Ormond Beach Wetlands Restoration Plan

Project Type: Planning

Status: Current

Habitat Type: Erosion/Sedimentation, Freshwater Wetland, Interpretive/Education, Public Access/Recreation, Tidal Wetland, Water Quality

Cost: 600,000

Acres: 1,100

Assembly District: 37, 46

Senate District: 19, 29

Congressional District: 24, 28

Project Lead/Grantee:
California State Coastal Conservancy (Peter Brand, 510-286-1015)

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Project Overview:

This project aims to prepare a restoration plan for the 1100-acre Ormond Beach wetlands area. A Restoration Feasibility Study has been completed evaluating options for: restoring tidal action to portions of the property, restoring historic drainage patterns, and recreating a mix of tidal and seasonal wetlands with associated grasslands.

The Preferred Alternative has been selected which will restore historical lagoons, include related ecotones and grasslands, and allow room for shoreline transgression from sea level rise and storm erosion in accordance with complex models. The Restoration Plan will be completed when the next major acquisition is secured.

Ormond Beach is a 1,500-acre area composed of agriculture, industry, and wetlands. A two-mile-long beach extends from Port Hueneme to the northwestern boundary of Pt. Mugu Naval Air Station, which encompasses Mugu Lagoon. Although the wetlands have been drained, filled and degraded over the past century, this is one of the few areas in southern California with an intact dune-transition zone–marsh system. The Ormond Beach area hosts over 200 migratory bird species and more shorebird species are known to use Ormond Beach than any other site in Ventura County.

Ormond Beach is considered by wetland experts to be the most important wetland restoration opportunity in southern California.