know Your Natives – A Pictorial Guide to California Native Grasses
This document was prepared by Yolo County RCD to provide quality, pictorial examples of the various growth stages of commonly planted and commonly seen native grasses. The guide is written especially for the private landowner, farmers and ranchers. It is also a valuable tool for homeowners who wish to integrate native species into their landscape.
2000 California Irrigation Management (CIMIS) Urban Resource Book
Completed in 2000 by the CA Department of Water Resources, Division of Planning and Local Assistance. This book is intended for anyone who needs to develop a water management program for a local agency or disseminate irrigation management information; water suppliers who provide help and assistance to customers; private consultants who provide irrigation scheduling and management services to commercial and residential landscape, park, and golf course managers; and home owners.
2000 A Guide to Steep Land Avocado Development
Prepared in 2000 by USDA Soil Conservation Service In cooperation with Santa Barbara County Resource Conservation District, Ventura County Resource Conservation District and University of California Cooperative Extension, Ventura County.
1993 Maintaining A Plug Free Micro-Irrigation System
The plugging of emitters, the device through which water is discharged, is one of the most serious problems associated with micro‐irrigation use. Emitter plugging was observed in 48 percent of the micro‐irrigation systems in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties that were evaluated by the Mobile Laboratory for Irrigation System Evaluation.