California State Senator Janet Nguyen is pleased to announce the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has approved a $282,492 grant for the Bolsa Chica Land Trust. The grant fund comes from the voter approved Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1) Watershed Restoration Grant Programs.
The existing 600-acre Bolsa Chica Lowlands site is comprised of a full tidal basin and supports 23 endangered and special status species. Despite the success of habitat restoration at the site, project design and management protocols developed in 2004 require ongoing and physical modification of the site to ensure tidal influence and successful wetland function.
“The Bolsa Chica Wetlands are an ecological jewel that needs to be preserved for future generations,” said Senator Janet Nguyen. “The Wetlands are valued by the community and this grant comes at a critical time to ensure their maintenance.”
The Bolsa Chica Land Trust is working to develop a planning document which re-evaluates the entire restoration site, analyzes ecological function and physical parameters, and incorporates scientific innovation to create a climate resilient, sustainable restoration enhancement plan. The Bolsa Chica Land Trust aims to enhance the biological significance of these coastal wetlands with a design that works with the natural tendencies of the site. According to the Trust, without this planning effort, the wetlands are at extreme risk of failure within five years.
Proposition 1 authorized $7.545 billion in general obligation bonds to fund ecosystems and watershed protection and restoration, water supply infrastructure projects, including surface and groundwater storage, and drinking water protection. The grant funds needed to develop this critical plan were allocated in the 2017-2018 state budget.