Carlsbad Hydrologic Unit Riparian Habitat Restoration

Location: San Diego County

Project Type: Restoration

Status: Completed

Habitat Type: Exotics Control, Riparian

Cost: $5,460,000

Area Affected: 135,000 acres

Project Footprint: 84 stream miles

Assembly District: 76

Senate District: 36

Congressional District: 49

Project Lead/Grantee:
San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy on behalf of Carlsbad Watershed Network (760-436-3944)

This project removed non-native plant species, and restored riparian and select upland habitat areas in the Carlsbad Hydrologic Unit. This management unit is comprised of seven watershed districts in northern San Diego County where the following efforts have been taken:

-Controlled invasive species throughout roughly 280 acres of riparian watershed areas encompassing Agua Hedionda Creek, Buena Creek, Buena Vista Creek, Encinas Creek, Escondido Creek, Loma Alta Creek and San Marcos Creek
-Successfully controlled highly invasive species including Arundo, tamarisk, pampas grass, palms and various other riparian invasives
-Coordinated with land owners to gain right of entry, as well as being active in public outreach to inform landowners of the negative impact non-native plants have on the watershed ecosystem and the benefits of the invasive species program.

The Carlsbad Hydrologic Unit (CHU), known as the the Carlsbad Watershed is the third most densely populated area in the County with its population growth projected to increase from 500K in 2000 to 700K by 2015.

The Carlsbad Hydrologic Unit (CHU) is a 210 square mile area in northern San Diego County that extends well beyond the boundaries of the City of Carlsbad. It covers substantial portions of the cities of Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos, Escondido, Encinitas, and Solana Beach in addition to significant unincorporated portions of the County of San Diego.