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eNewsletter | July 2022

In This Month's Edition

  • RCD Updates: Salmon Creek School Water Conservation and Rainwater Catchment, Board Vacancy
  • Resources: Water Needs Assessment and Agricultural Loss Survey for 2021-2022 Raining Season/Crop Year
  • Workshops: The International Monarch Monitoring Blitz, Bring Back the Pollinators: Managing Pests While Protecting Pollinators, Drip Irrigation Basics Webinar, Pepperwood Summer Fest
  • Other News: CAFF funding, Climate Corps Fellow

What's New at Gold Ridge?

Salmon Creek School Water Conservation and Rainwater Catchment 

Construction is well underway on the Salmon Creek School Streamflow Enhancement Project.

The project will result in a substantial reduction in the amount of water drawn from Salmon Creek School’s main water source, a shallow alluvial well located adjacent to the creek.

The project includes measures to conserve water used to irrigate the school’s athletic field, and its centerpiece is a rainwater catchment system that includes a 517,000-gallon concrete cistern for water storage. Rainwater will be collected from the roofs of several buildings on the campus, and stored rainwater will be used for dry season irrigation. The cistern will be partially underground, and its roof will double as a stage for school events. The project will allow the school to reduce the amount of water extracted from the well by up to 1.5 million gallons per year.

Gold Ridge RCD has aBoard Vacancy

The Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District is seeking interested parties to fill a vacancy for Director. If selected for Director, the term of office is through December 2024. Appointees may seek re-appointment when the term expires. This is a volunteer organization, and Directors are not financially compensated for service.

Please email if you have any questions/would like an application. 

You can also deliver applications to

Gold Ridge RCD, 2776 Sullivan Rd, Sebastopol, CA 95472

(please call for directions if hand-delivering your application)

Click Here for More Information!


Water Needs Assessment and Agricultural Loss Survey for 2021-2022 Raining Season/Crop Year

The results of the 2021-2022 Sonoma County Agricultural Drought Survey may lead to additional assistance being made available to agricultural produces in Sonoma County. Please submit your completed survey by September 1, 2022

Click Here for the Survey



The International Monarch Monitoring Blitz

July 26, 1pm


Register Here

This webinar presents the origins, present moment, and future plans of this trinational effort. Webinars are first come, first served, with a capacity of 500 attendees.

Bring Back the Pollinators: Managing Pests While Protecting Pollinators

July 21, 10am


Register Here

Join Aaron Anderson, Xerces Pesticide Program Specialist, to touch on a few key pesticide concerns, and talk about alternative methods to reduce pest pressure.

Drip Irrigation Basics Webinar

July 12, 5:30pm-7pm


Register Here

Drip irrigation is a great opportunity to keep your landscape hydrated and healthy while also conserving water when properly installed. Find out how you can save water with drip irrigation! Drip irrigation saves water and fosters healthy plants by applying water directly to the plant root zone.


Pepperwood Summer Fest

July 16, 11am-3pm

In Person

Register Here

Join us in celebrating summer, community, and nature at our first ever SummerFest open-house event on July 16th! We are thrilled to invite you to Pepperwood for a fun-filled day of guided hikes, nature-based activities for kids, and live music by SoloRio. 

Other News

CAFF Funding

Has your farm been impacted by drought or wildfire?

Financial aid is now available as CAFF relaunches its California Family Farmer Emergency Fund, offering grants to those impacted by the past few wildfire seasons or to those currently facing hardship as result of this year's drought, especially small farms and those of limited means and from under-represented communities.

Click Here for More Information + Applications

Climate Corps Fellow 

The Climate & Agriculture Resilience Fellow will serve communities and individuals in the Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District (RCD) district to adapt to and steward resources in the face of increased wildfire risk, water scarcity, floods, species decline and soil degradation. 

Click Here to Learn More

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