The Project will restore steelhead access to suitable headwaters habitat and long-sequestered sediment to downstream riverine, estuarine and nearshore coastal habitats. Funding for this Project will be used to restore natural channel capacity in the Ventura River at a critical point of constriction for steelhead migration. The Project is an essential component of the Matilija Dam Ecosystem Restoration Project that requires several downstream restoration and infrastructure projects as critical steps towards the removal of Matilija Dam, an antiquated, sediment-filled water storage facility. Dam removal restores steelhead access to 17.3 miles and 491 acres of suitable headwaters habitat, and long-sequestered sediment to downstream riverine, estuarine and nearshore coastal habitats.
Ventura County Watershed Protection District
Specific objectives of this Project are:
1. Improve water and sediment flows under current and future conditions.
2. Enhance fish passage and instream habitat for anadromous steelhead.
3. Restore natural sediment transport and deposition processes.
4. Enhance community and recreational access with improved pedestrian and bicycle clearances.
5. Complete the first of 5 to 6 critical downstream restoration and infrastructure improvements as prerequisites to Matilija Dam removal.
Restoration, Recreation/Access/Interpretation, Infrastructure Improvement
Project Benefits a Disadvantaged Community (or SDAC):