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Project: Alameda County Carbon Farm Planning, Feasibility and Pilot Project

Description: Planning, feasibility, demonstration, and assessment project to evaluate the feasibility of rangeland and cropland compost application in Alameda County, document the carbon sequestration benefits of additional riparian, wetland and vegetative conservation practices, and develop a framework for landowners to begin understanding the benefits to agricultural operations and encourage adoption of these practices by farmers and ranchers locally and regionally. ARCD staff and regional and local experts will evaluate the feasibility of implementing compost amendments to rangelands and croplands in Alameda County. In coordination with partner agencies, this project will focus on developing tools to evaluate these conservation practices’ carbon sequestration benefits; prepare a full conservation plan with an emphasis on carbon sequestration that evaluates the property as a whole; oversee the implementation of a suite of soil carbon-beneficial practices on the selected properties; and, monitoring and outreach activities.

Reference Number: 3860-P01-115

Implemented By: Alameda County Resource Conservation District


Type: Water Management, Technical Assistance, Research/Planning (including Science)

Total Cost: $367,991.00

Project Status: Project Implementation

On Time?: Yes    Within Scope?: Yes    Within Budget?: Yes

Estimated Completion: 10/17/2021    Actual Completion:

Associated Counties: Alameda

Project Benefits a Disadvantaged Community (or SDAC): No

Contribution SourcesContribution DateContribution Amount
Federal Contribution1/17/2017$199,610.00
Local Contribution1/17/2017$40,750.00
Prop. 1, Water Conservation and Water Use Efficiency Plans, Projects, and Programs1/17/2017$127,631.00

Project MetricMetric TopicQuantityUnit
Water ManagementWater Use Efficiency - Best Mgt. Practices  
Technical AssistanceTraining and Outreach  
Technical AssistanceWatershed Assessments  
Technical AssistanceScientific  
Research/Planning (including Science)Climate Change Impacts  
Research/Planning (including Science)Management Plans  
Research/Planning (including Science)Subsidence Reversal/Carbon Sequestration  

Water Action Plan Target

Make Conservation a California Way of LifeAction Description
Protect and Restore Important EcosystemsAction Description
Manage and Prepare for Dry PeriodsAction Description


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