Alameda County Resource Conservation District (ACRCD) Mission
The mission of the Alameda County Resource Conservation District (ACRCD) is to provide leadership in the county and region to enhance natural resources conservation, preserve wildlife and habitat, and improve rangeland and agricultural management through partnerships, education, outreach, resource services and technical assistance to clients, and funding support.
Join Us! ACRCD will be hosting two field days this month:
Thursday 3/23 (8-11 am) and Saturday 3/25 (9-12 noon), to showcase the results of our CDFA Healthy Soils Demo Project started in 2019 – the effects of compost on steep sloped rangeland.
Come out and hear about our results, learn monitoring techniques, and discuss implications for compost on rangeland in Alameda County. ACRCD staff, rancher Joe Paulo, and our NRCS and StopWaste project partners will be there to talk compost, range, and carbon storage. Coffee and snacks will be provided!
Register for the events using the links below:
Saturday, March 18th, 2023 9am – 12pm
Join the Clean Water Program volunteers for a cleanup at the Sunol Agriculture Park. Trash has been left behind by recent storms and travels quickly with the rain. Come help keep it out of our local creeks and the Bay!
Students, community members, & youth groups welcome!
Questions? Contact [email protected].
WEBINAR – March 13th, 2 PM
If you were unable to attend the briefing live due to high demand, the recording is available in English and Spanish on YouTube. The full presentation deck can be found here.
Especially while California grapples with extreme weather conditions, it is crucial to equip our communities for the potential effects of the upcoming storms. As trusted community messengers, we have a chance to assist our communities in staying well-informed throughout the disaster’s entire lifecycle, including preparing for it ahead of time, responding to it in real time, and recovering from it.
Additional resources are available now for you to use with your community:
Listos California Quick Guide to Safety Before, During and After Floods
Indigenous Language Outreach Recordings (includes videos covering flood safety as well as evacuations and evacuation warnings)
Follow @CalOES and @ListosCalifornia on social media to share or amplify any additional content, such as weather updates from the National Weather Service, highlight key response efforts, and amplify other preparedness tips.
California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services:
As the next round of Spring storms approaches our state tomorrow, Cal OES along with the Health and Human Services Agency and Department of Social Services will be hosting a briefing for community-based organizations tomorrow Monday, March 13 at 2 p.m. to provide the latest information on the storm and tools we have available for partners.
In order to maximize reach of this event, we are hoping any of you who work closely with local community partners can forward this information to those who may benefit.
Briefing Registration Details:
Date: Monday, March 13, 2023
Time: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Pacific Time
Registration Link: Webinar Registration – Zoom
Interpretation: Spanish and American Sign Language interpretation will be available during the briefing.
Thank you in advance for your assistance and please feel free to reach out if you have questions. Together, we can help our communities be better prepared for this challenging event.
Funding deadline approaching for Conservation Stewardship Program!
DAVIS, Calif – Beginning today, California’s agricultural-land stewards are set to benefit this year from the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), signed into law in August 2022, and the historic investments it will make towards expanding on-farm conservation. This year, more than $20 million will be invested towards climate-smart agriculture practices and forest resiliency in California – and hundreds of millions of dollars more will arrive over the next five years. The deadline to apply for this NRCS California IRA funding is March 17, 2023. Please visit your local NRCS service center to apply, which can be located by clicking here.
CA A.B. 1232 Resilient Farms and Ranches Grant Program Funding
California lawmakers have introduced a bill that would provide funding to launch the Resilient Farms and Ranches Grant Program—a critical initiative that will help California’s farmers and ranchers achieve meaningful animal-welfare certification and improve the lives of animals in their care. This is hopeful news for farms, animals, people and the planet!
This bill needs YOUR help to advance. Please use our online form to send an email to your state lawmakers, urging them to pass this bill and support the Resilient Farms and Ranches Program!
Guidance on applying for FEMA disaster assistance for storm damages
Alameda County was added this week to the major disaster declaration for California’s severe storms and flooding, meaning residents who had damage or losses from the storms that began Dec. 27, 2022, may now apply for FEMA disaster assistance. The declaration allows FEMA to provide direct support to individuals and households in Alameda County and 12 other California counties.
The deadline for homeowners or renters to apply is March 16, 2023. Disaster assistance may include grants to help pay for temporary housing and essential home repairs as well as other serious disaster-related needs such as medical and dental expenses, transportation, childcare, and moving and storage expenses.
More information can be located under our Flood Resources page.
Explore your local Alameda County Watershed with this FREE interactive map tool!
Learn more about the local wildlife, hydrology, geology and recreation options in the watersheds.
There are two primary tools – 1) an interactive website and 2) Google Earth Pro KMZ files that you can download for free here: https://acrcd.org/projects/alameda-county-watershed-map/
1) Explore Watersheds Website
The website has an online map with clickable watersheds and an overview with a printable map for each watershed in Alameda County. “Learn More” pages for each watershed include watershed features, creeks and waterbodies, flora and fauna, geology and hydrology, recreation opportunities, restoration efforts, and ways to get involved in protecting our watersheds.
2) KMZ files for Google Earth Pro
In addition to the interactive, online map, teachers and students can easily download Alameda County Watershed Map KMZ files to their personal Google Earth Pro from the Explore Watersheds website. These layered maps let you compare the historical and present-day watersheds, zoom in on creeks and follow them to the Bay, and learn more about restoration projects, points of interest and places to visit.
If you have any questions, please email [email protected].
Calling all 3rd & 4th graders in Unincorporated Alameda County to enter the 2023 Alameda County Unincorporated Area’s Clean Water Program POSTER CONTEST! Click HERE for more information and contest rules.
Deadline for submission is April 3, 2023
Become a Board Member for the Alameda County Resource Conservation District
Do you have a passion for natural resources, agriculture, conservation, education, land use, or biology? If you answered yes, you’re encouraged to consider applying to join the Alameda County Resource Conservation District’s Board of Directors! There are two opportunities to fill vacancies on the Board of Directors in late 2022. This is your opportunity to help set policy and program direction for the District by participating in monthly (4th Mondays 6:00 to 8:00-9:00
pm) meetings and sub-committees of the board. More information can be found here.
Request an agenda or an application to join the ACRCD Board of Directors by contacting Marilyn Harvey, CFO at [email protected] or (925) 453-3863. Please submit your application form by November 1, 2022 for consideration.
Farmer & Rancher Grant Writing Workshop
USDA Office of Partnerships & Public Engagement (OPPE) with the Fresno State University Jordan College of Agriculture and Division of Research and Graduate Studies presents this two-hour workshop that is targeted towards farmers and ranchers, including veteran and beginning farmers/ranchers, and will cover
information ranging from but not limited to the following:
- How to register on grants.gov
- Proposal development process
- Submission requirements
- Grant Writing Tips
Please contact [email protected] for more information!
Managing California Grassland for California Tiger Salamander and California Red-legged Frog: Considerations When Applying Compost
Applying compost on rangelands has many potential benefits for soils and beyond—but what about putting compost in upland habitat where sensitive amphibians reside? Read the Alameda County Conservation Partnership’s new factsheet: Managing California Grassland for California Tiger Salamander and California Red-legged Frog: Considerations When Applying Compost.
Join the Clean Water Volunteers & H.A.R.D on October 8th, 2022
We are excited for you to join the Clean Water Volunteers and the Hayward Area Recreation & Park District’s Volunteers in Parks (V.I.P.) Program!
Come out to Meek Estate Park on Saturday, October 8th from 9:00am to 12:00pm for a litter removal and park beautification day.
Click here for the flyer and to learn more. Please register on the H.A.R.D. V.I.P website by following this link.
Volunteer for Coastal Cleanup on September 17th, 2022
We are excited for you to join the Clean Water Volunteers for the 38th annual Coastal Cleanup Day at the Castro Valley Creek Trail! This effort is part of the statewide Coastal Cleanup Day and is made possible by the Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation Districts in coordination with Friends of San Lorenzo Creek.
Volunteers will participate in a litter pickup along the creek trail and beautify the trail starting from the Castro Valley Library to Castro Valley Creek Blvd.
To learn more and register visit: https://2022castrovalleycoastalcleanup.eventbrite.com.
Welcome Living Arroyos
We’re excited to announce that the Living Arroyos program has joined the Alameda County Resource Conservation District. Living Arroyos is a multi-agency partnership to enhance and maintain the urban streams and streamside habitats of the Livermore-Amador valley, while continuing to protect drinking water supplies and prevent flooding. The program relies on the support and participation of the community to create beautiful, safe, natural areas that serve the needs of people and other living things. Please join us at one of our community workdays as we rebuild our urban streams from the ground up!
2022 Alameda County Fair
The Alameda County Fair runs June 17th to July 10th. Join us in Building Q to find resources on wildlife conservation, healthy soils, agriculture, and more!
Looking for some inspiration this Earth Day?
Check out The Soil Awakens, a brand new video on the amazing soil life all around us.
This video, and the products to follow, were produced under a UC Davis/USDA-NRCS collaborative project and are part of a national campaign to raise awareness about the value and importance of soil. Over the next few weeks they will be launching a short animated video series and an interactive website, including a graphics-based intro to soil science, a media hub of vetted soils-related content, and clear, actionable items for people to ‘get involved’ with protecting and promoting soils in their everyday lives.
Videos will be shared as they are released. If you are on social media, you can find and connect on Instagram @soil.life – Facebook @TheSoilLife – and Twitter @The_Soil_Life.
FY19 & FY20 Annual Report
Our latest annual report for FY2019 and FY2020 is now available! Read about our project highlights, upcoming projects, services, and more by clicking below.
Click here to download
Get a regional perspective on the troubles and mysteries of the Western monarch butterfly population from KQED’s Forum. Hear directly from local experts on the pressing issues of long-term data collection on pollinator declines, prospects of the Western monarch population, and considerations related to pesticide use, captive rearing, disease, climate change, and milkweed planting. Listen in for more information on what can be done to help the Western monarch butterfly population.
Click here to listen
Alameda County Conservation Partnership
The Alameda County Resource Conservation District (ACRCD) and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) collaborate as the Conservation Partnership to serve as the lead conservation agency in Alameda County. We provide technical and educational services for natural resource conservation and agriculture enhancement. The Partnership collaborates with many partners including private landowners, local, state and federal agencies and other organizations to develop and implement various conservation and agricultural strategies. The ACRCD also works closely, on a fee for service basis, with public agencies and private sector companies, to help achieve conservation based goals.
Latest ACRCD News
A New California Law Will Create a Lot More Compost – but Will it Make it to Farmland?
Read the full article (Civil Eats, March 2, 2022)
Castro Valley Creek & Trail Clean Up
Join with Clean Water Volunteers for a cleanup of the Castro Valley Creek Trail from Castro Valley Blvd. to the Castro Valley Library. Help Beautify Your Local Creek! When: Saturday September 18th 2021 9:00-12:00 pm [...]
Carlos Bee Park Clean Up & Beautification
Join the Clean Water Volunteers and Hayward Area Recreation & Park District (H.A.R.D.) Volunteers In Parks (V.I.P.) for a litter removal and park beautification day and water testing demonstration! When: Saturday, September 11, 2021 9:45am [...]