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Project: Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Planning Project for Lower Watsonville Slough

Description: The proposed Project is a Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Project in the Lower Watsonville Slough. The purpose of the Project is to conduct feasibility analysis and initial design for a mostly nature-based infrastructure project that re-establishes and enhances wetland and tidal marsh habitat while providing flood risk reduction, climate change adaptation, and recreational opportunities to economically-disadvantaged local residents. Project activities would investigate and identify a technically feasible plan that maximizes ecosystem benefits and that responds to stakeholder concerns. Project tasks are included in the attached Work Plan and Budget. Being a feasibility study and initial design project, the project does not include construction or field work.

Reference Number: 0540P01304

Implemented By: Pajaro Storm Drain Maintenance District

Objective: This project addresses three of the goals in Ocean Protection Council (OPC)’s Strategic Plan. It addresses Goal 1 (Safeguard Coastal and Marine Ecosystems and Communities in the Face of Climate Change) because planning will incorporate sea-level rise guidelines and project design will provide mechanisms to keep up with sea-level rise. It addresses Goal 2 (Advance Equity Across Ocean and Coastal Policies and Actions) because it will improve coastal access for the underserved communities of Watsonville. It will promote Goal 3 (Enhance Coastal and Marine Biodiversity) because project plans will lead to a habitat restoration project that improves coastal wetland habitats and associated water quality and improve nearshore water quality for nearby marine protected areas.

Type: Restoration, Monitoring, Infrastructure Improvement, Water Management

Total Cost: $850,000.00

Project Status: Project Implementation

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

Estimated Completion: 12/31/2024    Actual Completion:

Associated Counties: Santa Cruz

Project Benefits a Disadvantaged Community (or SDAC): Yes

Contribution SourcesContribution DateContribution Amount
Prop. 1, Ecosystem, Watershed Protection and Restoration8/4/2021$850,000.00

Project MetricMetric TopicQuantityUnit
RestorationEcosystem: Coastal Habitat800acres restored/assessed/managed
MonitoringWater and Sediment Quality  
Infrastructure ImprovementOther  
Water ManagementOther  

Water Action Plan Target

Protect and Restore Important EcosystemsAction Description


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