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Project: North San Diego County Multi-Watershed Enhancement & Restoration Project

Description: The Project will provide habitat enhancement treatments including invasive species removal and/or revegetation that will occur over 33.67 acres within the larger project area totaling 117.78 acres. This treatment will have multiple benefits to watershed enhancement and restoration by improving habitat resiliency and supporting federal and state-listed species vulnerable to habitat loss due to projected sea level rise, least Bell’s vireo (Vireo bellii pusillus) and southwestern willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus), as well as other special-status species.

Reference Number: 3600BP1796027

Implemented By: San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy

Objective: Objectives of this project are to Enhancement and/or restoration practices applied at selected sites will ultimately achieve the following goals: 1.) Maximize water availability in drainages by reducing water loss associated with transpiration by invasive species such as tamarisk (Tamarix spp.) and giant reed (Arundo donax); 2.) Reduce fire hazard associated with volatile invasives such as gum trees (Eucalyptus spp.); 3.) Ensure project sustainability by targeting known upstream source populations of invasive species; 4.) Reduce flooding by restoring current and projected floodplains; 5.) Improve habitat corridors and connectivity to improve resiliency to projected climate change; and 6.) Provide quality habitat for the federal and state endangered least Bell’s vireo and southwestern willow flycatcher, as well as other special-status species.

Type: Restoration

Total Cost: $1,106,136.00

Project Status: Project Implementation

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

Estimated Completion: 4/30/2022    Actual Completion:

Associated Counties: Multiple

Project Benefits a Disadvantaged Community (or SDAC): Yes

Contribution SourcesContribution DateContribution Amount
Prop. 1, Watershed Restoration6/30/2018$1,106,136.00

Project MetricMetric TopicQuantityUnit
RestorationEcosystem: Riparian Habitat28.12acres restored/assessed/managed
RestorationEcosystem: Shallow Water/ Marsh/ Wetland Habitat3.91acres restored/assessed/managed
RestorationEcosystem: Upland Habitat1.65acres restored/assessed/managed
RestorationEradication/Treatment of Invasive Species12.42acres assessed/treated

Water Action Plan Target

Protect and Restore Important EcosystemsAction Description
Increase Flood ProtectionAction Description


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