Crews have begun preparing for a Buck Gully erosion project, setting up fences near the Little Corona restrooms in advance of heavy construction that will begin next week, city staff said.
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 run-off and could prevent homes from sliding down the hillside if a major storm caused serious erosion.
The project also will restore the area's natural habitat, which has undergone major changes since the 1990s when construction in Newport Coast changed the gully from mostly dry to mostly wet.
Construction will take about four months, plus another six months to replant vegetation. The work includes building a temporary road from the restroom area down to the gully, then replanting the road when work is complete. The restrooms will be closed during construction with temporary facilities planned.