Wetland and Riparian Restoration
Big Canyon Golf Course Wetland Restoration
Big Canyon Golf Course Wetland Restoration, Newport Beach, California – Big Canyon Country Club
The Big Canyon Golf Course wetland restoration involves the creation and enhancement of riparian and emergent/herbaceous wetland habitat onsite at the golf course as mitigation for facility enhancements and property renovations that affected federal and state jurisdictional waters and wetlands. NewFields worked with the hydrologists and engineers at WRC Consultant Services, Inc. to develop the final restoration and monitoring plan. The plan included creation and revegetation of new steam channel along a historic blue-line stream and enhancing riparian and emergent vegetation along two existing golf course lakes. NewFields is responsible for:
- Verifying plant layout, and monitoring plant installation and seeding;
- Horticultural maintenance monitoring;
- Quarterly monitoring of plant establishment during the first year after installation;
- Preparation of quarterly and annual monitoring reports.
The stream creation area, in its first year, was just under the third year performance criteria of 75 percent cover. The lake enhancement areas exceeded the fourth and fifth year performance criteria of 85 and 90 percent cover respectively. Exotic vegetation percent cover was less than 10 percent at the conclusion of the first year monitoring period. Maintenance at the site continues. At this time, the project is in compliance of all permit mitigation requirements.