November 2014

Mitigation project a win-win for community

The RTC was featured in the Resource Conservation District’s (RCD) just released 2013 Annual Report as a key partner in the Manabe Wetland Restoration Project in Watsonville. Quoting the report “Completion of this project represents the success of a groundbreaking pilot program spearheaded by the RCD that links transportation mitigation funds to implementation of high priority restoration projects here in the County — a major accomplishment for all of the partners involved.” Environmental mitigations were required as part of the Highway 1 Soquel/Morrissey Auxiliary Lanes project. As RTC Executive Director George Dondero notes in the report:

“This project represents a win-win for the community; a heavily traveled section of our major transportation corridor was improved that will help keep traffic out of neighborhoods, and the Regional Transportation Commission was able to dedicate mitigation funds to a local project to restore critical wildlife habitat in south Santa Cruz County.” For more about the project, please see page 8-9 of the Annual Report.

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