Ventura, Calif., (January 22, 2018) – The Ventura County Resource Conservation District, working with the California Avocado Commission, has secured a grant from the State Water Resources Control Board to pay for post-fire restoration projects. The $105,000 grant must be expended by March 31, so property owners are encouraged to contact the RCD quickly to apply.
The money can be used for such projects as:
- Replacement of fire- or slide-damaged culverts
- Removal of invasive plants and revegetation with native plants along burned riparian corridors.
- Purchase and installation of erosion-control materials such as fencing, straw wattles, seed and native plants.
The RCD will purchase materials and supplies. Landowners are responsible for installation costs, including labor and delivery charges.
The RCD also administers funding through the federal Nonpoint Source Grant Program, and can provide support for long-term fire recovery, mitigation and management. Post-fire projects that reduce threats to endangered or threatened species, and/or municipal drinking water supplies, will receive preference. Limited funding is also available for restoration planning and damage assessments in areas affected by the fire. Applications are due Feb. 8.
For more information about either program, contact Lexi Everhart at the RCD:
(805) 764-5135, firstname.lastname@example.org.