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Project: Santa Barbara County Debris Basin Removal and Fish Passage Project

Description: Santa Barbara County Debris Basin Removal and Fish Passage Project

Reference Number: 0540P01106

Implemented By: Beach Erosion Authority for Clean Oceans and Nourishment

Objective: A restoration effort that will remove two fifty-year old concrete debris dams from Rattlesnake and San Ysidro Creeks located in the foothills behind the City of Santa Barbara, and the creeks form part of the watershed for the Santa Ynez Mountains and in the past served as important sources of coastal beach sand and pathways for migrating steelhead fish. Removing the two dams will restore these natural functions, contributing positively to coastal watershed and habitat restoration, sustainable fisheries, regional sediment management and climate change adaptation.

Type: Restoration, Monitoring, Water Management

Total Cost: $539,000.00

Project Status: Project Implementation

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

Estimated Completion: 3/30/2023    Actual Completion:

Associated Counties: Santa Barbara

Project Benefits a Disadvantaged Community (or SDAC): No

Contribution SourcesContribution DateContribution Amount
Prop. 1, Ecosystem, Watershed Protection and Restoration4/20/2017$539,000.00

Project MetricMetric TopicQuantityUnit
RestorationEcosystem: Riparian Habitat1acres restored/assessed/managed
RestorationErosion Control  
Water ManagementSediment Removal  

Water Action Plan Target

Protect and Restore Important EcosystemsAction Description


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