Photo by Jacqueline Deely
Tidal Wetland Program
Working to conserve & restore tidal habitats
The Elkhorn Slough Tidal Wetland Program (TWP) was formed to address the extensive salt marsh loss in the system. About fifty percent, or 1,000 acres, of Elkhorn Slough’s salt marshes were lost over the past 150 years due to the formation of the harbor in the 1940s as well as the diking and draining of wetlands. This unique program is a collaborative effort to develop and implement strategies to conserve and restore estuarine habitats in the Elkhorn Slough watershed.
Introduction to the Program
A large part of strategic planning is working through the ecological trade-offs of different restoration scenarios.
Estuary-Wide Strategic Planning
Fifteen different local, state, and federal agencies all have jurisdiction over what happens in the slough. Click below to learn more about how they all work together to make this a better place that will still be here for future generations.
Over the last 15 years, the Tidal Wetland Program has implemented a number of projects to improve the health of the estuary.
"Scientists, researchers, and volunteers are working on an Olympian quest - to restore the Olympian oyster to once-historic levels at a coastal wetland along the Monterey Bay, an effort that may help to curb the impacts of the warming climate..."
"California's valuable remaining salt marshes are disappearing. Climate change, with its melting glaciers and warming seas, threatens to drown the remaining coastal marshes out of existence..."
In this episode of the Slough Cast podcast, Juan takes a boat trip through the slough with the legendary Ron Eby, one of the Reserve’s foremost otter experts. Join them for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Hester marsh restoration and get up close and personal with the amazing otters of Elkhorn Slough.
View the management plans and important reports that define the missions, goals, and work being done to conserve and restore habitats in the Elkhorn Slough watershed. All of these reports and associated figures are available for download.
Photo by: Michael McGreevy