Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District  | April 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.
April 2017
April Showers and Flowers Bring Students to the Outdoor Classroom on the Farm

With apple blossoms in the orchards and steady flow in the creeks, spring is a superb time for young learners to get outside to observe, explore and grow!
Dutton Ranch of Sebastopol and Gilardi Ranch of Bodega hosted local 3rd, 4th and 5th graders to learn first-hand what agriculture and wildlife have in common and how they can work together.  

The Teaching Environmental and Agricultural Memories, or the TEAM, program of the Sonoma County Ag Preservation and Open Space District has been leading young naturalists out on conservation easement-held agricultural properties for over seven years now. This award-winning program is a delight to students, teachers and the RCD staff who run the program. Learn more

And, the RCD brought outdoor education into the barn for the Sonoma County Farm Bureau Ag Days event on March 14 & 15. We brought in a display of fruits, vegetables, nuts and beans and asked students, “Do you know what all these foods have in common?” The answer: bees! Students learned how native bees and European honey bees both need our support to do the work of pollination on our farms. 
Russian River Confluence Sets the Stage for Collaborative Community Visioning

On March 24th, the Russian River community and stakeholders gathered at Shone Farm in Forestville to discuss, celebrate and create a vision for the watershed worth working towards. Residents, artists, non-profits, conservationists, students, vintners, educators, the regional RCDs, Sonoma County Water Agency, Russian Riverkeeper, Dry Creek Rancheria, Pepperwood Preserve, and many, many more came to tell stories that matter and identify actions to promote a holistic, 'beyond sustainability' approach to the watershed that ensures its resiliency and renewal. 

The Confluence promises to lay a plan for the future of the watershed. Stay tuned for updates and ways to get involved!
Gold Ridge RCD Participates in the Santa Rosa Plain Groundwater Sustainability Agency

At its April 20th meeting, the Gold Ridge RCD Board decided to sign on to the GSA as a voting member, discussed the best ways to hear public input regarding the GSA, as well as discussed fundraising opportunities to support the RCD's participation for the first two years ($55,000 for the first year and $64,000 for the second year). The RCD will hold a public listening session at its office at 5:40pm on May 18 after the monthly Board meeting. Attend the listening session or send an email to to share ideas or input.

On March 15, the Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District board voted to join the group of local agencies participating in the formation of the Santa Rosa Plain Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA). A public meeting was held on April 3 to present on the Santa Rosa Plain SGA structure and authority. Agenda and presentation files from the meeting can be viewed here

The first Board Meeting of the Santa Rosa Plain GSA will be finalized by June 1, 2017, and over the next five years the agency will develop a Groundwater Sustainability Plan for the basin. The ultimate goal is sustainable management of groundwater over the long-term by an authority comprised of local agencies engaged with their community. 

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Thank you to the Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) YouthLink Employment and Education Services for your partnership, dedication, and can-do attitude at the Salmon Creek Dairy Water Conservation Project site! Mike Zigler from SAY led a crew on an assignment to remove a defective pond cover from the 1.4-million-gallon conservation pond at the Westview Jersey’s Dairy in Bodega. Many thanks to the Sonoma County Human Services Department Employment and Training Division through the Workforce Investment Act and the Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps for making the SAY program possible!  

Green Valley Road Flooding and Repair Update

The emergency project on Green Valley Creek at Green Valley Road in north Sebastopol, designed to expand the flow capacity of the creek and reduce the frequency and duration of events where the stream floods over the road, is now underway. Want to keep track of the repairs and status of the Green Valley Road Project? Keep an eye on our project page, or request to receive email updates by contacting Sierra Cantor at

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Events Just Around the Bend:

April 23 Petaluma Bounty's 7th Annual Plant Sale

April 25 Sustainable Winegrowing Field Day

April 28 RSVP deadline for the May 11 UCCE Livestock Ranching 101: A Workshop for Beginning Ranchers

April 29 Russian River Wastewater Treatment Plan Tour

April 30 Ranch Readiness Day at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds is the only preparedness fair in the Bay Area especially for rural residents, farmers and ranchers, equine facility managers,  boarders and backyard animal owners.

May 1 Last Day to apply to the Ecological Landscaper Immersion Course at PSC

May 3 Solutions Beneath Our FeetCan Regenerative Agriculture & Healthy Soils Help Combat Climate Change?

May 4 Eat at Santa Rosa or Ukiah Chipotle Restaurants to Donate 50% your meal to our nonprofit partner, the North Coast Resource Conservation and Development Council! Just bring this flyer.

May 5 Vineyard Floor Management and Soil Health Field Day | Link to Register

May 5 Donate to Support Resource Conservation: NCRC&DC in the Human Race

Mark Your Calendars:

May 11 Sonoma County Zero Waste Symposium

June 7-9 North Coast Forest Conservation Conference: Growing Resilience in our Forests and Woodlands, at the Santa Rosa Junior College. 

June 13 UCCE Sheep and Goat Workshop 

RCDs in the News:

A Climate Solution: Local farmers sewing seeds of carbon farming, Bohemian, March 29, 2017

Fallen trees in Sonoma County creeks add to salmon habitat, Press Democrat, March 29, 2017

Baby salmon trickle back to Russian River after long absence, Press Democrat, March 15, 2017

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