The CSLRCD maintains strong partnerships with local, state and federal organizations and agencies that provide funding and/or resources to conservation projects. Depending on available grant sources, the CSLRCD may be able to provide free planning and other technical assistance for eligible agricultural conservation projects on agricultural lands, including engineering design and permitting assistance. If your project is eligible, the CSLRCD can provide access to cost-share assistance through the USDA NRCS and other partner programs. For certain projects the CSLRCD may also be able to apply for other grant funds on behalf of a cooperating farmer, rancher or landowner.
Agricultural Water Quality Enhancement Program (319h)
The Morro Bay Agricultural Water Quality Enhancement Program provides technical and financial assistance to ranchers and growers in the Morro Bay watershed for irrigation and nutrient management as well as riparian fencing projects. RCD, NRCS and UC Cooperative Extension experts can provide technical assistance with irrigation scheduling and nutrient management. Funds are also available for site planning, design and project implementation for projects like irrigation efficiency upgrades, riparian fencing and off-creek water infrastructure. The Program goals are to help landowners improve their operations while reducing nutrients, pathogens and sediment loads entering local creeks and Morro Bay.
To learn more about the program and find out if you are eligible contact G.W. Bates, CSLRCD Engineer at 805-772-4391 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stormwater Rewards Rebate Program
Do you live in the Cities of San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande or Nipomo? Then listen up because there is a new rebate program to encourage implementation of water conservation and stormwater projects. The Program will support landowners in implementing Best Management Practices like rain gardens, rain barrels, planter boxes, porous pavers and other stormwater practices.
In 2015, the Coast San Luis RCD was awarded a $265,000 Stormwater Implementation grant by the State Water Resource Control Board. Approximately half of this amount goes directly to community members through stormwater rebates. This grant supports landowners in implementing Best Management Practices. Also, technical assistance and rebates are provided to landowners with a high percentage of impervious surfaces on their properties, e.g., mobile home parks, apartment complexes and urban areas. More information and applications can be found at www.stormrewards.org
Monterey Bay Conservation Program
The Monterey Bay Conservation Program offers financial and technical assistance to eligible cropland, rangeland and forestland in San Luis Obispo County through the Natural Resource Conservation Service. For more information contact the NRCS Templeton Service Center.
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) offers financial and technical assistance to eligible participants for the installation of vegetative, structural and management practices on eligible agricultural land. EQIP typically cost-shares at 50 percent of the costs of eligible conservation practices Incentive payments for management practices may be provided for up to three years to encourage producers to adopt conservation management practices they are unfamiliar with or lack resources to adopt. Limited resource producers and beginning farmers and ranchers may be eligible for cost-share up to 90 percent. EQIP sign-up information is available on-line.
Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP)
The Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) is under the umbrella of EQIP and provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to implement agricultural water enhancement activities on agricultural land for the purposes of conserving surface and ground water and improving water quality.
Wetland Reserve Program (WRP)
The Wetland Reserve Program offers landowners the opportunity to protect, restore, and enhance wetlands on their property through the establishment of long-term conservation practices and protection. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides technical and financial support to help landowners with their wetland restoration efforts. The NRCS goal is to achieve the greatest wetland functions and values, along with optimum wildlife habitat, on every acre enrolled in the program.
Other Cost-Share Assistance For Conservation Project
The CSLRCD continuously looks for other funds to help agriculturalists develop projects on their property. Look back for upcoming cost-share assistance.