Amigos Website Now Hosting Bolsa Chica Lowlands Restoration Project Monitoring Documents
By Rachael Woodfield

The Bolsa Chica Lowland Restoration Project Biological Monitoring and Follow-up Plan was prepared by the US Fish and Wildlife Service in 2001 to monitor the effects of the restoration. Responsibility for implementation of the plan before and during construction was held by the USFWS. Long-term responsibility for implementation of the Monitoring Plan was assumed post-construction by the California State Lands Commission. The purpose of the monitoring program was to document the habitat improvements for fish and wildlife, the result of revegetation efforts, the use of the site by endangered species, and to ensure the inlet was properly maintained, constructed nesting areas had adequate maintenance, the rare plant Coast Woolly Heads was protected, and that construction impacts to Belding’s Savannah Sparrow were minimized and offset through post-construction improvements to marsh habitat. The monitoring program also allowed for the evaluation of project objectives established in the accepted project design that was evaluated in the project Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement and approved by federal, state, and local agencies.

The State Lands Commission contracted Merkel & Associates, Inc. and its team to implement the Biological and Beach Monitoring Plans. The monitoring team included Merkel & Associates, Moffatt & Nichol Engineers, Coastal Frontiers, and Chambers Group, Inc. The ten-year post-restoration monitoring program was conducted from October 2007 to September 2016. All reports generated from this program can be found on this site's restoration page. In addition, available reports on nesting Western Snowy Plovers since 2002 at Bolsa Chica are provided.