In an effort to increase our services and diversify our funding opportunities, we have formed a 501 (c) 3 non-profit. The Cuesta Ridge Conservation Society’s (CRCS) mission is to work to improve natural resource conservation. CRCS serves as a sister organization to the US-LT RCD, and has three founding members on the Board of Directors. We are pleased that Bruce Bonifas, Courtney Taylor and Christina Wilkinson have agreed to volunteer their time as Board Members. If you are interested in serving as a Director, please contact Devin Best by calling (805)434-0396 ext. 116. We would love to have your input as this organization grows to serve our community.
The Upper Salinas-Las Tablas Resource Conservation District (US-LT RCD), employing the methods of collecting data established by Cal Poly’s Irrigation Training and Research Center, performs irrigation system evaluations with financial support from San Luis Obispo County. Evaluations are conducted to determine “distribution uniformity”, a ratio that demonstrates how evenly water is applied throughout a system. Data is collected in the field and summarized in a confidential report that recommends practices to improve water use efficiency.
This year the US-LT RCD has focused our irrigation evaluations on vineyards overlying the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin. The Paso Robles Groundwater Basin is a large aquifer encompassing approximately 505,000 acres in San Luis Obispo County. Several small communities, rural residences, vineyards, and other irrigated agriculture depend on the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin. Providing landowners with information on how efficiently their irrigation system is operating can help conserve water pumped from the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin.