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.

2018  Marin Permit Coordination Program Document:

Marin Permit Coordination Program’s Notice of Determination, Mitigated Negative Declaration, Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program, Initial Study/Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration 2018

2010 Marin Coastal Watersheds Permit Coordination Program Documents:

Marin Coastal Watershed Permit Coordination Program 2010

Notice of Determination (filed 2010)

Mitigated Negative Declaration (filed 2010)

Marin Coastal Watersheds Permit Coordination Program Proposed 2021 Projects- PUBLIC NOTICE

Public Comment Period: October 21, 2021 – November 19, 2021

Marin Resource Conservation District (MRCD) invites public comment on 9 adopted into the Marin Permit Coordination Program (PCP), an Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration.  The PCP provides streamlined CEQA compliance for use of 44 conservation practices up to a certain scope in certain watersheds within Marin County by MRCD and their partners for a 10-year period.  One project is a ranch road project to improve livestock management and emergency access across the ranch and the other projects are 8 Carbon Farm planting projects to enhance habitat and sequester atmospheric carbon on farms with Carbon Farm Plans.

Specific details and CEQA documentation are available for public review at the MRCD office (80 Fourth St. Suite 203 Point Reyes Station).  Comments must be submitted to Elise Suronen, Conservation Program Manager, P.O. Box 1146, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956 or to on or before 5pm on November 19, 2021.

The Marin RCD Board of Directors will consider public comments during their Wednesday, November 10, 2021 meeting and if any comments are submitted after November 10, 2021 then those comments will be considered at a regularly scheduled RCD Board meeting on December 8, 2021.  If no comments are received by 5pm on November 19, 2021 then public comment period will automatically close. Your attendance and participation are welcome.  Marin RCD Board meetings start at 9:00 am on Zoom, due to the COVID-19 health emergency.

The Zoom room # is 811 7214 9361 with Passcode: 646428.  You can join by phone (dial: +16699009128,,81172149361#,,,,*646428#)

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Marin Coastal Watersheds Permit Coordination Program Annual Reports:

Marin Coastal Watersheds Resouce Conservation Program 2016 Annual Report

Marin Coastal Watersheds Permit Coordination Program 2015 Annual Report

Other PCP Related documents