Lower Refugio Creek Restoration

Location: Santa Barbara County

Project Type: Restoration

Status: Completed

Cost: $157,000

Area Affected: 4 acres

Project Footprint: 7,000 ft stream miles

Assembly District: 37

Senate District: 19

Congressional District: 24

Project Lead/Grantee:
Land Trust for Santa Barbara County (Michael Feeny, 805-966-4520)

This project enhanced wildlife habitat along one and one-half miles of Lower Refugio Creek by removing invasive plant species, stabilizing 1,300 linear feet of eroding creek bed and revegetating 17,000 square feet of the riparian corridor.

The project worked to remove over 87,000 square feet of Giant reed (Arundo donax) in Lower Refugio Creek with over $550,000 provided by the State Coastal Conservancy, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Caltrans and three area ranch owners. The Land Trust worked cooperatively with three private landowners, the Cachuma Resource Conservation District and Santa Barbara County Flood Control to eradicate the troublesome plant and re-establish native stream conditions that provide better habitat for a wide array of local wildlife. The project started about two miles upstream from the Pacific Ocean and continued downstream in Lower Refugio Creek along the rural Gaviota Coast.