Santiago Creek Arundo Control and Habitat Restoration


Program: Restoration

Status: Current

Project Type: Exotics Control, Riparian

Cost: $2,391,000

Acres: 140

Assembly District: 55

Senate District: 29

Congressional District: 39

Project Lead/Grantee:
Santa Ana River Watershed Association (Lee Reeder 951-780-1012)

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Project Overview:

This project will remove approximately 140 acres of Arundo donax and associated invasive species to recover native habitat and wildlife in three areas of Orange County’s Santa Ana River Watershed. This effort will further Orange County’s restoration efforts in Santiago Creek, Carbon Creek, and the lower Santa Ana Canyon.

The Santa Ana Watershed Association has spent approximately $600,000 on Santiago Creek restoration and maintenance, including the removal and ongoing management of approximately 140 acres of Arundo donax. In the Carbon Canyon area, SAWA has obtained funding to remove and treat the majority of the invasive plants. Funds will only be needed in Carbon Canyon to continue treating the lower portion.