The Natural Resources Planning Division develops and administers programs for water resources, environmental restoration, habitat conservation, natural hazard mitigation, and climate change adaptation projects to advance natural resource goals set by the Board of Supervisors.
Humboldt County participates in the North Coast Resource Partnership (NCRP) (formerly North Coast Integrated Regional Water Management Plan or IRWMP (http://www.northcoastirwmp.net) which was initiated in 2004 in collaboration with the counties of Sonoma, Modoc, Mendocino, Trinity, Del Norte, and Siskiyou. The NCRP coordinates the planning and implementation of projects throughout the seven-county region related to water supply and water quality, energy conservation and independence, and healthy watersheds and communities. Humboldt County serves as the regional administrating agency and manages the grants issued to the NCRP by state agencies with funding from Proposition 50, Proposition 84, and other sources. Grant administration work for the NCRP is performed by the Natural Resources Planning Division which was integrated into the Public Works Department in June 2012.
The Board periodically authorizes county-wide planning efforts and implementation programs to address mitigation of natural hazards in collaboration with other public agencies and private sector participants. The Board appoints members to the Humboldt County Fire Safe Council (HFSC) to provide guidance for wildfire mitigation programs. The Natural Resources Planning Division provides staffing to administer and manage grant opportunities, lead the development of plans and plan updates, and support the activities of the HFSC. Funding for hazard mitigation programs has come from Title III of the Secure Rural Schools and Self Determination Act of 2000, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).