Santa Clara River Estuary McGrath State Beach


Program: Restoration

Status: Current

Project Type: Erosion/Sedimentation, Exotics Control, fish passage, Freshwater Wetland, Riparian, Tidal Wetland

Cost: $204,900

Acres: 40

Assembly District: 44

Senate District: 19

Congressional District: 26

Project Lead/Grantee:
California State Parks, Channel Coast District (Angela Lortie, Barbara Fosbrink 805-585-1858)

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Project Overview:

This project will restore and protect coastal salt marsh and riparian forest within Santa Clara River Estuary Natural Preserve. Plans include removal of the existing campground in the floodplain, exotic plant removal, native re-planting and monitoring, and protection of habitat with a fence installation and interpretive signage.

While the proposed project includes boardwalk construction, WRP priorities focus on habitat restoration. State Parks is working with Coast Keeper/ Wishtoyo Foundation under a USFWS grant to create a Santa Clara River Estuary Habitat Restoration and Enhancement Feasibility Study. The feasibility study will determine how to best restore the 15-35 acres of land within the Santa Clara River estuary (owned by State Parks) in conjunction with relocation of the campground in existing park footprint.