1997 Goleta Slough Ecosystem Management Plan  

Contents: Figures, Tables, Summary

Part I: Background and Natural History

Part II: The Management Plan

Part III: Appendices

List of Pages

Table 6
Overview of Subareas

(see Figure 25 for location)

Location of Subarea General Description
Subareas in and around the Slough
  • Goleta Slough
  • The Slough is approx. 400 acres in size. Most of this area is owned by the S. B. Airport and managed by the Calif. Dept. of Fish and Game as part of the Goleta Slough Ecological Reserve. It includes estuarine, palustrine and riverine wetlands, mud flats and upland habitats.
  • Department of Fish and Game Property
  • DFG owns two parcels totaling approximately ten acres that are also part of the Goleta Slough Ecological Reserve. They are bisected by Los Carneros Road and are presently isolated from tidal influence by the tide gate located in the southwest portion of the Slough. The two basins include non-tidal salt marsh, grassland and coastal scrub habitats.
  • Storke Campus Wetlands
  • Storke East and West Campus Wetlands total about 15 acres and are also bisected by Los Carneros Road and have been cut off from tidal influence by the tide gates. There are palustrine emergent wetlands, scrub-shrub wetlands, eucalyptus and willows on site. Goleta West Sanitary District lines are located within these areas.
  • Los Carneros Wetlands
  • This wetland is located north of Hollister Avenue and is a remnant of a large area that was once a part of the Slough. Grading has occurred on site but vestiges of forested wetlands remain.
    Creeks within the Ecosystem (west to east)
  • Tecolotito Creek
  • Tecolotito Creek enters the Slough from the urbanized area to the northwest. It was rerouted in 1968 when the main runway was last extended. The area downstream of Hollister Avenue is occasionally desilted and has a sediment basin. Vegetation on the upper banks includes weedy species and the lower banks have pickleweed and other wetland associated species.
  • Carneros Creek
  • Carneros Creek flows into the Slough from the north where it has been channelized below the freeway. It also was rerouted when the runway was extended. A sediment basin is located south of Hollister Avenue. The creek is estuarine up to Hollister with weeds on the upper banks.
  • San Pedro Creek
  • San Pedro Creek is located immediately east of the Airport and joins Atascadero Creek near the mouth of the Slough. The creek is partially channelized (concrete sides) south of Hollister. Tidal influence extends to the point of the creek just north of James Fowler Road. The stream banks support weedy species and some willows and the lower banks support wetland species.
  • San Jose Creek
  • There are actually two San Jose Creeks: "Old" San Jose that is a forested corridor east of the runway that has been cut off from other creeks; and San Jose Creek that is located along the west side of Ward Memorial Blvd. Portions of this creek are channelized. Most of the vegetation is weeds with some willows interspersed.
  • Atascadero Creek
  • Atascadero Creek runs east to west and empties into the Slough near its mouth. The creek is estuarine to just east of Ward Dr. It has a perennial freshwater flow and a variety of habitats including estuarine, palustrine, wet grassland , coastal sage scrub, riparian and haline vernal wetland. Flood Control activities have altered and still alter this creek channel. A remnant of the original channel exists on the Overeem or Flood Control parcel near eastern More Mesa.
  • Maria Ygnacia Creek
  • This creek is located east of Patterson Avenue. It is channelized with the banks supporting a cottonwood-willow riparian forest. This creek joins Atascadero Creek near Patterson Avenue.
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