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A habitat restoration project in California.

Streamlining Projects to Create Jobs

On August 31, 2011 President Obama announced that he is fast-tracking infrastructure projects—including habitat restoration efforts supported by NOAA. The goal is to streamline the federal review process so that these projects move as quickly as possible from the drawing board to completion.

NOAA’s project will create jobs—in fact, a recent report shows that coastal habitat restoration produces jobs at higher rates than other sectors, like oil and gas and road infrastructure. Every $1 million dollars spent on coastal restoration projects results in 15 new or sustained jobs, according to a 2009 report by the University of Oregon.

Track Our Progress

As part of this process, we are making information available about the project, including:

  • a list of major permitting activities needed to bring the project to shovel-ready status;
  • the expected completion date for each activity;
  • a point of contact at the agency accountable for each activity.

You can view a dashboard of all this information for our project below:

Arroyo Sequit Creek Steelhead Restoration Project, California

This habitat restoration project will remove existing physical barriers along the Arroyo Sequit watershed in northern Los Angeles County. Removal of these fish passage barriers will provide immediate access to 4.5 miles of habitat for southern California steelhead trout, which are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, and will make this entire watershed available to the species.