The Elkhorn Slough Foundation - Clearing the Floodplain, Adapting to Change
The Elkhorn Slough Foundation (ESF) works to protect land and water resources in the Elkhorn watershed and surrounding areas in Monterey County, California. Impacts from climate change and sea level rise have increasing become management considerations.
The ESF has been responding to potential climate change impacts by working cooperatively to study and address salt marsh loss. In addition to working with agencies and regional research facilities, ESF has been responding to climate change challenges by working to “clear the floodplain” in a way that will allow for migration of tidal marshes and constructing water control structures that can adapt to rising sea levels. These efforts are exemplified in the Parsons Slough restoration project, an adaptive management intervention which aims to restore and maintain healthy marsh processes by constructing an underwater wall called a sill to correct ongoing tidal scour causing increased erosion in the Slough.