WHO WE ARE
The Marin Resource Conservation District offers a variety of programs to facilitate implementation of environmental projects in Marin County. Our projects are based on community planning documents such as the Tomales Bay Watershed Enhancement Plan and the Marin County Climate Action Plan.
The Marin Resource Conservation District was established on May 20, 1959. Approximately 250,000 acres are included in the district, which in general covers the watersheds of Stemple, Walker and Lagunitas creeks. Since 1983, the Marin RCD has administered over $25 million dollars in government and private foundation grants that provide watershed-wide ecosystem benefits such as increasing biodiversity, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, sequestering carbon and creating wildlife habitat. In 2014, Marin RCD’s services expanded into east Marin to assist streamside residents with watershed stewardship and restoration.
The Marin RCD continues to bring together state, federal and local agencies with private landowners to bring environmental benefits to working landscapes.
See our update here.
OUR THOUGHTS ON MEASURE A- PARKS, OPEN SPACE, FARMLAND:
See our 12/08/21 letter to the Marin County Board of Supervisors.
RESULTS ON MEASURE A:
- Improved 6 miles of endangered salmonid habitat by eliminating summertime farm water diversions
- Improved streams by installing 9.8 miles of riparian fence
- Installed alternative livestock water sources to reduce pathogens in Tomales Bay: 10 solar pumping plants, 9 tanks and 11 troughs equipped with wildlife escape ramps
- Installed 2,978 native plants to increase wildlife habitat and biodiversity
- Improved 111,300 gallons of water at dairy facilities
- Sequestered 37 MT CO2e/year with compost application on 23 acres
PLANNED FOR 2022:
- Measure A matching funds will secure a $1M grant from the State Coastal Conservancy to complete 6 riparian projects and design 6 additional projects on ranches.
- Complete a dairy water quality improvement project, matched with GHG reduction funds, to save 3,600,000 gallons of water per year and 4,200 gallons in diesel fuel resulting in a GHG reduction of 3,171 MT CO2e over five years.