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.
Pajaro Storm Drain Maintenance District
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.
Restoration, Monitoring, Infrastructure Improvement, Water Management
Project Benefits a Disadvantaged Community (or SDAC):