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Soil project benefits Elkhorn Slough, Pajaro Levee

Posted: Friday, Aug 23rd, 2013

Tidal Wetland Project director Monique Fountain and Dave Feliz, reserve manager, explain how they are reclaiming slough land at Elkhorn Slough with soil hauled in from Watsonville Thursday. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — For the past two weeks, a fleet of trucks has been plying the roads between the Pajaro River Levee and Elkhorn Slough Reserve, hauling tons of dirt from where it is no longer needed to a place where it desperately is.

The work by the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve is a key part of the organization’s $6 million Tidal Marsh Restoration Project, designed to restore 100 acres of wetlands.

Organizers expect it to bring back key habitat in the reserve, restore native plant species and encourage the return of myriad wildlife.

The trucks are taking more than 60,000 cubic yards of dirt from the Pajaro River Levee to Moonglow Dairy near Elkhorn Slough, where it will be stored until the necessary permits are in place. At that point it will be pushed into the slough in an effort to raise 18 acres of degraded marsh to a level that will support tidal salt marsh.

For the complete article see the 08-24-2013 issue.

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