While we’re on the topics of stream restoration and habitat enhancement, let’s mention another exemplary project that combines ecological restoration, civic involvement, and public outreach and education. This salmon habitat improvement project case study comes from the City of Santa Maria, California in Santa Barbara County. Here, according to the Santa Maria Times ”a creek side trail will give middle school students a hands-on education in creek monitoring, restoration and preservation will be showcased at a public open house today (May 19).”
The project is sponsored by Central Coast Salmon Enhancement, Inc. and is rich in partnerships and stakeholder involvement. Project participants included:
“The city of Arroyo Grande helped with the permitting process, and Lucia Mar Unified School District provided access to the site. Paulding Middle School Creek Explorers Afterschool Program also participated in trail development.
“Boy Scouts and Master Gardeners helped restore and enhance the riparian habitat by removing exotic plant species and planting native species, and two Boy Scouts constructed information kiosks as their Eagle projects.”