NEWPORT BEACH — A city project to control erosion along Lower Buck Gully will also restore the area's natural landscape and remove threatening birds that lay eggs in other birds' nests, according to a California Coastal Commission staff report.
The staff recommends approval of the project, which will be discussed at the Wednesday's Coastal Commission meeting.
The project involves placing wire-mesh baskets filled with river rock in the lower part of Buck Gully and installing rock structures in the upper bend of the creek. The effort will divert runoff and could prevent homes from sliding down the hillside if a major storm caused serious erosion.
Restoration is slated for the area's natural habitat, which has undergone major changes since the 1990s, the staff report states.
"Historically, Buck Creek was an ephemeral creek," the report states. "However, since the 1990s, the hillsides of the watershed have been developed with single-family residences and the Pelican Hill Golf Club.