Published Reports and Studies by US-LT RCD:
- Creek Stewardship Guide for San Luis Obispo County
- Agricultural Management Handbook
- Erosion Control Handbook
- Grazing Lands Management – Nacitone
- Watershed Fisheries Report
- Upper Salinas River Watershed Action Plan
Published Reports and Studies by other RCD’s:
- Time-tested Topsoil, Ag Roads and Slopes – 11/18/13
- Erosion Control Short Course – 4/23/12
Other Helpful Links for the North County Resource Manager:
- On Farm Composting Guide
- Healthy Horse-Keeping Tips
- California Agricultural Water Use 2011
- SLO County Grading Ordinance
- Watershed Resources Directory
- Critical Area Planting (Vegetation Type Change & Topsoil Protection)
Estrella Riverbank Restoration Project
In 2013, the RCD restored over 1 acre of riverbank along the Estrella River in San Miguel. The area was experiencing major erosion and two large gullies that had formed over the years were threatening nearyby structures located at the top of the riverbank. The RCD stabilized the erosive bank with 1,500 native plants and redirected the water that had previously flowed over the bank to an existing sediment basin.
Templeton Community & Creek Day Clean-Up
In September 2013, 75 volunteers came out to participate in the annual Templeton Community & Creek Day Clean-Up hosted by the Templeton Community Services District and Upper Salinas Las Tablas Resource Conservation District. Among the 75 volunteers were groups including Eagle Canyon High School, Templeton 4-H, Twin Cities Community Hospital and the CalPoly’s WOW group. This year, the US-LT RCD was able to include an initiative to clean up in and along portions of Toad Creek. Over 1,000 pounds of trash was collected by volunteers and picked by Midstate Solid Waste & Recycling of Templeton.
In February 2013, volunteers from Justin Vineyards and Winery, Upper Salinas-Las Tablas RCD, One Cool Earth and CalPoly teamed up with students from Liberty Continuation High School to restore the creek near Liberty High. The Native Restoration Project was sponsored by Justin Vineyards and Winery and included the planting of over 70 shrubs and trees to improve the riparian habitat of the creek. The plants were grown on-site through the school’s GreenWorks class which provides job-skills training and work experience through implementation projects such as tree plantings. The project was part of a larger project to plant over 100 native trees in Templeton and Paso Robles. The Native Restoration Project was made possible through a collaboration between the Upper Salinas-Las Tablas Resource Conservation District, One Cool Earth and Justin Vineyards and Winery.
Headcut Stabilization and Habitat Enhancement, Cambria
The Fiscalini Ranch Preserve is located on California’s unique central coast, just south of the ecologically rich Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The rare coastal environment of the Ranch safeguards nine habitat communities, including sensitive habitats and an array of special-status species. However, alterations to the natural environment have caused major erosion on the Ranch. A gully running through a main section of the Ranch was eroding at a rate of 6 feet per year washing silt, debris and other pollutants into the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Partnering with Sustainable Conservation, Cambria Community Services District, Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, Natural Resource Conservation Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service, the RCD recently completed a project at the Ranch to stabilize the eroding gully. The project consisted of installation of a series of log check dams along the gully to arrest erosion and allow re-introduced native vegetation to permanently stabilize the site. The check dams are an innovative technique designed to gradually decay and provide nutrients to the soil over time, enhancing re-vegetation and stabilization of the site.
“This project has accomplished our goals and has been a great learning experience for those that manage and volunteer on the Ranch. The tools and methods used on this project will be implemented on other parts of the Preserve.” -Carlos Mendoza, Cambria Community Services District
Trail Restoration, Paso Robles