Santa Cruz County
The IWRP program originated in Santa Cruz County and therefore has a long record of successful projects completed for habitat enhancement.
The IWRP program’s role has been to coordinate and facilitate partners in the area to complete high quality projects in priority areas. The case studies highlight how with relatively minimal investment into the IWRP coordination, projects are able to leverage funding sources for coordinated implementation. Key projects in Santa Cruz County include: a series of fish passage projects along Corralitos Creek – a tributary to the Pajaro River, enhancement projects along Soquel Creek Corridor, and Lower Scott Creek enhancement projects.
In Monterey County, fisheries biologists identified the Big Sur River barrier as the most important fish passage barrier for IWRP to address along the Monterey Coast.
The IWRP program was able to leverage their investment at a 13:1 ratio to open up this critical habitat for listed fish species. Key projects in Monterey County include: removal of a concrete crossing on Big Sur River and stream restoration along Santa Rita Creek.
San Mateo County
Similar to the other counties, the IWRP program has been successful in leveraging investments in coordinated design and planning to implement a range of barrier removal projects.
These are supported by streamflow enhancement work completed by partners. Key projects in San Mateo County include: fish passage barrier removal along Pescadero Creek.
Besides direct project implementation, additional outcomes have highlighted the success of the IWRP program.
These include listed species recovery, rural roads sediment reduction, resolution of long-standing resource conflicts, helping landowners navigate the permit process, as well as others.
Over 150 projects have been completed in Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Mateo Counties since 2003.
These projects include: fish passage, assessments, invasive species removal, sediment reduction, habitat enhancement and others. The IWRP map captures key information on each project, showing the diversity and comprehensiveness of projects throughout the Central Coast.