Maria Ygnacio Aijian Barrier Removal

Location: Santa Barbara County

Project Type: Restoration

Status: Completed

Habitat Type: Exotics Control, fish passage, Riparian

Date Completed: 02/01/2017

Cost: $773,000

Project Footprint: 0.42 stream miles

Assembly District: 37

Senate District: 19

Congressional District: 24

Project Lead/Grantee:
South Coast Habitat Restoration (Mauricio Gomez, 805-729-8787)

This project will remove barriers to fish passage in Maria Ygnacio Creek. The project will implement engineered designs that call for several improvements to the creek: removal of a low flow crossing, regrading of the stream channel, installation of engineered stream bed material, installation of a new clear span bridge, and restoration with native riparian vegetation at the site.

The removal of the concrete road crossing along with regrading and restoration of a more natural stream bed will benefit migration of the federally endangered steelhead trout by increasing upstream access to 0.42 miles of habitat. The project will also improve habitat conditions for native flora and fauna by increasing the native riparian canopy and through the removal of non native vegetation from the project site.