Peto-McConica Property Riparian Restoration on the Santa Clara River

Location: Ventura County

Project Type: Restoration, Restoration Implementation

Status: Current

Habitat Type: Riparian

Cost: $1,300,000

Area Affected: 146 acres

Project Footprint: 146 acres

Area Affected: 1680 ft stream miles

Assembly District: 37

Senate District: 19

Congressional District: 26

Project Lead/Grantee:
The Nature Conservancy, Peter Dixon; University of California, Santa Barbara, Adam Lambert

The Santa Clara River (SCR) flows through northern Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, at the junction of 5 Bioregions, retains much of its hydrological integrity, and sustains over 18 federally listed species. However, the SCR faces numerous ecosystem stressors, including habitat loss and inputs from intensive agriculture and urbanization, and invasion by numerous non-native plant and animal species. The project area is approximately 16 river miles within the floodplain of the SCR in Ventura County roughly between the confluences of Sespe and Santa Paula Creeks. The Santa Paula-to-Sespe Conservation Area geographic scope includes the area from the SCR upwelling zone upstream of Fillmore to just below the Freeman Diversion in Saticoy. This reach of the SCR is designated as Critical Habitat for southern steelhead trout and the Sespe reach is also identified as a Wild & Scenic River. The project will implement control strategies and eradicate Arundo from approximately 2,767 acres along this 16-mile reach of the SCR.