Santa Clara River Riparian Restoration and Community Engagement for the Santa Paula to Sespe Conservation Area

Location: Ventura County

Project Type: Restoration

Status: Current

Cost: $23,750,000

Funding Gap: $16,400,000

Area Affected: 6,000 acres

Project Footprint: 80,000 feet stream miles

Assembly District: 37

Senate District: 19

Congressional District: 26

Project Lead/Grantee:
Santa Clara River Conservancy, Shawn Kelly

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.