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Project: Big Canyon Coastal Habitat Restoration and Adaptation Project (Phase 2)

Description: Phase 2 includes restoration of historical salt marsh with transitional zones for sea level rise (SLR). A coastal creek will be restored by removing non-native plants and re-establishing native vegetation to restore coastal habitat important to marine fisheries and listed species. The project will implement multiple stages : (1) biological surveys for Phase 2a; and (2) design, planning and permitting for Phases 2b and 2c.

Reference Number: 0540P01302

Implemented By: Newport Bay Conservancy

Objective: The project objective is to decrease the climate change vulnerability of the ecosystem in the Big Canyon watershed and associated habitats in the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve. This will be accomplished primarily through modelling of sea level rise and using the outcomes to identify vulnerabilities from sea level rise and implement a design that effectively mitigates them. The project addresses each of the OPC's Proposition 1 Priority Issue Areas through the restoration of a critical coastal habitat next to the Upper Newport Bay State Marine Conservation Area and Ecological Reserve; elimination of fish and bird exposure to selenium impacted sediments; improvement of water quality; and finalization of a resilient habitat restoration design that is capable of adaptation to climate change and sea level rise.

Type: Restoration, Monitoring

Total Cost: $529,000.00

Project Status: Project Implementation

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

Estimated Completion: 3/30/2022    Actual Completion:

Associated Counties: Orange

Project Benefits a Disadvantaged Community (or SDAC): No

Contribution SourcesContribution DateContribution Amount
Prop. 1, Ecosystem, Watershed Protection and Restoration11/22/2019$529,000.00

Project MetricMetric TopicQuantityUnit

Water Action Plan Target

Protect and Restore Important EcosystemsAction Description


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