Plunge Creek in the News
Southern California News Groups: San Bernardino Sun; OC Register, Redlands Daily Facts, L.A. Daily News, The Press Enterprise and the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin.
Kim Passoth, Inland Empire Spectrum News reporter, covers the Plunge Creek Conservation story and how the kangaroo rats got their backpacks. (September, 16, 2020 Photos and video taken by Stephen Readmond and provided by SBVWCD).
The San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District is expected to start the bidding process soon for the Plunge Creek Restoration Conservation Project, which involves the excavation of two pilot channels from the creek, through the historic floodplain and back to the active channel.
In a first for the region, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) awarded a Safe Harbor Agreement to the San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District (SBVWCD) to temporarily remove the kangaroo rat from its degraded habitat in order to restore it – a move designed to save the local population. Under the same agreement, an endangered plant, the Santa Ana River woolly star, was cultivated and is being planted in the new habitat area along with other native flora.