Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District’s (CSLRCD) Projects are projects that are funded mostly through grants. CSLRCD also offers Professional Services (Fee-for-Service).


  • Hemp Plant


    As California’s landscape begins to formally include cannabis cultivation, the resource conservation districts are a perfect vehicle to help growers reach compliance with all the regulatory requirements and to adopt conservation practices such as erosion control, pollution reduction, water use efficiency, soil health, etc. The goal is for RCDs to serve as a conservation advocate… Read More
  • People gathered at Cal Poly Ranch to discuss carbon farming

    Carbon Farm Plans

    Carbon Farming involves implementing practices that are known to improve the rate at which CO2 is removed from the atmosphere and converted to plant material and/or soil organic matter. At least 32 on-farm Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) practices are known to improve soil health and sequester carbon, while producing important co-benefits—increased water retention, hydrological function,… Read More
  • CDFA Healthy Soils Program logo

    CDFA Healthy Soils Program

    The HSP has two components: the HSP Incentives Program and the HSP Demonstration Projects. The HSP Incentives Program provides financial assistance for implementation of conservation management that improve soil health, sequester carbon and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The HSP Demonstration Projects showcase California farmers and rancher’s implementation of HSP practices. The Coastal Resource Conservation District (CSLRCD) supports… Read More
  • Los Osos Valley Road bioreactor

    De-Nitrifying Woodchip Bioreactors

    Bioreactors are a biological tool for improving water quality and are used in agricultural operations to remove nitrates from irrigation runoff. Nitrate residues from fertilizers negatively affect water quality and aquatic life, impairing streams, lakes and the ocean. The Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District (CSLRCD) has two demonstration woodchip bioreactors within the district. How… Read More
  • Oceano Dunes Protected Area

    Dune Restoration and Dust Control

    In early summer 2018, the Oceano Dunes State Park and the San Luis Obispo Air Pollution Control District came to an agreement that established a five-year plan to improve air quality on the Nipomo Mesa. They hope to do this by reducing the emissions of fine-particle (10-micron diameter) dust that comes from the dunes. State… Read More
  • Goats eating cape ivy

    Invasive Weed Management

    The California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC) defines invasive plants as plants that are not native to an environment, and once introduced, they establish, quickly reproduce and spread, and cause harm to the environment, economy or human health. Cal-IPC has an Inventory which categorizes these plants that threaten California’s natural areas. The Inventory includes plants that currently… Read More
  • SWEEP testing

    Irrigation Evaluation and Efficiency

    Irrigation efficiency is a critical measure of irrigation performance in terms of the water required to irrigate afield, farm, basin, irrigation district, or an entire watershed. The value of irrigation efficiency and its definition areimportant to the societal views of irrigated agriculture and its benefit in supplying the high quality, abundant foodsupply required to meet… Read More
  • Extracting core samples of Oso Flaco Lake sediment

    Oso Flaco Watershed Remediation

    Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District (CSLRCD) has worked with public and private landowners and resource management agencies to protect and remediate agricultural land and aquatic systems in the Oso Flaco watershed since 2000. This watershed is characterised by low gradients, highly erosive sandy soils, year-round intensive agricultural production and some of the highest concentrations of… Read More

Professional services

  • MIL testing

    Irrigation Evaluation

    The Mobile Irrigation Lab (MIL) is a service that provides on-site evaluations of individual irrigation systems. Based on these evaluations, a Mobile Lab technician can work with growers to develop irrigation water management plans tailored to their individual needs. The plans include recommendations to improve system performance, such as developing a maintenance plan and revising… Read More
  • Agricultural road

    Alternative Review Program (ARP)

    The Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District (CSLRCD), in partnership with the County of San Luis Obispo, offers an alternative, low-cost grading review process for eligible projects within our district — Alternative Review Program. If you are outside of the CSLRCD boundaries, contact the Upper Salinas-Las Tablas Resource Conservation District. Eligible projects* for the ARP… Read More
  • Staff testing irrigation system

    Planning and Technical Assistance

    The Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District (CSLRCD) provides assistance to plan for a diverse range of agricultural and natural resource practices, including nutrient management, erosion and flood control, carbon sequestration, soil health and drought resiliency. Services include bilingual site assessment and initial consultation, topographic surveying, hydrological modeling, biological surveying and mapping, and the development… Read More