Assessment of State Funded Wetland Restoration Projects on the Central Coast
Proposition 13, 40, 50, 84 and Section 319 grants have supported much of the State’s wetland restoration and enhancement over the last decade. These funds have the primary objective of improving the beneficial uses of the State’s water. Although there have been major efforts to restore California’s wetlands there is a significant problem in that there has been no comprehensive assessment of state funded wetland restoration projects. Our project conducted evaluations of state funded wetland restoration projects throughout the Central Coast. Our approach to address the problem was to utilize the EPA’s three-level method to monitoring wetlands. The first step (Level 1) quantified the number and location of sites within Central Coast wetlands. A database for a subset State funded wetland projects was developed to provide a region wide overview of project locations (www.californiawetlands.net). We then used the California Rapid Assessment Method (CRAM) to evaluate the general condition of those select restoration projects (Level 2) throughout the region. To create a more complete picture of the ability of these projects to improve water quality, we collected water quality data at each of the sites (Level 3).
The goals of this project were:
1) To compile information on state funded restoration projects on the central coast and make those data available to the public via statewide online databases. Data collected include wetland condition, water quality, and permit and grant details of each project.
2) To document effectiveness of restoration projects by evaluating the current condition of restored wetlands using the California Rapid Assessment Method.