Presentation on theme: "Marin Coastal Permit Coordination Program North Bay Watershed Association January 18, 2011."— Presentation transcript:
Marin Coastal Permit Coordination Program North Bay Watershed Association January 18, 2011
Why do we need a program? Called for in 6 watershed plans. As many as 8 permits/ approvals to consider for restoration. Can cost thousands in hard cash and countless hours of learning the system. Can take years before permits are received while regulations and land ownership changes occur. Landowners risk fines. Creek work is avoided.
Why do we need a program? 1989RCD repairs 1,100 ft gully with rock structure at a cost of $65,000 1993Site shows signs of unraveling and is maintained by landowner 1994Wildlife flourishes at site 1999Sign of instability showing again prompting RCD to address problem 2003Funding is found to repair site but problem has grown, requiring redesign plus endangered species are found 2004Permits are secured but not in time for construction 2005 Construction completed at a cost of $130,000
U. S. Army Corps of Engineers 404 Permit Regional Water Quality Control Board 401 Certification California Department of Fish and Game Streambed Alteration Agreement U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Section 7 Consultation Marin County Community Development California Coastal Commission Coastal Zone Review NRCS / RCD Conservation Plan Program Structure
Program Development 1.Developed list of 17 commonly used rangeland practices from USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Field Office Tech Guide. 2.Held tour with regulatory agencies to showcase practices. 3.Developed practice conditions, grading and volume limits based on regulatory input. (i.e. Livestock crossings can be no greater than 15 ft wide,.125 acres, 250 cu yds) 4.Held public meeting and responded to public comment.
Animal Trail Before After Wet crossing funded by State Coastal Conservancy in 1989.
Grade Stabilization Structure Before After Loose-rock headcut repair funded by State Coastal Conservancy, State Water Resources Control Board, CA Department of Fish and Game and Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed in 2002
Grade Stabilization Structure BeforeAfter Willow wattle headcut repair funded by CA Department of Fish and Game in 2002
Grassed Waterway BeforeAfter Funded by CA Department of Fish and Game and Students and Teachers Restoring A Watershed (STRAW) in 2000
Sediment Basin BeforeAfter Funded by Marin Municipal Water District in 1994.
Structure for Water Control BeforeAfter Funded by USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service in 2002.
Lined Waterway Rock-lined step channel funded by Wildlife Conservation Board, Students and Teachers Restoring A Watershed (STRAW), and AmeriCorps in 1999 BeforeAfter
Pipeline Pipeline for alternative water source funded by State Water Resources Control Board in 2002.
Fish Stream Improvement Boulder cross log structure funded and managed by Marin Municipal Water District.
Stream Channel Stabilization 12 34 J-hook boulder vanes funded by State Coastal Conservancy, CA Department of Fish and Game and Students and Teachers Restoring A Watershed (STRAW) in 2002.
Stream Bank Protection BeforeAfter Willow wattle streambank repair funded by CA Department of Fish and Game and AmeriCorps in 2002.
Stream Bank Protection BeforeAfter Willow revetment funded by State Coastal Conservancy in 1990.
Access Road Funded by State Coastal Conservancy in 2002.
Water & Sediment Control Basin BeforeAfter Basin and grade control structures funded by State Coastal Conservancy in 1996.
Critical Area Planting BeforeAfter Stream restoration funded by State Coastal Conservancy in 1996.
How the program works NovemberLandowner applies for funding and opts for coverage. December-JanuaryProject is evaluated and ranked by RCD Advisory Group. FebruaryProject is approved by RCD Board for design and cost estimation services.
How the program works MayProject is approved by RCD Board into permit program. June-July60 day agency comment period. Agencies visit sites. Permits received! October 15 th Project is complete!
Benefits Landowners are engaged and want to implement environmentally sensitive projects (40 person waiting list). Expands funding opportunities. Higher caliber of project - Project designs are vetted and refined in concept stage with a technical team. No permit cost to landowners - Landowners avoid permit fees and agony of making beaurocratic sausage. Restoration is cost effective - Saves taxpayer $$$. Efficiency - Implementation schedule is reduced from 3 years to 1. Restoration happens - Over 130 management practices completed. 10 mi of stream, 22 grade control structures, 2,500 trees) Fish and wildlife populations are increasing.
Discoveries Cant use a template. Not all agencies think alike and folks within a single agency may not think alike. You can count on laws changing It takes time to learn the program. Scheduling is critical, accommodate for growth Prepare for publicity.
Thanks to our Partners Landowners CA Coastal Commission CA Dept of Fish and Game Marin County National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association RCD Advisory Groups San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board Sustainable Conservation US Army Corps of Engineers US Fish and Wildlife Service USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service