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.
The goal of the project is to restore the Plunge Creek system back to a braided stream using natural processes and hydrology. This will allow for increased habitat for the endangered San Bernardino Kangaroo Rat and other rare and endangered species. The plan also aims to allow the water to spread our and percolate into the ground, recharging the basin.
The project goals work with the broader goals of the Santa Ana Watershed One Water One Watershed program; it includes the recharge of native surface water, the enhancement of groundwater quality, improvement of endangered species habitat, works in a collaborative setting, and achieves cost effectiveness by working on SBVWCD owned lands.
According to SBVWCD website the Plunge Creek plan has progressed since its proposal in 2016.
After hiring ICF International and Northwestern Hydraulic Consultants to help work on the project the 30 percent design report was completed and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Mitigated Negative Declaration was filed in February of 2018.