$175,000 in grant funding is available for road and land conservation projects in the San Lorenzo Valley, Scotts Valley and Branciforte areas. There are two programs for these projects:
- private road improvements, including culvert replacement and sloping
- stormwater management, including rainwater catchment systems.
The goal of these projects is to improve fish habitat, especially steelhead and salmon. It also serves to improve human habitat, especially in rainy winters. Every time a road remains secure in its foundations during a downpour, there is less sediment in the streams and more usable roadbed for residents. No one likes carrying the groceries in a backpack around a mudslide, especially if you’re wearing your office clothes and holding your kid’s hand.
“It’s still a small one-lane road, but we’ve all been able to get to our homes every winter.” – Tom Bird, Bear Creek Canyon Road Association
From the Santa Cruz Sentinel Article “District offers grants for erosion control” by Kara Guzman, July 1, 2014