Huntington Beach Wetlands Restoration Plan

Location: Orange County

Project Type: Restoration Planning

Status: Completed

Habitat Type: tidal wetlands

Date Completed: 2004

Cost: $350,000

Area Affected: 25 acres

Assembly District: 74

Senate District: 37

Congressional District: 48

Project Lead/Grantee:
Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy (Gordon Smith)

This project prepared a comprehensive restoration plan for the entire Huntington Beach Central Park. The Huntington Beach Wetlands consist of 118 acres of restored wetlands habitat along the southern coastline of Huntington Beach. The Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy owns and manages these wetlands and continues to work hand-in-hand with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to restore wetlands in the Orange County area.

The Huntington Beach Wetlands are made up of three separate areas along Pacific Coast Highway between the Santa Ana River and Newland Street. The 25-acre Talbert Marsh, located between Brookhurst Street and the Santa Ana River, was the first to complete restoration in 2009, followed by the 41-acre Magnolia Marsh to its north in 2010. A raised observation deck and boat dock are now in place at Magnolia Marsh to allow public access and education. A trail system is also being created to allow public access around the perimeter of the marsh.