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San Gregorio Creek to have habitat restored

A project to restore the habitat of the San Gregorio Creek watershed on the San Mateo County coast has won a $441,146 federal grant for the work, to be performed by the firm American Rivers.

The 52-square-mile San Gregorio watershed provides water for an agricultural community and for sensitive and endangered species, including coho salmon and steelhead trout.

"With this project, we want to show that it is possible to increase water quality and restore habitat while maintaining agricultural productivity," Elizabeth Soderstrom, senior director for conservation in the California office of American Rivers, said.

The project has six goals:

• Restore the natural flows in the creek

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• Improve the health of the creek so the ecosystem and surrounding communities will be better able to deal with higher temperatures, floods and droughts that will come with global warming

• Increase the population of endangered species

• Measure improvements in water quality

• Create a replicable model that can be used in other California coastal watersheds

The grant for the project is from the Environmental Protection Agency West Coast Estuaries Initiative.

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In addition to American Rivers, other project partners include the Natural Heritage Institute, San Gregorio Environmental Research Center, Stillwater Sciences and the United States Geological Survey. Advisory committee members include staff from other agencies, including the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.

-- Don Kazak

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San Gregorio Creek to have habitat restored

Uploaded: Tue, Nov 18, 2008, 2:25 pm

A project to restore the habitat of the San Gregorio Creek watershed on the San Mateo County coast has won a $441,146 federal grant for the work, to be performed by the firm American Rivers.

The 52-square-mile San Gregorio watershed provides water for an agricultural community and for sensitive and endangered species, including coho salmon and steelhead trout.

"With this project, we want to show that it is possible to increase water quality and restore habitat while maintaining agricultural productivity," Elizabeth Soderstrom, senior director for conservation in the California office of American Rivers, said.

The project has six goals:

• Restore the natural flows in the creek

• Improve the health of the creek so the ecosystem and surrounding communities will be better able to deal with higher temperatures, floods and droughts that will come with global warming

• Increase the population of endangered species

• Measure improvements in water quality

• Create a replicable model that can be used in other California coastal watersheds

The grant for the project is from the Environmental Protection Agency West Coast Estuaries Initiative.

In addition to American Rivers, other project partners include the Natural Heritage Institute, San Gregorio Environmental Research Center, Stillwater Sciences and the United States Geological Survey. Advisory committee members include staff from other agencies, including the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.

-- Don Kazak

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