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Tuesday, 05 October 2021

Grant funds available to Santa Cruz County property owners for erosion and drainage improvements

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The Resource Conservation District (RCD) is now accepting applications from residents in the Santa Cruz Mountains in need of technical and/or financial assistance to address erosion and drainage issues on private properties and roads. With a focus on reducing sediment runoff to local waterways the RCD is providing one-on-one support to road associations, County Service Areas (CSA), and individual homeowners to identify erosion and drainage problems, recommend solutions, develop plans, secure permits if needed, and provide cost-share for the construction of improvements.

The types of private road projects that can receive funding are installing or upgrading culverts, improving road drainage, and applying rock to unpaved roads or culvert outlets to minimize erosion. Upgrades around homes might include landscaping with drainage swales, infiltrating runoff onsite, connecting large rain catchment systems to existing roof drains, or streambank and hillside protection measures. There is over $775,000 available in direct assistance for landowners to help cover that costs of designing, permitting, and constructing projects.

A one hour online informational meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 19 at 6:00 PM. Topics will include who is qualified, how to apply, how projects are chosen, funding obligations and maintenance commitments for grant recipients. Click here to register or for more information about the event.

Applications for road projects for the 2022 construction season are due by December 1, 2021. Other drainage projects requests are accepted year-round. All submissions will receive a confidential site visit to discuss project options and determine eligibility. To request an application, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at call 831.464.2950 x22.

The RCD will also be offering educational opportunities both online and in person through workshops, technical trainings, and tours with a focus on providing landowners with the tools and knowledge to successfully care for their rural roads, properties, and the natural environment. Check our web site for upcoming event or sign up to be notified when new events are added.

The RCD has received grant funding for these services through the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the State Water Resources Control Board under the Federal Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program (Clean Water Act Section 319) and the California Department of Water Resources through an agreement with the Regional Water Management Foundation.

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