In July 2013, the Upper Salinas Las Tablas Resource Conservation District (US-LT RCD) submitted a slate of projects and programs to San Luis Obispo County to be considered for future funding through the Integrated Regional Water Management Grant Program.
The purpose of this program is to seek out county-wide projects that will help maintain or improve water supply quantity and quality for potable water, fire protection, ecosystem health, and agricultural production needs. The US-LT RCD solicited to both individuals and groups within the area to identify potential projects to address existing barriers and other issues relating to the grant’s scope. Through this collaborative effort to identify projects, the organization was able to successfully submit the project abstracts to the county earlier this summer for review.
The first phase of the process provided the county a project abstract including the general overall scope and purpose of each project and how they were able to address the overall purpose of the grant program. The county scored each project on a point system and released the information to all submitting agencies on which projects were eligible to move onto the next phase. Of the projects that were submitted, the following project areas were eligible for phase two:
- Watershed Management Plans
- Community-Based Social Marketing
- County-wide Creek & Watershed Signage
- Interpretive Nature Center
- Educational & Pilot Project Programs
- Irrigation Research Projects
- Flood Control & Retention Ponds
- Fertilizer & Ag Precision Programs
The US-LT RCD and collaborative partners were able fulfill and address limitations, vulnerabilities, conjunctive use and water use efficiency identified in the next phase of this process and recently submitted them to the county. Although these projects move onto the next phase, the county will again score each of the project objectives and decide whether or not projects will be considered for grant funding in the future.
For more information on these programs, please feel free to call the US-LT RCD office at 805-434-0396 x 5.