Lower Natividad

Status Completed County Monterey
Project Type Non-mitigation Location 36.68927° N, -121.62377° W Map
Project Area (Acres) 24.00 Last Updated 8 February 2017

Project Identification

7502 NRRSS - Record Number

Habitat Plan

ActivityHabitatSubHabitatAcresActivity StatusWater Regime
Restoration Depressional Wetland Open water 20.00 Construction completed
Restoration Riverine Wetland Riparian area 4.00 Construction completed

Related Habitat Impacts

HabitatAcres LostType of Loss
No Data


Natividad Creek Construction completed 24.00


DateTypeDescriptionSite Name
2010-01-01 Groundwork end Estimated date Natividad Creek
2009-10-01 Project entered Project entered into database
2001-01-01 Groundwork start Estimated date Natividad Creek


Contact Laura Lee Lienk Watershed Institute Not applicable/Unknown


Restoration State Water Resources Control Board

Related CRAM Assessments

Visit DateVersionSite NameWetland TypeIndex Score
2015-05-01 6.1 Lower Nativadad perennial/seasonal depressional 64
2010-07-29 5.0.2 Lower Natividad 1 perennial/seasonal depressional 67
2010-07-29 5.0.2 Lower Natividad 2 perennial/seasonal depressional 61
2010-07-29 5.0.2 Lower Natividad 3 perennial/seasonal depressional 55
2008-04-17 5.0.1 Lower Natividad perennial/seasonal depressional 59

Performance Criteria

StatusDetailsEvaluation Date
No Data

Project Description

Aesthetics/Recreation/Education, Flow Modification, In-stream Habitat Improvement, Water Quality Management. Project restored the riparian corridor along Natividad Creek in the city of Salinas, and re-graded a ponded area for habitat improvement and water quality remediation. To continue to reduce NPSP using a water quality management area (WMA) framework involving low-cost, highly effective ecological engineering techniques. The project builds upon the comprehensive watershed management plan for Salinas Valley, initiated by the Watershed Institute in 1993 in the Natividad and Gabilan subwatershed of the Salinas Valley. The proposed project would implement the next phase of the plan, to construct WMAs in the lower watershed, around Castroville and Elkhorn Slough. The project would focus on restoring the wet corridors at Carr Lake in the City of Salinas; this would provide significant water quality improvement, retain surface water for irrigation and ground water recharge, provide flood control, and protect endangered species and ecosystems. This project would include the participation of a Working Group comprised of over 30 regional agencies, landowners, and businesses, including the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the State Coastal Conservancy, and California State University Monterey Bay as close partners. Public education, through the Return of the Natives Program, is the keystone of this project and will ensure community involvement in restoration and protection of the Salinas Valley watershed for the long term.
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Name File Type Submitted On Submitted By
Creeks of Salinas website Other 2009-11-03 Cara Clark, MLML
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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 (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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