Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve Steelhead Habitat Improvement

Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve Steelhead Habitat Improvement

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Project Goal:

This project will improve steelhead habitat in the Santa Margarita River through non-native aquatic species removal, invasive vegetation removal and sediment reduction.


Increased native rainbow trout numbers, decreased non-native aquatic species such as bullhead

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Project Stages

35% Planning and Design

100% Planning, Design, and Permitting

Implementation

Post Monitoring

Estimated Completion Date:
Ongoing

Region:

Project Funders

Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project

Tides Foundation, California Wildlands Grassroots Fund

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, International Federation Fly Fishers

Golden State Flycasters

Fish Affected:

Project Description

The Santa Margarita River offers one of the best opportunities to re-establish a steelhead population in coastal Southern California. This project will increase the positive impact and multiple benefits of downstream fish passage barrier removal projects by improving upstream steelhead habitat in the Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve through invasive vegetation and non-native aquatic species removal and localized sediment reduction within a three-mile section of the Santa Margarita River to its headwaters.

Project Partners:

CDFW
FWS
Golden State Flycasters
San Diego State University and Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve
Riverside County Bio-Monitoring Group

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