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Welcome to Coastal San Luis RCD

The Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District (CSLRCD) offers a variety of programs to assist farmers, ranchers, landowners and other watershed users in improving and protecting soil and water resources.

The CSLRCD has a strong relationship with the Natural Resource Conservation Service helping the local community through technical assistance, funding opportunities and permit coordination. This partnership has facilitated implementation of hundreds of conservation projects in Coastal San Luis Obispo County.


Watersheds Map of the District

Nipomo Creek Pismo Beach Arroyo Grande Morro Creek Morro Bay San Luis Obispo Santa Maria Oso Flaco Lake

Current Projects


Members of the public are invited to attend an informational meeting on county-wide stormwater resource planning efforts. County Public Works staff in coordination and collaboration with local agencies and organizations will host the meetings. As a result of Senate Bill 985, public agencies are required to develop a plan that meets State Water Board guidelines as a condition of receiving grants for stormwater and dry weather runoff capture projects.

The plan identifies and prioritizes infrastructure projects on a watershed basis that provide multiple benefits such as improving water quality, increasing water supply reliability through groundwater recharge, decreasing flood risk, protecting and enhancing environmental habitat, and advancing community opportunities, education, and involvement.

Seven (7) public meetings are planned across the county in August to provide information to members of the community about the current plan development activities and to help answer any questions about the planning process, project prioritization, and how to be involved. The meeting dates, times, and locations are provided below:  

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Participants will learn about using stormwater as a resource and the types of projects that can create multiple benefits. The draft stormwater resource plan will be released for public review and comment in September 2018.

Community members are invited to attend a meeting to review and provide input on the draft plan on September 20, 2018 at 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM in the San Luis Obispo City/County Library Community Room, 995 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo, CA.

For more information on stormwater resource planning efforts, please visit: https://www.slocounty.ca.gov/PW/SWRP  


CALIFORNIA COASTAL WATERSHEDS are predicted to have wet seasons that are wetter and dry seasons that are drier.  Recent evidence on the Central Coast also indicates a shift towards shorter wet seasons and longer dry seasons, at least for the last 10 years. In the current drought, ranch operations struggled both with substantially reduced forage production and reduced drinking water availability for livestock. Finding ways to capture moisture so that it can be used for plant growth and/or water for animals (including wildlife) will be central to sustaining ranching enterprises in the Central Coast region.

Ranchers can cope with a changing climate more effectively by employing water stewardship strategies that capture, conserve and recycle water. Building healthier soils can help ranchers enhance resiliency of agricultural operations by increasing soil water holding capacity, infiltration rates, and forage production. Increasing the soil moisture and carbon content will encourage higher rates of biological activity and carbon sequestration as well as increasing the net primary production of forage that is critical to the success of cattle ranching.

A ranch in Morro Bay was chosen to demonstrate a variety of effective rangeland best management practices to cope with climate change at the ranch scale.  Practices will buffer against climate change impacts and help maintain the viability of the agricultural operation in the face of reduced water supply, increasing temperatures, and greater variability in weather events. The practices include rangeland soil building through rotational grazing, compost application, and mechanical modification using a keyline plow. Other practices include targeted animal impact grazing, sediment capture, riparian enhancement and streambank stabilization. While these measures are primarily intended to increase agricultural resilience in the face of climate change, they have the added benefits of reduced erosion, increased wetland/riparian habitat and increasing carbon sequestration on rangeland soils.  The project will also demonstrate practices that can be used on their own or together as an integrated approach to rangeland management.  These practices used in tandem are also known as carbon farming and emulate best available research from the Marin Carbon Project.