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Project: Escondido Creek Watershed Invasive Plant Control, Restoration, and Fire Prevention Program

Description: The Escondido Creek watershed hosts some of the most intact riparian habitat in San Diego County. The upper and lower Escondido Creek watershed support many threatened and endangered species. One of the greatest threats to riparian habitat is infestation of non-native invasive plants. Funding for this project will be used to enhance ecological function in an important watershed, reduce flood risk, and leverage previous conservation investment to expand habitat restoration to the watershed scale.

Reference Number: 3600BQ2096024

Implemented By: The Escondido Creek Conservancy

Objective: The project will address invasive, non-native plant species across the Escondido Creek watershed in North San Diego County. It will primarily utilize mechanical and chemical treatment of invasive, non-native plants in nature preserves owned and managed by the Grantee, in riparian areas, along 8 miles of Escondido Creek, from upper to mid watershed. It will also treat invasive plants on neighboring privately-owned lands in order to accomplish watershed-scale control of certain plants and engage the community in conservation. The Project will also integrate specific invasive plant management goals into the existing long-term habitat management.

Type: Restoration

Total Cost: $552,097.00

Project Status: Project Implementation

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

Estimated Completion: 3/15/2024    Actual Completion:

Associated Counties:

Project Benefits a Disadvantaged Community (or SDAC): Yes

Contribution SourcesContribution DateContribution Amount
Prop. 1, Watershed Restoration9/29/2020$552,097.00

Project MetricMetric TopicQuantityUnit
RestorationEcosystem: Riparian Habitat78acres restored/assessed/managed
RestorationEradication/Treatment of Invasive Species78acres assessed/treated

Water Action Plan Target

Make Conservation a California Way of LifeAction Description
Protect and Restore Important EcosystemsAction Description
Manage and Prepare for Dry PeriodsAction Description
Increase Flood ProtectionAction Description


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