Contact List for Creek-Related issues

For information related to Zone 9 Floood Control District, contact:
SLO County Flood Control District and Water Conservation District
Department of Public Works
(805) 781-5252

For a site visit to discuss creek maintenance concerns, contact:
Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District
(805) 772-4391

To discuss this website call Nicole Smith at (805)772-4391 or email:

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Resource Groups
Local Government Agencies
State Agencies
Federal Agencies
Resource Groups  
Land Conservancy of SLO County
(805) 544-9096
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 ecological restoration.
Central Coast Salmon Enhancement
Phone (805) 473-8221
Central 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)
(805) 544-1777

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 The 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
(805) 543-3654
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 interests.
Local Government Agencies  
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Start here with an email to the Watershed Coordinator.
SLO County Flood Control and Water Conservation District -
Zone 9
(805) 781-5252

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
(805) 772-4391
Resource 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
The County of San Luis Obispo manages work efforts of Zone 9 in non-incorporated areas. The County is responsible for NPDES permits for stormwater.
State Agencies  
California Dept. of Fish and Game
(916) 445-0411
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
(805) 549-3147
Section 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
(831) 427-4863
The 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.
Federal Agencies  
Army Corps of Engineers
(213) 452-3908/3333
The 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)
On 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 mitigation.
Natural Resources Conservation Service Formerly 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.

Reference: Most descriptions are from the San Luis Obispo Creek Watershed Enhancement Plan by the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County