Pajaro River Flood Protection Project Benefits Elkhorn Slough
From the Santa Cruz Sentinel:
“One after another in a constant parade Thursday, the trucks dumped their loads at the edge of Elkhorn Slough.
“They’ve been shuttling dirt dug from the benches of the Pajaro River levee down Highway 1 to the site near Moonglow Dairy for two weeks at a rate of about 175 loads a day. By the time they’re done in a day or two, they’ll have deposited more than 60,000 cubic yards of dirt, enough to cover 13 acres to a depth of four feet.
“The side benefit of the Santa Cruz County Public Works excavation project aimed at improving flood protection for Watsonville and surrounding agricultural lands will be restoration of critical wetlands at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve.”