Proposed Bolsa Chica Wetlands Restoration Project

Poseidon Water’s Proposed Bolsa Chica Wetlands Restoration Project

 

In conjunction with the operations of its Huntington Beach Desalination Project, Poseidon Water has proposed to state regulators to assume responsibility for maintenance of tidal action to the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve (Bolsa Chica) wetlands.  This restoration action – helping maintain a functioning ocean inlet – will assure long-term and effective tidal action to support estuarine and coastal fish populations in this important regional wetland habitat.

 

Bolsa Chica is an approximately 1,500-acre coastal estuary located in Huntington Beach.  The property is owned by the State Lands Commission and is managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and is the largest saltwater marsh between Monterey Bay and the Tijuana River Estuary.  Bolsa Chica wetlands have a variety of vital functions including; natural flood control, organic water purification, land erosion control, as well as providing critical habitat to more than 1,100 species, including 50 endangered fish and wildlife species.  Approximately 30,000 people visit the reserve each year for recreational activities, educational tours and wildlife watching.

 

While much work has been done to restore and maintain the wetlands, funds are drying up.  California has already lost 91 percent of its wetlands – more than any other state – and the Bolsa Chica Lowlands are the last remaining large-scare wetlands in the state south of Monterey.

 

You can view Poseidon Water’s proposed Marine Life Mitigation Plan by clicking on this link: 

 

To review the Fact Sheet that summarizes the mitigation plan, please click here.

 

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