Santa Clara River Riparian Restoration and Community Engagement for the Santa Paula-to-Sespe Conservation Area

Status In-progress County Ventura
Project Type Non-mitigation Location 34.36741° N, -118.99494° W Map
Project Area (Acres) 6,000 Last Updated 20 May 2021
Project Abstract This project will implement invasive plant control for approximately 2,767 acres, and habitat restoration and wetland creation as part of a restoration program for 16 river miles of the Santa Clara River floodplain, inclusive of Sespe and Santa Paula Creeks integrating public access and community involvement.
Project Groups Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project
Administrative Region Southern California Wetland Recovery Project - Katie Nichols, State Coastal Conservancy

Project Identification

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Habitat Plan

Site NamePhaseActivitySubActivitiesHabitatSubHabitatAcresActivity StatusWater Regime
Santa Paula-to-Sespe Conservation Area Implementation Restoration (unspecified) Riverine Wetland Riparian area 6,000 Implementation in-progress

Related Habitat Impacts

Impact Project NameHabitatAcres LostType of Loss
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Santa Paula-to-Sespe Conservation Area In-progress/Implementation 6,000


DateTypeDescriptionSite Name
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Contact Shawn Kelly Santa Clara River Conservancy Santa Clara River Conservancy


Funding Need: $16,400,000

Implementation Restoration (unspecified) Unknown/Unspecified $7,350,000

Related CRAM Assessments

Visit DateVersionSite NameWetland TypeIndex Score
2023-05-31 6.1 SMC00772 riverine non-confined 66
2022-06-02 6.1 SMC00772 riverine non-confined 73
2022-06-02 6.1 403M01657 riverine non-confined 82
2021-06-02 6.1 SMC00772 riverine non-confined 72
2018-06-06 6.1 NRS_CA_10011 Santa Clara River riverine non-confined 67
2017-07-19 6.1 Santa Clara River 403RS230 riverine non-confined 61
2015-06-29 6.1 SMC2_01505 riverine non-confined 67
2014-05-29 6.1 SMC05759 riverine non-confined 74
2013-06-19 6.1 Santa Clara River 0902 riverine non-confined 73
2013-06-12 6.1 Santa Clara River riverine non-confined 76
2012-08-28 5.0.2 Mountain View Golf Course perennial/seasonal depressional 40
2011-07-13 5.0.2 SMC01215 riverine non-confined 72
2011-06-15 5.0.2 Sespe Creek (lower) riverine non-confined 66
2010-06-21 5.0.2 SMC05759 riverine non-confined 73
2010-06-01 5.0.2 Santa Clara River riverine non-confined 65
2009-05-20 5.0.2 Sespe Creek upstream of Fillmore riverine non-confined 63

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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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