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.

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].

Poster Contest!

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
  • Workplan
  • Partnerships
  • 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

KQED’s Forum

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.

Alameda County Conservation Partnership

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