Mission and Background

Mission

Our principal mission is to improve resource management while supporting sustainable agriculture and our urban communities. Our purpose is to provide technical assistance, education and funding sources to empower landowners to be committed stewards working to improve water quality, prevent soil erosion and improve natural habitat.

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Background on the SSCRCD

Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs) are the states' only grassroots conservation delivery system that identifies local conservation problems and guides solutions on a voluntary basis. There are 103 Districts throughout California - each covering a different geographic territory. Our District covers Sonoma Creek Watershed from Kenwood to the Bay, Petaluma River Watershed and the upper half of Stemple Creek Watershed in Sonoma County.

As a Special District, our annual operating funds come from a small portion of Sonoma County property taxes assessed within our District boundaries. With that money (approximately $59,000 annually) and competitively sought grant dollars, we operate an office and employ a District Manager, Watershed Coordinators, an Engineering Technician, and an Administrative Secretary. Our activities are driven by the volunteerism of five appointed directors, who are local landowners. They establish District priorities, set policies and guidelines, and oversee general operations.

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The goal of our District is to advise, inform, and educate our community. We provide free technical assistance and field advice to property owners who need it. Much of our time is invested in looking for funding that will help our community address local conservation needs.We are committed to efforts to develop a land stewardship ethic that promotes sustainability throughout the County.

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We enjoy a special partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Through a cooperative agreement, the NRCS works directly with local RCDs, providing technical and administrative assistance, empowering landowners with best management practices on their lands, and providing financial support of locally led conservation.

The District is housed within the NRCS Petaluma Field Office and Area Office as well as next door to the USDA Farm Service Agency. The Petaluma Field Office staff serves the Marin and Sonoma County region and in addition to our District, they also partner with the Gold Ridge, Sotoyome, and Marin RCDs. The NRCS provides office space directly to our District as well as phone service, vehicle use, and access to an extensive technical library and respository of maps and aerial photography.

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The SSCRCD would not be in the position it is today without the generous support of the USDA NRCS in terms of provision of rent, utilities, office equipment, phones and the technical advice and cooperation on mutual projects. The District considers our success and ability to serve our constituents greatly influenced by the direct contributions and support by NRCS. We appreciate and applaud our NRCS conservation partners.

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