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2.3.7.3 Wetlands
Ormond Beach wetlands are located in the City of Oxnard east of Port Hueneme and
west of Mugu Lagoon.  These ten fragmented sites extend southeast from the
downcoast end of the Hueneme Beach site from the wastewater treatment facility to
southeast of the power plant. The Ormond Beach wetlands total 217 acres in ten
fragmented sites along a one mile stretch of coast. Historically these wetlands were
probably connected to Mugu Lagoon through channels and sloughs. Areas of Ormond
Beach have become isolated hydrologically due to the construction of levees and dikes.
The Oxnard Drain which originates along Edison Drive, approximately 1 mile south of
the Hueneme Beach site, is connected hydrologically with Mugu Lagoon. The South
Ormond Beach wetland has been targeted for restoration. Tidewater gobies have been
collected in the Oxnard Drain and Belding's savannah sparrow breed in the pickleweed
marsh.
2.3.7.4 Sensitive Species
The federal and state endangered plant, salt marsh bird's beak, has been collected from
the dunes in the vicinity of the power plant approximately 1 mile southeast of the
downcoast end of the proposed Hueneme Beach sand placement site (CDFG 2000).
The federal and state endangered California least tern nests between Perkins Road,
approximately 2,500 ft. southeast of the Hueneme Beach site, and the power plant,
about 1 mile downcoast from Hueneme Beach. In 1999, 70 pairs of least terns fledged
63 young from the Ormond Beach colony (K. Keane, personal communication 2000).
Least terns from this colony would be expected to forage in the nearshore ocean waters
off Hueneme Beach.
The federal threatened western snowy plover also nests at Ormond Beach.  The
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has designated Critical Habitat for nesting and wintering
snowy plover from the downcoast end of the Hueneme Beach sand placement site
southeast to Arnold Road.
The state endangered Belding's savannah sparrow nests in saltmarsh near the Ormond
Beach power plant approximately 1 mile southeast of the Hueneme Beach sand
placement site (CDFG 2000). A total of 15 pair were recorded at the Ormond Beach
nesting site in 1991. More than 50 Belding's savannah sparrow were observed at
Ormond Beach in May of 1998 (CDFG 2000).
An intermittent population of tidewater goby occurs in the Oxnard Drain about 1 mile
south of the Hueneme Beach site (CDFG 2000). Tidewater gobies were collected in the
Oxnard Drain in 1995.
The federal and state endangered California brown pelican commonly feeds in
nearshore waters off Hueneme Beach as do several bird species (common loon,
double-crested cormorant, California gull, elegant tern) that are California Species of
Special Concern. The nearshore waters off Hueneme Beach are within the foraging
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