Ventura County Resource Conservation District

The Ventura County Resource Conservation District [VCRCD] is a special district of the state and is primarily funded by grants. We provide assistance to help both rural and urban communities to conserve, protect, and restore natural resources.

The Ventura County RCD is a local unit of government and is administered under the provisions of Division 9, of the Public Resource Code, State of California. The VCRCD is one of 99 RCDs in CA and belongs to the California Association of RCDs (CARCD).

The VCRCD is governed by a Board of seven Directors elected for four-year terms. Directors must be landowners or agents of landowners residing within the District. Regular Directors Meetings are held at 8:30 AM on the third Wednesday of the month except August and December, which have no meetings.

Ventura County Resource Facts

  • Ventura County is the 17th most important agricultural producing county of the 3,175 counties in the United States,
  • There are over 28,000 acres of gullies and badlands in the southern half of Ventura County producing an estimated 880,000 tons of sediment per year.
  • Our cropland can withstand the loss of 2 to 5 tons of topsoil a year without losing it’s capacity to sustain crop yields.
  • About one-fourth of our cropland is eroding at rates that, if continued, will reduce. yields.
  • Approximately 13.5% of our irrigated acres (22 square miles) are affected by seawater intrusion.
  • Groundwater basins supply approximately 70% of the water used in the county, and are being overdrafted at a rate of about 80,000 acre feet per year.

Contact Ventura County Resource Conservation District

Marty Melvin, Executive Officer
3380 Somis Road
PO Box 147
Somis, California  93066-0147
Phone: 805-764-5137
Cell Phone: 805-216-3583


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Ventura County, California

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