Dry Canyon Creek is a crucial link between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. In 2006, MRT began a project to restore and improve the natural wetland and riparian habitat (the stream corridor and vegetation) along the banks of Dry Canyon Creek, a year-round headwater of the Los Angeles River.
Using funding from the State Department of Water Resources, Urban Streams Restoration Program and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, MRT used heavy equipment to free the stream of unnatural substances such as large cement blocks, then planted native vegetation. The restoration improves the stream's functions of flood mitigation, erosion reduction, recharging groundwater aquifers, increasing stream capacity, nutrient recycling, improving water quality, and providing essential breeding, nesting, feeding and refuge habitat for many birds, reptiles, and mammals. Dry Canyon Creek wetland and riparian habitat restoration contributes to the water quality from upstream watersheds and tributaries within the Santa Monica Mountains to the downstream Los Angeles River that empties into the Pacific Ocean.
The restoration work, located at MRT's Headwaters Corner continues to be monitored and offers on-going educational opportunities to help communities understand the importance of protecting their natural environment.