Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District  | January 23, 2017
January 2017
The news on your RCD's latest efforts to   conserve and protect our most valued natural resources, support a thriving agricultural community and promote a sustainable local economy. 
Got Runoff? Tips on How to Manage Our Winter Stormwater 

Amidst jumps for joy at this drought-breaking rainfall, you may have also found yourself pulling on your rain boots and grabbing a shovel to clear the way for excessive stormwater. Managing stormwater for our neighborhoods, creeks, roads, and aquifers requires more than clearing ditches.  

The solution to managing a deluge of stormwater is to take a holistic approach. Instead of rushing water off the landscape, we need to slow it, spread it out, sink it into the ground, and if possible, store it for future use. The definitive guide, "Slow It, Spread It, Sink It, Store It!" outlines practical projects that individuals and neighborhoods can adopt to manage their excessive stormwater. 

Projects that store, slow, spread and sink stormwater include rainwater catchment, replacing impervious pavement with permeable paving, routing stormwater to rain gardens, and more. There are many local landscapers and landscape suppliers with resources and training in installation of these projects. Your RCD is also here to help. 

For more educational resources, see our Water Stewardship Guides page.

More Rain is Coming -- Time to Pick Up Your Pet's Waste

Did you know that water quality monitoring has shown that dog and other pet waste across the landscape, even in backyards, is affecting the health of our creeks and the ocean?  Before rainstorms, remember to take a little time to clean up what your pet leaves behind, for the health of our neighborhoods, creeks and ocean.
NEW VIDEO - The Making of the Salmon Creek Dairy Water Conservation Project

We are pleased to share a video that shows the teamwork and mission around the 2016 Salmon Creek Dairy Water Conservation Project -- a 1.4 million gallon rainwater harvesting system that conserves water for agricultural use and the wildlife of Bodega, CA. See it here. 
California State Legislature Celebrates RCD's 75 Years of Service

We would like to make a correction  from our last e-newsletter : On October 28, 2016, the Gold Ridge RCD was presented with a Gold Resolution by the  California State Legislature  for actively serving our community since 1941, not the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, who awarded the Sonoma RCD with a similar Gold Resolution last month for their years of service.  Go RCDs!
Partner News 

It's Raining, It's Pouring, Stormwater Solutions Are All About Storing! 

From Daily Acts

"Regenerative Rights-of-Way: A Conversation with Brad Lancaster on Rainwater Harvesting," Tuesday, January 24, 6:30-8:30, Petaluma Community Center. Daily Acts hosts master waterscapers Brad Landcaster and Brock Dolman in a conversation about stormwater management. Register Here. 

Spring Conservation Burn Training & Biochar Workshop

From Sonoma Biochar Initiative

At Circle Bar Ranch from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. on Friday, February 24th. These workshops feature both hands-on, in-the-field training and a classroom style component. More information.

CAFF & Farmers Guild Merge for United Voice for Family Farms & Sustainable Ag 

From Community Alliance with Family Farms (CAFF)

Big news! Today we're excited to announce the merger of Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) and the Farmers Guild. This merger allows us to combine efforts, membership and strengths to create one robust organization that provides a stronger, more united voice for family farms and sustainable agriculture throughout California... Read more

Public Hearing and Extended Comment Period for the Occidental Wastewater Project

Sonoma County Water Agency Director Lynda Hopkins announced on Monday, January 9 that the Water Agency Board will consider holding a public hearing for the Occidental County Sanitation District Wastewater Transport Compliance Project Initial Study and Negative Declaration.

Draft Initial Study/Negative Declaration (IS/ND), in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act, was released on December 21. The deadline for public comments has been extended to 5 p.m., February 24, 2017. In addition, on January 24, the Sonoma County Water Agency Board of Directors will be considering a request to hold a public hearing on Thursday, February 17, at 6 p.m. at the Monte Rio Community Center. Read more

Petaluma NRCS Office to Hire for Soil Conservationist Position

The Petaluma NRCS office is one of a few offices in the state to be receiving two-year positions to support the soil health effort. Watch for the opening. Other locations hiring for this position include: Ukiah, Willows, Oroville, Santa Maria, Auburn, Visalia and Victorville.

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