Walters Creek Riparian Restoration Project - Phase II

Project Type: 
Restoration
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Wildlife Conservation Board
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Morro Bay National Estuary Program
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California Department of Fish & Game
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NOAA Restoration Center
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San Luis Resource Conservation District
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Fish America Foundation
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California Conservation Corps
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The Walters Creek Riparian Restoration Project - Phase II is part of a long-term strategy to reduce excessive sedimentation in the Morro Bay Estuary and improve conditions for steelhead in the Morro Bay Watershed through habitat enhancement measures. These enhancement measures seek to improve physical habitat because the amount and quality of physical habitat controls the number of juvenile steelhead and adult spawners that can be supported in the watershed. This project addresses three main goals which benefit steelhead trout; removal of migration barriers; reduced sedimentation; decreased temperature. (New Paragraph) This project restores steelhead migration access to 9,232 feet of Walters Creek by removing five eroding culvert crossings. Sedimentation is reduced through redesign of entire area to address potential sources of erosion. Re-vegetation of this site will stabilize Walters Creek and eventually provide shading to the stream lowering water temperatures.

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