Protecting and Restoring the Morro Bay Estuary.
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CHORRO CREEK ECOLOGICAL RESERVE: FLOODPLAIN RESTORATION PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION

Too much sediment harms the bay The Estuary Program protects and enhances Morro Bay and its watershed through projects that support important natural areas and restore degraded habitats. One of the ways we do this is by reducing the amount of sediment that flows into the creeks that feed the bay. This helps to keep the bay from filling in at an unnatural rate and protects steelhead spawning habitat. Over the years, an excess of sediment has flowed into Chorro Creek, making it harder for it to support wildlife. Along with many partners, the Estuary Program set out to improve …

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2017 Accomplishments: Collaborating for a Healthy Pennington Creek

Pennington Creek waterfall closeup

  The cold clear waters of Pennington Creek provide a home to many species, including our iconic steelhead. Pennington Creek is also home to the California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) Escuela Ranch and the Rancho El Chorro Outdoor School. The Estuary Program works with these landowners and other partners to protect and enhance habitat in and around the creek for sensitive species like steelhead. During 2017, we collaborated to put past projects to good use and to complete groundwork for important upcoming projects. Helping the Waters Run Clear At Cal Poly’s Escuela Ranch, the university is training the next …

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