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Conservation Issues of the Ventana Chapter | monterey county

The unraveling of Elkhorn Slough
October 2009

These comparison photos and the topographic map below show the changes which have occurred in Elkhorn Slough over the years. The railroad line can clearly be seen on the map and then identified in the photographs.

In the 1931 photo the expansive extent of the salt marsh matches the marsh indicated on the 1914 map, but by 1956, one can see that the marsh had been drained and farm fields established. In the 2005 photo, the farming has ceased, but the land has subsided and water is displacing marsh. To learn about the causes and a proposed solution, click here.

Elkhorn Slough


Elkhorn Slough


Elkhorn Slough


Elkhorn Slough


Elkhorn Slough



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