Arroyo Burro Creek Arundo Removal Project

Location: Santa Barbara County

Project Type: Restoration

Status: Removed

Habitat Type: Erosion/Sedimentation, Riparian

Cost: $99,930

Acres: 2.5

Stream Miles: 7

Assembly District: 35

Senate District: 19

Congressional District: 24

Project Lead/Grantee: Santa Barbara City Creeks Division (805-963-0611)

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This project proposes to remove approximately 2.5 acres of invasive Arundo donax from the bed, banks and overbanks along a 2,000 foot stretch of Arroyo Burro Creek, on private property belonging to the Stonecreek Homeowners Association.

The project will remove approximately 1 acre of Arundo along a 3,000 foot stretch of the creek on private properties located just downstream of Hidden Valley Park. Arroyo Burro Creek is an urban creek that extends 7 miles from the Santa Ynez Mountains at 3,800 feet elevation to the ocean at Arroyo Burro Beach County Park, and traverses rural estates, orchards, dense residential and commercial development and open spaces. Of the creeks located in the City of Santa Barbara, this creek retains the most native vegetation, especially along its lower reach at Hidden Valley and Las Positas Valley, where this project will primarily operate. Removing exotics will help to maintain the native plant population in this important urban creek.