Struve Slough Restoration

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The City and Watsonville Wetlands Watch are working together to restore portions of Struve Slough just upstream and downstream of Main Street. The project involves removing non-native plants and replacing them with native plants, which will benefit the birds and wildlife that live within the slough. The restoration efforts will also provide amazing views from the slough trails and allow community members to volunteer and learn more about the unique freshwater wetlands.

The restoration is being done over a period of three years with labor, equipment and ser vices provided by Watsonville Wetlands Watch, the City of Watsonville, California Conservation Corps workers and com mu nit y volu nteers. Fu nding was received from two State grants and contributions by the City and Watsonville Wetlands Watch.

Over the years, the project area has changed from wetland to ranchland to residential with some areas now tur ning back to wetlands and natural habitat along the City’s trails. The restoration work began in 2015 with clearing of debris and removal of non-native plants. Biodegradable wood chips and st raw were placed over the cleared area to suppress weeds and prepare the soil. Initial planting was done in 2016, using plants grown in a nursery operated by Watsonville Wetlands Watch at the Pajaro Valley High School campus. Work will continue in 2017 with over 4,000 new native plants being planted in the coming winter. Several public volunteer events will be held to help with this important project.

For additional information, please contact Jonathan Pilch, Executive Director of Wetlands Watch at 768-3117.

 

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