Mission Canyon Restoration Project

Mission Canyon Stream Restoration Project

Southern California Edison’s Stream Restoration Project is aimed at repairing and restoring the environment in Mission Canyon.  

In 2019, road grading and vegetation management by SCE crews generated unintended environmental damages. This work was conducted as part of SCE’s regular maintenance of the Mission Canyon access road to ensure crews can safely reach electrical infrastructure that serves the Santa Barbara community. SCE deeply regrets that a breakdown in our processes led to that incident.  


Our priority is the safety of our customers, team members and the communities we serve. Our commitment to safety and the environment is at the core of the Stream Restoration Project.  

We are committed to completing all remediation work and restoring impacted areas of Mission Canyon to pre-2019 habitat and stream conditions.  

Upon its completion, the Stream Restoration Project will result in:

  • Removal of rocks and debris
  • Restoration of stream hydrology, habitats and ecosystems
  • Stabilization of creek banks and slopes
  • Remediation of impacted trees and woodland areas
  • Rehabilitation of sensitive species populations

SCE is complying with all environmental permitting requirements and is coordinating with the City and County of Santa Barbara, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board and U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. 

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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife conducted an environmental review of the Stream Restoration Project as lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).  The Mission Canyon Stream Habitat Restoration Project Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration (SCH# 2024020190) is available for public review via CDFW’s website: https://wildlife.ca.gov/Notices/CEQA. The public comment period will run through March 7, 2024. 

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Construction for the Stream Restoration Project is projected to take place in 2024 and will take as much as six months to complete. The construction period is weather dependent, subject to change and may be completed in phases.  

In progress:

  • We will share status updates on project construction here as they develop.  

Completed to date:

  • Emergency site stabilization, including erosion control and clearing rocks and debris to allow safe passage on the road and trail.
  • Road repairs, including repairing the road surface, berms and drains, removing loose rock and remediating 96 native trees. 
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We remain committed to working with the Santa Barbara community, as well as our county and agency partners. Questions about the Stream Restoration Project may be directed to our Mission Canyon SCE information line at 805-654-7223.   

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