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About the Permit Coordination Program
The Marin Resource Conservation District (Marin RCD) created an easier and faster way for landowners and ranchers to apply for permits for restoration projects by facilitating the CEQA process for their projects as a Lead Agency. The Marin Permit Coordination Program (PCP) was designed to help landowners and ranchers plan, permit, fund, and implement practices that will minimize impacts to wildlife and water quality.
The PCP provides CEQA coverage for specific conservation practices under a certain size and within a specific area of Marin County. The PCP consists of an Initial Study, Mitigated Negative Declaration and Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program. Other counties within California have used the PCP has a model to create their own programmatic CEQA process. The PCP also helps Marin RCD in the grant application process when CEQA coverage is required to be complete prior to submittal. The Marin RCD has renewed the program three times because of its success in incentivizing restoration work.
The latest version of the PCP increased the life span from 5 to 10 years and increased the physical boundaries of the program. The updated program provides streamlined environmental review for 44 conservation practices that meet certain criteria. On annual basis, the RCD adopts projects into the program, and then applies and pays for additional permits to assist landowners wanting to construct conservation projects. The projects range from stabilizing streambanks, installing large wood for fisheries projects, to installing livestock crossings and grade stabilization work.
Rural and riparian areas within the following watersheds: greater Tomales Bay watershed, which includes Lagunitas Creek, San Geronimo Valley, Marin County portions of Walker Creek, Inverness, and the direct eastern and western drainages into Tomales Bay; Stemple Creek-Estero de San Antonio; Marin County portions of the Estero Americano watershed; Novato, Miller, and San Antonio Creek watersheds in north and/or east Marin; and the creeks in the northern portion of western Point Reyes National Seashore that flow directly into the ocean.
- Notice of Determination, Mitigated Negative Declaration, Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program, Initial Study/Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration 2018
June 13, 2028
How to apply
Contact Marin RCD at email@example.com.
Projects proposed for inclusion in the PCP were initially vetted by a Technical Advisory Committee and ultimately selected by the Marin RCD Board of Directors.
May be used with:
- Central Coast NMFS Programmatic Biological Opinion (PBO)
- USACE Nationwide Permit 27 – Aquatic Habitat Restoration
- Water Board General Order for Small Habitat Restoration Projects