Arroyo Burro Estuary and Mesa Creek Restoration

Status Completed County Santa Barbara
Project Type Non-mitigation Location 34.40471° N, -119.73977° W Map
Project Area (Acres) 0.64

Project Identification

IDType
4-04-0008 CCC - Coastal Development Permit
1600-2004-0229-R5 CDFW - Streambed Alteration Agreement
not recorded-SCC RES SCC - Project Number (Restoration)
not recorded-401Cert SWRCB - 401 Certification Letter (e.g., Site Number or WDID)
200301218-JCM USACE - Nationwide General Permit

Habitat Plan

ActivityHabitatSubHabitatAcresActivity StatusWater Regime
Enhancement Buffer area None 0.50 Construction completed
Creation Estuarine Wetland Marsh 0.14 Construction completed

Related Habitat Impacts

HabitatAcres Lost
No Data

Sites

NameStatusAcres
Arroyo Burro Estuary Construction completed 0.64

Events

DateTypeDescriptionSite Name
2012-11-01 Monitoring end Estimated date Arroyo Burro Estuary
2008-06-01 Project entered Project entered into database
2007-11-01 Monitoring start Estimated date Arroyo Burro Estuary
2006-12-01 Groundwork end Estimated date Arroyo Burro Estuary
2006-06-01 Groundwork start Estimated date Arroyo Burro Estuary
2005-03-09 Permit USACE permit issued
2004-12-09 Permit CDP permit issued
2004-09-29 Permit CDFG SAA permit issued
2004-09-03 Permit RWQCB permit issued

People

TypeNameOrganizationDepartment
Contact George Johnson City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation, City Creeks Division

Funding

ActivityFunderAmount
Enhancement SCC State Coastal Conservancy
Enhancement USFWS Coastal Program at San Francisco Bay
Enhancement WCB California Riparian Habitat Conservation Program

Related CRAM Assessments

Visit DateVersionSite NameWetland TypeIndex Score
2010-09-01 5.0.2 Arroyo Burro/Mesa Creek(revisit) estuarine perennial non-saline 64
2010-09-01 5.0.2 Mesa Creek revisit riverine confined 79
2008-08-18 5.0.1 Arroyo Burro riverine confined 63
2008-08-18 5.0.1 Arroyo Burro riverine confined 65
2007-07-19 4.6 Arroyo Burro Estuary estuarine perennial non-saline 63
2007-07-19 4.6 Mesa Creek riverine non-confined 62

Performance Criteria

StatusDetailsEvaluation Date
All criteria met See the Year 1 Status Report for this project. 2008-06-01

Project Description

Description
No Data
Upload files or links
Name File Type Submitted On Submitted By
Aerial Photos of Project Site Photo 2008-06-30 Christopher Solek, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project
Aerial Photos of Project Site.pdf

Aerial imagery of Arroyo Burro Restoration Project Site

April 2007 Planting List Data Set 2008-06-30 Christopher Solek, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project
Att 3_April 2007 Plant list.doc

April 2007 Planting List for the Arroyo Burro Restoration Project

Arroyo Burro Preliminary Restoration Plans Plan Or Permit 2008-06-30 Christopher Solek, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project
AB Estuary Draft Prelim Plans.ppt

Plans of proposed site layout, landscaping, and tree removal/protection.

Arroyo Burro and Mesa Creek ribbon cutting ceremony announcement Other 2008-06-30 Christopher Solek, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project
ArroyoBurroRibbonCuttingProjectElements.pdf

Jnauary 17, 2007 ribbon cutting ceremony announcement for the Arroyo Burro and Mesa Creek Restoration Project

December 18, 2006 Photopoint Photographs Photo 2008-06-30 Christopher Solek, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project
plant mont rpt att 7a 12-18-06 pics 07.pdf

Photopoint Photographs from the Arroyo Burro Restoration Project dated December 18, 2006

December 2006 Planting List Data Set 2008-06-30 Christopher Solek, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project
Att 2_December 2006 Planting List.doc

December 2006 Planting List for the Arroyo Burro Restoration Project.

Existing Topography at the Project Site Other 2008-06-30 Christopher Solek, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project
SWPP Fig 2.pdf

Existing Topography at the Arroyo Burro Restoration Project Site.

Final Year 1 Annual Report Monitoring Report 2008-06-30 Christopher Solek, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project
Final Year 1 Annual Report 12-28-07.pdf

This report covers the restoration maintenance assessment and monitoring associated with this project that was conducted throughout 2007.

Location of Project Site Other 2008-06-30 Christopher Solek, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project
SWPP Fig 1.pdf

Diagrammatic map of the Arroyo Burro Restoration Project site location.

March 8, 2007 Photopoint Photographs Photo 2008-06-30 Christopher Solek, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project
plant mont rpt Att 7b 3-8-07 pics 07.pdf

Photopoint Photographs for the Arroyo Burro Restoration project dated March 8, 2007

October 2007 Planting List Data Set 2008-06-30 Christopher Solek, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project
Att 4_ October 2007 Planting List.doc

October 2007 Planting List for the Arroyo Burro Restoration Project

Project Site Native Plant Species List Data Set 2008-06-30 Christopher Solek, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project
Att 9_master plant list.doc

Master plant species list for the Arroyo Burro Restoration project

Project Site Non-native Plant Species List Data Set 2008-06-30 Christopher Solek, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project

Master non-native plant species list for the Arroyo Burro Restoration Project

Restoration Landscape Plan Plan Or Permit 2008-06-30 Christopher Solek, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project
Att 1_restoration landscape plan.pdf

Restoration Landscape Plan for the Arroyo Burro Restoration Project. City of Santa Barbara, Public Works Dept., Engineering Division.

How to Use the Habitat Development Curve

Habitat Development Curves (HDCs) are used to determine the developmental status and trajectory of on-the-ground projects to create, restore, or enhance California wetland and stream habitats. Each HDC is based on assessments of habitat condition for different age areas of one habitat type that in aggregate represent the full spectrum of habitat development. The assessments of condition are provided by expert applications of the California Rapid Assessment Method (CRAM). Visit the CRAM website for more information about CRAM.

For each HDC, reference condition is represented by areas of a habitat that consistently get very high CRAM scores, have not been subject to disruptive management practices, and exist within landscapes that are protected and managed for their natural conditions. The horizontal lines intersecting the top of an HDC represent the mean CRAM score and standard deviation of scores for 25 qualifying reference areas.

The age of a project is estimated as the elapsed time in years between the groundwork end date for the project and the date of the CRAM assessment. To add or update a groundwork end date, use the Project Events form in Project Tracker (ptrack.ecoatlas.org). The minimum age in years of a non-project area, including any natural reference area, is estimated from all available local information, including historical maps and imagery, historical written accounts, and place-specific scientific studies of habitat development.

An HDC can be used to address the following questions:

  1. At what time in the future will the area of assessed habitat achieve the reference condition or other milestones in habitat development? The HDC can answer this question if the CRAM score for the assessed area is within the confidence interval of the HDC. The answer is the time in years along the HDC between the current age of the assessed area and the future date corresponding to the intersection of the HDC and the reference condition or other milestone.
  2. Is the area of assessed habitat likely to develop faster, slower, or at the same pace as most other areas of the same habitat type? The habitat area is likely to develop faster, slower, or at the same pace if the CRAM score for the area is above, below, or within the confidence interval of the HDC, respectively.
  3. What can be done to improve the condition of the habitat area or to increase its rate of development? HDCs by themselves cannot answer this question. Possible answers can be inferred by the following analysis that involves HDCs:
    1. Examine the HDC for each of the four CRAM Attributes;
    2. Identify the Attribute(s) scoring below the HDC;
    3. For any low-scoring Attribute, examine the component Metric Scores (note: the Metric Scores for any public CRAM assessment in the CRAM database can be obtained through EcoAtlas);
    4. Assume the low score of an Attribute is due to its low-scoring Metric(s);
    5. Consider modifying the design or management of the habitat area in ways that will sustainably increase its score(s) for the low-scoring Metric(s).

For more information about CRAM Attributes and Metrics, including their scientific rationale, see the CRAM Manual.

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