Ventura River Arundo Removal Project

Location: Ventura County

Project Type: Restoration

Status: Completed

Habitat Type: Exotics Control, Riparian

Cost: $355,700

Area Affected: 5 acres

Assembly District: 37

Senate District: 19

Congressional District: 26

Project Lead/Grantee:
Ventura County Flood Control District (Jeff Pratt 805-654-2040)

This project removed invasive Arundo donax from a 5-acre parcel adjacent to the Ventura River and revegetated the acreage with native riparian species. Giant cane (Arundo donax), has displaced native riparian vegetation critical for wildlife habitat. Many special-status wildlife species, including the southern steelhead, occur in the watershed and benefit from the removal of giant cane and restoration of native riparian habitat.

The project is located in the lower reaches of the Ventura River Watershed in Casitas Springs, approximately seven miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. Ultimately, the project aimed to provide the data needed to develop a Giant Cane Removal Master Plan for the Ventura River and other watersheds in the County.