Resource Professionals

Resources for Resource Professionals

Fire Prevention in Santa Cruz County

Local Fire Protection Districts
Local Fire Safe Councils
Local Public Resource Agencies
Wildfire Prepares and Information Resources Links

Integrated Regional Water Management Plan

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Local Watershed Plans

"The watershed is defined as a unit of natural or disturbed land on which all the water that falls (or emanates from springs) collects by gravity and fails to evaporate and runs off via a common outlet. The watershed is the basic unit of water supply." - Peter E. Black, Watershed Hydrology, Second Edition, 1996.

There have been seven Watershed Assessment and Enhancement Plans developed for Santa Cruz County, they include:

Lower Pajaro
Aptos Creek
Soquel Creek
Arana Gulch
San Lorenzo River and Scotts Creek

Please note the size of the Adobe Acrobat ".pdf" file you are downloading.

Aptos Creek Watershed Assessment and Enhancement Plan
Soquel Creek Watershed Enhancement Plan

Note: Appendixes D and G of the Soquel Creek Watershed Enhancement Plan (Geomorphology / Hydrology Assessment and Erosion Prevention Plan, respectively) are currently down. We are in the process of restoring these two appendices.

Santa Cruz County Maps

Soil Surveys

Soil surveys provide the basic information needed to manage soil sustainability. They also provide information needed to protect water quality, wetlands, and wildlife habitat. Soil surveys are the basis for predicting the behavior of a soil under alternative uses, its potential erosion hazard, potential for ground water contamination, suitability and productivity for cultivated crops, trees, and grasses. Soil surveys are important to planners, engineers, zoning commissions, tax commissioners, homeowners, developers, as well as agricultural producers.

NRCS Soil Survey Report of Santa Cruz County, CA

USDA-NRCS Soil Survey Index

Create your own soil map on the web!

Web Links


National California Bay Area


Federal Agencies
State Agencies
Local Agencies



Bay Area

Watsonville Sloughs Hydrology Study

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Resource Conservation District
of Santa Cruz County

820 Bay Avenue, Suite 136
Capitola, California 95010

Phone: (831) 464-2950
Fax: (831) 475-3215

RCD Board meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm.