Dry Canyon Creek is a crucial link between the aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Restoration work offers on-going educational opportunities.

Using funding from the State Department of Water Resources, Urban Streams Restoration Program and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the stream banks were reconfigured to free the stream of unnatural substances including large cement blocks and other debris, and 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 continues to be monitored and offers on-going educational opportunities to help communities understand the importance of protecting their natural environment and our impact on the watershed.