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SAWA Habitat Restoration Services Department Projects

SAWA has conducted native habitat restoration and invasive non-native plant removal for over 20 years, and currently manages far-flung riparian habitat restoration projects at more than 50 locations throughout a 2,600-square-mile area. With a veteran staff of habitat restoration specialists and biologists, SAWA conducts environmental management projects, working collaboratively with governmental agencies, developers, other non-profit organizations, and private citizens. Clients for these services include resource agencies, flood control districts, developers, local governments, regulatory agencies and non-profit conservation organizations. SAWA projects may include some or all of the following:

  • RESTORING: comprehensive habitat management planning, invasive plant removal and habitat restoration services.
  • REPORTING: habitat management plan reports, project financial reports, annual reports, and scientific studies
  • MONITORING: continual monitoring and management of plant and wildlife activity

The following are examples of SAWA Habitat Restoration Service projects:

Riverside Flood Control & Water Conservation District—Santa Ana River Non-Native Invasive Plant Removal

Project Dates: November 2016 through 2018

Description: The Santa Ana Watershed Association (SAWA) conducted non-native plant removal and herbicide applications to non-native vegetation within the Santa Ana River. The total project acreage was approximately 264.83 acres with approximately 26.84 acres of non-native vegetation removed/treated. Multiple staff members worked on this project. SAWA’s Habitat Restoration Services (HRS) manager conducted initial surveys, estimation, scheduling and oversight of the project. SAWA’s HRS-licensed lead technician and field technicians were responsible for the daily herbicide applications to ensure that only non-native species were treated. SAWA also subcontracted with the Orange County Conservation Corps (OCCC) to conduct chainsaw work required under this project. SAWA performed regulatory reporting.

 

Riverside Flood Control & Water Conservation District—Lake Elsinore Outlet Channel and Gunnerson Pond Non-Native Invasive Plant Removal

Project Dates: November 2016 through 2018

Description: SAWA conducted non-native plant removal and herbicide applications to non-native vegetation within the Lake Elsinore Outlet Channel and around the perimeter of Gunnerson Pond. The total project acreage was approximately 75.2 acres with approximately 2.4 acres of non-native vegetation removed/treated. SAWA’s HRS manager conducted initial surveys, estimation, scheduling and oversight of the project. SAWA’s HRS-licensed lead technician and field technicians were responsible for the daily herbicide applications to ensure that only non-native species were treated. In addition, SAWA biologists monitored the project to avoid migratory bird nesting areas to ensure no impact on listed species occurred. SAWA also subcontracted the OCCC to conduct chainsaw work required under this project. SAWA performed regulatory reporting.

 

Riverside County Parks—Jack Rabbit Trail

Project Dates: December 2014 to April 2015

Description: Riverside County Parks had received a grant to prevent OHV access to some of their lands located off of Jack Rabbit Trail and to restore native habitat. Riverside County Parks contracted with SAWA to provide “specialty habitat restoration services” for them. SAWA installed two 5,000-gallon water tanks and ran irrigation to a 13-acre area, which was planted with more than 1,000 native plants. In addition, SAWA treated non-native vegetation throughout the 268-acre site. SAWA’s HRS manager conducted initial site assessments, mapped non-native vegetation, and designed the irrigation system and plant palettes. SAWA’s restoration technicians oversaw the OCCC members and assisted with the planting and installation of the water system. In addition, SAWA’s restoration technicians conducted herbicide applications to non-native vegetation. SAWA performed regulatory reporting.

 

California State Water Resources Control Board—Proposition 50 Arundo Removal and Habitat Restoration Project

Project Dates: April 2008 to March 2014

Description: SAWA was hired to remove approximately 785 acres of invasive plant species within a 995-acre site in Hidden Valley Wildlife Area in Riverside. SAWA also maintained a restoration site of 11 acres within a 40-acre site in Carbon Canyon. SAWA planted 40 acres of native plants and placed four 5,000 gallon tanks with water pumps and irrigation piping to the 40 acres of native plantings. SAWA’s HRS manager conducted initial site assessments, mapped non-native vegetation, and designed the irrigation system and plant palettes. SAWA conducted initial removal and the first five years of herbicide applications. SAWA’s restoration technicians undertook all the planting and installation of irrigation throughout the 40-acre restoration site. In addition, SAWA’s restoration technicians conducted herbicide applications to non-native vegetation and maintained the irrigation system in the restoration area. SAWA performed regulatory reporting both for the grant and its California Department of Fish and Wildlife 1600 Permit.

 

City of Chino Hills—Hickory Creek Habitat Mitigation Project

Project Dates: May 2017 through April 2021

Description: SAWA was hired to remove approximately 2 acres of invasive plant species within the city’s natural habit on Hickory Creek. Santa Ana Watershed is planting over 500 plants on the 2 acres and maintaining the site to the specifications outlined in the HCMP requirements.

 

Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority—Habitat Mitigation (Prado Basin)

Project Dates: September 2011 through October 2017

Description: SAWA was contracted by the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA) to conduct non-native plant removal and restoration for a 10.25-acre project area in the Prado Basin. SAWA subcontracted the initial planting and herbicide application. After two years, SAWA then took over herbicide application responsibilities and did ongoing planting of 10-foot pole cuttings to ensure the site met its goals. At the project conclusion, SAWA met all of the mitigation goals and the regulatory agencies signed off on the mitigation as complete. SAWA’s HRS manager conducted initial site assessments, mapped non-native vegetation and designed the plant palettes. SAWA also hired one removal contractor to conduct the initial removal and the first two years of herbicide applications. SAWA’s restoration technicians assisted with the planting throughout the 10.25-acre restoration site. In addition, SAWA’s restoration technicians conducted herbicide applications to non-native vegetation.

 

 

For service inquiries, contact Project Manager James Law at 951 780-1012, or via email