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Core Watersheds

Many of the problems that are now associated with most of California's waterways stem from the fact that natural watershed functions that served to maintain high water quality and wildlife (e.g. filtering pollutants, recharging aquifers, providing flood storage capacity, and providing habitat) have been disrupted. Restoration of the core of the watershed has proven to be one of the most technically and scientifically sound, and cost effective, means for solving many of these problems simply by restoring the natural function of wetlands. Over the past several years Coastal Conservation & Research has partnered with Moss Landing Marine Laboratories to restore wetland habitats throughout the Moro Cojo Watershed. Restoration sites have varied histories, but all have been subject to farming, grazing, diking, or other anthropogenic impacts for the last century or more. As such, their habitat value has been substantially degraded. Decommissioning of ditches, pond creation, and diverting agricultural runoff onto to the land, rather than funneling it into Monterey Bay, has benefited flora and fauna and improved water quality. Funding for this project includes a California Proposition 13 Nonpoint Source Control grant from the State Water Resources Control Board for "Implementation of the Moro Cojo Management and Enhancement Plan."

We work closely with the Central Coast Wetlands Group at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories and are currently collaborating on numerous projects