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Current Conservation Opportunities

Below is an up-to-date list of programs and opportunities we are currently recruiting members of our district to engage in. These include financial, technical and educational offerings.


Fire-Wise Communities: Be fire wise! Speak with us about supporting your community in developing a Community Wildfire Prevention Plan. We are especially interested in helping larger-acreage communities in forested areas. Contact

Residential Water Conservation in the upper Green Valley Creek and Dutch Bill Creek watersheds: Be water wise! Speak with us about designing an alternative water storage or rainwater capture system at your home. Funds are available through our Water Reliability Program for residential landowners whose current water source impacts the amount of water in the creek, such as in-stream riparian pumps or shallow near-channel wells. Learn more and view maps of the service area. Contact for more information.

Agricultural Water Conservation in the Salmon Creek, Estero Americano, Dutch Bill Creek, and Green Valley Creek watersheds: Be water wise! Speak with us about designing a water storage or rainwater capture system on your agricultural operation. Funds are available for water conservation and water security project design for agricultural landowners, particularly those currently using in-stream pumps or shallow, near-channel wells. Contact for more information.

Irrigation Efficiency Evaluations: Be water wise! Funds are available for irrigation efficiency evaluations for agricultural operations in the Dutch Bill Creek and Green Valley Creek watersheds. Learn more here. Contact for more information.

Improve Soil Health on your Ranch: Grow healthy soils! We are looking to engage ranchers in rangeland soil health educational activities. We will be hosting a series of events on the topic and developing useful in-field tools for evaluating and understanding rangeland soil health. If you would like to receive notifications on upcoming events and resources, please email

Improve Soil Health on your Vineyard: Grow healthy soils! Plug in to the offerings available through the North Coast Soil Health Hub. Learn more here.

Rent the No-Till Drill: Grow healthy soils! The RCD owns a Great Plains 606NTD rangeland seed drill which is available for rent at low cost. The drill is available for $150/day for residents within the district boundaries and $200/day for residents outside of the district. No-till is a conservation practice that improves soil health because it minimizes soil disturbance, keeps the soil covered and keeps a living root in the ground year-round. Contact for more information.

On-Site Waste Water System (AKA Septic System) Support: Be septic smart! As a non-regulatory, informational resource, the Lower Russian River Ombudsman can help residents of the Monte Rio area with questions about regulations, provide residents with confidential information about their septic system and help identify grants and financial assistance opportunities. Contact for more information.


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