Results and Accomplishments
The first PIR Permit Coordination Program was piloted in the Elkhorn Slough watershed in
County in 1998. With assistance from Sustainable Conservation, a nonprofit environmental group, the local NRCS and RCD obtained permits from seven regulatory agencies covering ten conservation practices that have the potential to produce a net environmental benefit. The practices covered by the Elkhorn permits are: critical area planting, diversion, filter strip, grade stabilization structure, sediment basins, grassed waterway, stream bank protection, stream channel stabilization, underground outlets, and water and sediment control basin. As a result of the permit program, Elkhorn area cooperators are implementing a greater number of projects to enhance streams and wetlands than they had before. More than 1.5 miles of streams have been enhanced, and at least 21,000 tons of sediment have been prevented from entering local wetlands. Since then Sustainable Conservation, the NRCS, and local RCDs have replicated the process in five coastal watersheds.