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Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission

Bay habitats support wildlife populations that provide humans with economic, recreational, scenic, and educational benefits.

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The Santa Monica Bay and its watershed are comprised of unique and interrelated habitats. Protecting these habitats is vital to improving water quality and sustaining biological diversity. Bay habitats support fish and wildlife populations that, in turn, provide humans with many economic, recreational, scenic, and educational benefits.

Human activities such as urbanization and industrial development pose serious problems for the Bay's habitats.

Proposition 12 (the Safe Neighborhood Parks, Clean Water, Clean Air, and Coastal Protection Bond Act) was passed by California's voters in March of 2000. As part of that measure, $25 million was earmarked to implement actions identified in the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Plan. The Project has already funded over $2 million in habitat restoration projects.

Santa Monica Bay Projects

Santa Monica BayKeeper plans to restore kelp to its historic acreage throughout the Santa Monica Bay by implementing a kelp restoration project at six selected restoration sites along the Malibu coast.

The City of Calabasas will remove over 250 linear feet of a concrete lined portion of Las Virgenes Creek, an important tributary to Malibu Creek and Lagoon.

The City of Torrance will work cooperatively with the West Basin Municipal Water District to rehabilitate Madrona Marsh. This project will expand open-water habitat, establish riparian vegetation, remove non-native species, cultivate native scrub plants, and distribute recycled water to the site. It will also serve as a model for other similar urban storm water management and wetland restoration and enhancement projects.

The Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains and the Topanga Creek Watershed Committee will develop a Lagoon and Lower Watershed Restoration Plan that will fully integrate the recreational, water quality improvement, and habitat enhancement needs of the area.

The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority plans to eradicate Arundo donax (Giant reed) and other non-native plants along Topanga Creek and the Malibu Creek watershed.

The National Park Service plans to eradicate False caper (Euphorbia terracina) and other invasive perennial weeds, and restore native plants along Solstice Creek. The focus of the project is riparian understory restoration and enhancement, however non-native ornamental trees will also be removed. This project is restoring Solstice Creek as viable southern steelhead trout habitat.

UCLA Institute of the Environment will identify the causes of degradation in the Bay’s intertidal habitats, such as poor water quality, over-harvesting of intertidal species, and abuse by humans. Researchers will identify, evaluate, and recommend practical restoration techniques.

California Department of Parks and Recreation will assess the environmental impacts, alternatives and costs of removing Rindge Dam and restoring Malibu Lagoon and Creek.

Santa Monica Bay
Restoration Commission
320 West 4th Street,
Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Phone: (213) 576-6615
Fax: (213) 576-6646

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