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Local Government Agencies
|Land Conservancy of SLO County
|The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County is a local, non-profit land trust for
San Luis Obispo County. The Land Conservancy’s mission is to protect and preserve
open space lands with environmental, agricultural, scenic, and cultural values. The
Conservancy’s mission is achieved through conservation easements, fee purchases, and
|Central Coast Salmon Enhancement
Phone (805) 473-8221
Coast Salmon Enhancement has watershed programs that have engaged
hundreds of people in collaboratively planning watershed restoration in
our local watersheds. By providing objective technical expertise in
these forums, they help stakeholders become informed and empowered,
which hopefully leads to balanced, nonpolitically-motivated decisions
regarding watershed health. Priority projects listed in the plans to
recover Steelhead trout are now being implemented.
|Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo (ECOSLO)
The Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo (ECOSLO) is a non-profit, community-based
environmental education and advocacy center. ECOSLO focuses on
environmental issues, including environmental policy, land use and land development,
farmworker safety, water quality, riparian restoration, and public recreation.
In cooperation with the City of San Luis Obispo, ECOSLO operates a volunteer land
stewardship program called SLO Stewards. SLO Stewards focuses on native plant
restoration and trail construction on city-owned open space and riparian lands.
|California Native Plants Society - San Luis Obispo Chapter
California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is a statewide non-profit
organization of amateurs and professionals with a common interest in
California's native plants. The CNPS, working through its local
chapters, seeks to increase understanding of California's native flora
and to preserve this rich resource for future generations. Their
website lists native plants as well as information on where to buy them.
|San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau
|The San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau is the local agricultural education and
advocacy organization and is affiliated with both state and national Farm Bureau
federations. The County Farm Bureau works to unite farmers, ranchers and those
concerned with agriculture locally to promote, protect and improve common agricultural
|Local Government Agencies
|Send Us an email:
|Start here with an email to the Watershed Coordinator.
|SLO County Flood Control and Water Conservation District -
|The County's Zone 9 Flood District funds flood control services for the watershed area of San Luis Creek and its tributaries.
|Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District
Conservation Districts (RCDs) are an established branch of state
government. The Coastal San Luis RCD has a watershed coordinator funded
by the State Department of Conservation. This coordinator assists local
watershed programs throughout the region with technical expertise and
organizational assistance. The RCD maintains relationships with private
landowners and provides opportunities for enhancement projects.
|County of SLO Public Works Dept
(805) 781 - 5252
County of San Luis Obispo manages work efforts of Zone 9 in
non-incorporated areas. The County is responsible for NPDES permits for
|California Dept. of Fish and Game
|The California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) is involved in the San Luis Obispo Creek
Watershed at several levels. The CDFG maintains a local staff biologist that assists with
project permits for work in a watershed. Through this process conditions are attached to
projects to prevent degradation of stream habitats. The CDFG also maintains staff
for sport fish restoration. The sport fish restoration team assists with local fish habitat
improvement projects by supplying technical expertise and even works directly on some
of these projects.
|Regional Water Quality Control Board
303(d) of the 1972 Clean Water Act requires that states develop lists
of impaired waters. The law requires that these jurisdictions establish
priority rankings for water on the lists, and develop action plans,
known as Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL), to improve water quality.
The Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Coast Region is
currently developing Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) studies and plans
for nutrients, pathogens, and priority organics (PCB’s). These
processes are expected to be ongoing over the next two years.
|California Coastal Commission
Coastal Commission, in partnership with coastal cities and counties,
plans and regulates the use of land and water in the coastal zone.
Development activities, which are broadly defined by the Coastal Act to
include (among others) construction of buildings, divisions of land,
and activities that change the intensity of use of land or public
access to coastal waters, generally require a coastal permit from
either the Coastal Commission or the local government.
|Army Corps of Engineers
San Luis Obispo Creek Watershed lies within the Los Angeles District of
the South Pacific Division of the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). The
Congress of the United States has assigned to the Army Corps of
Engineers the responsibility for regulation of construction and other
work in the waters of the United States. The Corps is charged with
protecting our nation's harbors and navigation channels from
destruction and encroachments, and with restoring and maintaining
environmental quality. This is accomplished by regulating activity in
three areas: discharge of dredged or fill material in coastal and
inland waters and wetlands, construction and dredging in navigable
waters of the United States, and transport of dredged material for
dumping into ocean waters.
|U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service
||The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is currently working with the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers, and other “Lead Agencies” as a consulting agency for the California
red-legged frog. The USFWS provides biological opinions related to projects occurring in
local streams and wetlands in order to assess their potential for injuries to California red-legged
frogs. If projects have a potential to impact California red-legged frogs or their habitat, the USFWS
prepares terms and conditions for project permits that are intended to protect California red-legged
frogs and their habitat. The terms and conditions for protection of frogs are also
consistent with protection of trout habitats.
|NOAA Fisheries Service/NMFS
||The National Marine Fisheries Service is currently working with the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers, and other “Lead Agencies” as a consulting agency for steelhead
trout. This agency provides biological opinions related to permitted projects
occurring in local streams in order to assess their potential impact on steelhead trout. If
projects have a potential to impact steelhead or their habitat, the National Marine
Fisheries Service prepares terms and conditions for project permits that are intended to
protect steelhead and their habitat. NMFS is also currently monitoring several mitigation
projects in the San Luis Obispo Creek Watershed.
|Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
1 (800) 621-FEMA (3362)
March 1, 2003, the Federal Emergency Management Agency became part of
the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The primary mission of the
Federal Emergency Management Agency is to reduce the loss of life and
property and protect the Nation from all hazards, including natural
disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters, by leading
and supporting the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency
management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and
|Natural Resources Conservation Service
the Soil Conservation Service, the Natural Resource Conservation
Service is a federal agency under the Department of Agriculture. The
NRCS lists as its prime responsibility the conservation of natural
resources on private land. NRCS programs throughout the country include
the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, Wildlife Habitat
Incentive Program, the Wetlands Reserve Program, the Grazing Lands
Conservation Program, the Soil and Watershed Surveys, and the Flood
Risk Reduction Program.