625 Miramontes Street
Suite 103, Half Moon Bay
California 94019
phone (650) 712-7765
fax (650) 726-0494

San Mateo County Resource Conservation District
Your Local Partner in Conservation and Agriculture

The RCD is a non-regulatory special district to help people protect, conserve, and restore natural resources through information, education, and technical assistance programs.  With your tax-deductible support we can continue to maintain the beauty of the coastside through the development of land stewardship ethics that result in long term sustainability of our rich and diverse natural resource heritage.

There is a public meeting of the Board of Directors on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm, unless otherwise posted.  The agenda and materials are available at least 72 hours in advance.

What's new at the RCD?

Volunteers needed for First Flush!

As winter approaches, it is time again for First Flush! The First Flush event, hosted by the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS), monitors water quality at various locations within the MBNMS boundaries. The RCD is the local coordinator for the event and is seeking volunteers to collect samples at various outfalls from Montara to Half Moon Bay. Volunteers are essentially "on call" for the first big rain of the season in which the most concentrated runoff of pollutants enters the storm drains, and flows out into the ocean. Volunteers test a variety of parameters including metals, bacteria, and nutrients.

No experience is necessary! A volunteer training will be provided in early September. If you would like to volunteer or get more information about the event, please contact Stacia Meyer at the San Mateo County RCD with your name, email address and phone number.

Thank you for your interest in this important water monitoring program!

View our flyer here!

"When You Have Water It's Gold"
Local farmer Dave Repetto is changing the way he irrigates to ensure that his crops survive the drought and the creek stays healthy for fish!  Check out his interview about the work Dave is doing with the RCD and our partners at the NRCS, Trout Unlimited California, and American Rivers.

November 17, 2014: Public meeting to learn the final results of the analysis to solve frequent flooding on Pescadero Road and to discuss next steps.  Visit the project page for meeting information.

November 4, 2014:
$3.872 million awarded for drought relief for farms, fish, and people!  Visit the South Coast Drought Relief project page for more information.

October 2014:
Final report of Solutions to Butano Creek Flooding on Pescadero Creek Road.  Visit the
project page to download.

June 2014: The RCD held a public meeting showing preliminary results of solutions to Butano creek flooding at Pescadero Road.  Visit the project page to view the presentation.

January 2014: The RCD completed the Pillar Point Harbor Source Identification Project.  Visit the project page to view the final report.


September 2013: Improved access to 40 miles of habitat for steelhead trout by removing a concrete barrier across San Francisquito Creek.

March 2013: Steelhead pre-spawning behavior in Pescadero Creek during a study of outmigrant fish being conducted by the RCD, CEMAR, Alnus Ecological, federal and state resource agencies, and local volunteers.

In the news...

8/10/2015: RCD and POST receive nearly $1 million for floodplain restoration

9/11/2013:  San Mateo RCD helps threatened steelhead access 40 milesof habitat

9/5/2013:  Restoration effort benefits steelhead trout in San Francisquito Creek

8/9/2013: Creek project will help endangered fish run free

6/6/13: Study pinpoints harbor's pollution problem

3/22/2013 [video]: Restoration work on the San Francisquito Creek spearheaded by local conservation group

6/19/2012: Innovative biochar trials at Cabrillo Farms

10/20/2011: RCD offers workshops to livestock owners

6/29/2011: Conservation district reaps unprecedented funding

6/17/2011: San Mateo County RCD awarded $1.3 million for partnerships in resource protection

3/16/2010: Geotourism comes to the Coastside

11/25/2008: RCD president awarded for service

10/1/2008: Community volunteers aid circulation study at Pillar Point

9/5/2008: Officials trying to solve mystery of harbor bacteria

9/2/2008: NOAA awards Monterey Bay area environmental education grants

6/25/2008: Officials study harbor water quality
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