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July 2017

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Health Livestock-Healthy Land: Best Practices for your Livestock Property (Sat. 8 Jul, 2017 8:30 am - 12:30 pm)

Livestock and Land Presents:

Healthy Livestock - Healthy Land

Come learn about best practices for your livestock facility that can help both the health of your livestock and your land. Topic include:

  • Tour of 101 Livestock Demonstration Projects
  • Vet Talk: Facility Management for Livestock Health
  • Combat Erosion and Mud
  • Composting
  • Pasture Management

Cost if $15/person and include a light breakfast and all workshop materials.

Registration is required.

For more infomration contact Dina Idea at the Loma Prieta RCD at 408-847-4171 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

2017 Blue Circle (Tue. 11 Jul, 2017 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm)

Please join us for the 2017 Blue Circle Gathering and Awards.


Observations from a Career in Conservation
Rich Casale, District Conservationist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, retired in January 2017 after more than 40 years of conservation work in Santa Cruz County. Rich will reflect on his work and share observations on the past, present and future of land stewardship in our community.


2017 Blue Circle Watershed Champion Awards
Blue Circle Awards are given out every other year in three categories to recognize amazing watershed efforts in the Bay Area.


Silent Auction

Blue Circle is funded with a fun silent auction and donations at each gathering so that food and drink can be provided at no charge. Please bring a silent auction item (nothing fancy) and make sure to bid on items!


What is the Blue Circle?

The Blue Circle was organized by the Santa Cruz County Resource Conservation District (RCD) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in 1996 as a way for local agencies, units of government, special interest groups, and concerned citizens to meet and exchange views on natural resource issues affecting residents living in the County’s watersheds. The RCD believed that traditional approaches to addressing complex watershed issues were not working. In some cases, the RCD found many organizations and agencies at cross purposes with one another and some that were actually duplicating efforts. The Blue Circle concept was designed to help prevent duplication, break down institutional barriers, improve communication, and essentially humanize (and make fun) the process of creating a strong working relationship between all watershed stakeholders, including local agencies and units of government. The Blue Circle recognizes that social values and perspectives are very much apart of watershed stewardship and that is why, along with interesting presentations on a variety of watershed topics, there is a social “mixer”, complete with food, beverage, and a silent auction at every Blue Circle event.

The Blue Circle is not political nor does it endorse, support, or lobby any issue in any form. There are no meeting minutes or summaries, annual or long term plans, or tasks to complete. In addition, all Blue Circle gatherings are held in interesting locations such as: art galleries and museums to help improve attendance and offer a more stimulating atmosphere for more effective interaction and communication.

The motto of the Santa Cruz County Blue Circle is “People Having Fun with Watersheds”

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

RCD Board Meeting (Wed. 12 Jul, 2017 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

An integral part of protecting our county's natural resources is understanding and participation in the processes that drive our community’s future. Why not attend an RCD Board of Directors meeting? It’s one of the great ways to meet your neighbors and to get involved!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Pinto Lake Public Meeting (Mon. 31 Jul, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Do you live or play at Pinto Lake?

Come learn about multiple efforts to reduce toxic algal blooms in Pinto Lake!


Around 1980 an increase in the amount of harmful algal blooms started to appear in  Pinto Lake, indicating that the health of the lake was declining. Research into the causes has resulted in collaborative efforts to limit the algal blooms that make the lake unsafe for human and pet contact part of the year. Come learn about these activities and what you can do to help.


Topic Includes:
-History & Science of Pinto Lake Algae Blooms
-In-Lake & Land Based Treatments
-What Can Homeowners Do To Help?


Please RSVP. Space is limited.
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 831-464-2950 x22
OR register online at www.rcdsantacruz.org


Light refreshments will be provided.


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