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October 18, 2011

Restoring Habitat in Southern California: Comments Wanted

We want to hear from you! The Montrose Settlements Restoration Program has released a draft Phase 2 Restoration Plan, and we are asking for public comment. The draft plan summarizes restoration work that has been completed from the Phase 1 Restoration Plan and proposes projects for the next phase. The plan focuses on restoring natural resources that were affected by DDT and PCB contamination, including Channel Island Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, and seabirds, as well as fish habitat. In most cases, we will continue or expand on projects from Phase 1.

Two successful projects we will continue to fund are monitoring of the Channel Island Bald Eagles and restoration of seabird habitat on several Channel Islands. These projects had major milestones this year, including the expansion of nesting Bald Eagles to the fourth Channel Island and the discovery of nesting seabirds in recently restored habitat.

The proposed projects to restore fish habitat would focus on restoring critical kelp forest and rocky reef habitat along the Palos Verdes Shelf close to the contamination site. View the draft restoration plan now and send your comments to msrp@noaa.gov.  Comments are due by December 19, 2011.