Villa Creek Estuary near Cayucos is home to two fish species that are in trouble, Tidewater goby and Steelhead trout. The estuary was once larger than it is today but was constrained decades ago by construction and agriculture. California State Parks and Creek Lands Conservation are finalizing plans to restore natural contours and enhance this habitat for fish and wildlife. This estuary restoration planning project is funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s “Impact-Directed Environmental Accounts” program, and includes permitting so that the project will be shovel-ready for the “reconstruction” phase.
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