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Watsonville Slough Restoration – Phase 2
Massive dump trucks are transporting soil from the west side to the east side of Ohlone Parkway, where it is being used to raise the floodplain and form a base for the buildings that might one day be there.
The project includes changing the agricultural area to a functioning wetland system, a project expected to boost wildlife and support native plants. It will also improve water circulation and quality in the slough and add pedestrian pathways that will connect with the existing trail system.
The project was funded through a $400,000 state grant and a $60,000 grant from the Santa Cruz County Resource Conservation District. The remaining money for the $660,000 project will come from Watsonville’s storm drain funds.
Watsonville Wetlands Watch Restoration Director Jonathan Pilch said the project will boost habitat for the endangered California red-legged frog, as well as a menagerie of other animals. In addition, it will bring back a natural area that boasts several interconnected habitats.
The above information was taken from the article that appeared in the Register Pajaronian on September 6, 2012 and written by Todd Guild
Photos by Tarmo Hanula (Register Pajaronian)
Phase 2 of the restoration of the Watsonville Slough will begin soon. The project will enlarge the slough channel creating pond like areas and shallows natural to Pajaro Valley’s slough habitats. The newly graded slough will be planted with appropriate native wetland and native upland plant species. The recreational trail is included in the plans. Construction is scheduled to begin in August 2012 and completed by November 2012. This project will restore 7 additional acres of natural wetland habitat. Project plans and specifications are on file with the City Clerk.
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