Moss Landing Power Plant

Status Completed County Monterey
Project Type Non-mitigation Location 36.78679° N, -121.74050° W Map
Project Area (Acres) No Data Last Updated 2 May 2022
Project Abstract This project contributes to larger wetland restoration and conservation efforts in the Moro Cojo Watershed and improves the ecological value of Moss Landing Power Plant’s off-site mitigation investment. It also enhances wetland and upland habitat resources within the lower watershed and creates buffers between wetlands and agricultural land.
Administrative Region Central Coast Region - Kevin O'Connor, Moss Landing Marine Labs

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Off Site Restoration - North Finger Completed No Data
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Related CRAM Assessments

Visit DateVersionSite NameWetland TypeIndex Score
2020-09-09 6.1 Dolan Farm Sediment Basin perennial/seasonal depressional 51
2020-09-09 6.1 Dolan Farm North Finger #1 perennial/seasonal depressional 50
2020-09-09 6.1 Dolan North Finger #2 (Pond) perennial/seasonal depressional 54
2020-09-09 6.1 Dolan Farm South Finger perennial/seasonal depressional 60
2012-10-31 6.1 Granite Rock #2 (North) perennial/seasonal depressional 69
2012-10-31 6.1 Granite #1 perennial/seasonal depressional 69
2009-07-14 6.1 Dolan N. Finger Upper (#1) ephemeral depressional 51
2009-07-14 6.1 Dolan North Finger Lower - #2 ephemeral depressional 53
2009-07-06 5.0.2 Moonglow 1 perennial/seasonal depressional 63
2009-07-02 5.0.2 Granite West perennial/seasonal depressional 61
2009-07-01 5.0.2 Granite North section perennial/seasonal depressional 56
2009-02-03 5.0.2 Sediment Basin perennial/seasonal depressional 43
2009-02-03 5.0.2 South Finger Dolan Property perennial/seasonal depressional 41
2008-06-23 5.0.1 Moonglow perennial/seasonal depressional 57
2008-04-17 5.0.1 Granite Rock perennial/seasonal depressional 67

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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 ( 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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