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    Channel Islands

    National Park California

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    Santa Barbara Island is closed to public access due to damage from the recent storms to the pier landing ladder. The closure will be in place until a new ladder can be fabricated and installed. The closure is expected to last over a month. More »

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    Certain Santa Barbara Island trails are closed to all public entry to proctect breeding populations of California brown pelicans. More »

Assessment of Coastal Water Resources and Watershed Conditions

Tim Hauf

This report is a cooperative effort between the Marine Science Institute, University of California Santa Barbara, and the National Park Service, and provides a summary of the current status of aquatic resources (freshwater and marine) at Channel Islands National Park. The purpose of this report was to examine existing information pertaining to water quality, the condition of aquatic habitats and their biota, sources of point and non-point pollution in the region, avenues of transport of pollutants to Park waters, and threats to aquatic resources stemming from consumptive and non-consumptive uses of Park habitat. In addition, the report identifies current information gaps and makes recommendations for addressing them.

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Cover Page and Executive Summery (PDF, 240 Kb)
I. Park Description (PDF, 1.5 Mb)
II. Assessment of Water Quality (PDF, 2 Mb)
III. Other Concerns (PDF, 845 Kb)
References and Appendices (PDF, 727 Kb)

Full-sized document (PDF, 5 Mb)

Did You Know?

Bechers Bay coastline on Santa Rosal Island

Although the park is within 60 miles of 18 million people, it is home to 175 miles of pristine undeveloped coastline.