Q. Can the RCD do site visits to provide advice on natural resource problems (e.g. streambank erosion)?
A. Yes, if a landowner calls or emails asking for advice, we will ask some questions to determine how we can best help. We may be able to help by providing advice over the phone or written resources, or we may determine that a site visit is the best way to provide advice.
Q. Are landowners charged for the RCD’s services?
A. It depends on the service. We are able to provide advice (as described above) free of charge thanks to financial support from the County of Sonoma. For services that go beyond advice or a one-time site visit, we generally charge 15% of the cost of the service, and cover the rest through grant funding. If no grant funding is available, the RCD can provide services to landowners on a fee-for-service basis.
Q. Do you report violations observed on private property?
A. No. Maintaining confidentiality with landowners is a top priority for the RCD. We are a non-regulatory agency, and we work hard to protect the privacy of our constituents. We are happy to assist landowners with any conservation needs (including issues that may constitute a violation) on a voluntary basis.
Q. Does the RCD provide help with conservation project funding?
A. Yes! While we are not a grant funder, we have lots of experience applying for grants to implement conservation projects, and can also help connect landowners with information about cost share programs where landowners can apply directly to the funder.
Q. Can you provide engineering assistance?
A. Yes, depending on the project. We have two Professional Engineers on staff, who can provide assistance through grants or on a fee-for-service basis. If your project is outside the expertise of our in-house engineer, we can provide you information on local engineering consultants that may be a better fit for your project.
Q. Can you help me determine what permits are needed for my project?
A. Yes. Determining the necessary permits and agency requirements that apply to conservation projects can be tricky, and we can help.