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The County of Orange and Army Corps of Engineers Announce Intent to Prepare Draft Environmental Impact Report for Aliso Creek Ecosystem Restoration Study

For Immediate Release
April 27, 2009

Contact: Debbie Kroner
Public Information Officer
714-834-5373

The County of Orange and Army Corps of Engineers Announce Intent to Prepare Draft Environmental Impact Report for Aliso Creek Ecosystem Restoration Study

SANTA ANA, CA. - The County of Orange’s OC Watersheds, in conjunction with the Army Corps of Engineers will host a public meeting at the Mission Viejo City Council Chambers, 200 Civic Center, Mission Viejo, on Thursday, May 7, 2009 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to discuss the Aliso Creek Ecosystem Restoration Study. Public comments are sought on their proposal to evaluate an approximately 7-mile reach of the Aliso Creek and 1,000 feet of the Wood Canyon tributary to Aliso Creek. These areas are within the Cities of Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo and Unincorporated Orange County.

The Aliso Creek project area is within an Orange County wilderness park and within the Natural Communities Conservation Plan/Habitat Conservation Plan Nature Reserve of Orange County. The creek is in a highly urbanized area with a concentrated population. Aliso Creek has numerous water resources issues related to both human actions and natural processes which have raised concerns about the long-term survival of the watershed ecosystem. Problems that have been identified include channel instability, degraded water quality, loss of fish and wildlife habitat and flood damage.

Since 1997, there have been multi-jurisdictional efforts to address issues relating to the Aliso Creek watershed. A wide range of technical studies indicate that re-establishment of a healthy and sustainable watershed environment would serve to improve the conditions of the creek. The focus of the project will be watershed improvements to restore the creek’s function and native habitat for multiple species by developing alternatives for ecosystem restoration for impacted reaches of the creek. The restoration project focuses on revitalization of the riparian vegetation community, establishment of an environmental corridor to benefit wildlife and sensitive species and creek stabilization.

Members of the public interesting in submitting comments should attend this meeting. Additional stakeholder meetings on the study will be scheduled. Information on these meetings may be obtained from Zoila Verdaguer-Finch at 714-955-0618 or Zoila.finch@ocpw.ocgov.com.