The Marin RCD created an easier and faster way for landowners and ranchers to apply for permits for restoration projects. The Marin Permit Coordination Program (PCP) is designed to help ranchers plan, permit, fund, and implement practices that will minimize impacts to wildlife and water quality. Marin RCD has operated the program for the past 13-years with considerable success; it has incentivized restoration projects throughout west Marin. On June 13, 2018, the Marin RCD Board of Directors adopted the third iteration of the Marin Permit Coordination Program on June 13, 2018.
The 2018 Marin Permit Coordination Program update has a life span of 10 years and a larger boundary than the previous programs. The new program includes some eastern Marin watersheds (including Novato Creek San Antonio Creek and Miller Creek). The updated program provides streamlined environmental review for 44 conservation practices that meet certain criteria including size limitations. On annual basis, the RCD submits projects into the program for CEQA review, and then applies and pays for permits to assist landowners wanting to construct conservation projects. The projects range from stabilizing streambanks to installation of livestock crossings.
The renewal and expansion of the program was made possible by the following organizations that recognized of the benefits of this program and the desire to continue and expand its impact: Marin Carbon Project, Marin Agricultural Land Trust, California Water Quality Control Board, Marin County, North Bay Watershed Association and an anonymous donor.