About the Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy

The Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy is a community-based group of private citizens organized in 1985 working toward a common goal: saving our wetlands. The Conservancy is a California non-profit, tax-exempt public benefit corporation, whose Board of Directors, contributors and volunteers represent many different occupations and backgrounds.

As a non-profit corporation, the Conservancy works with local, state and federal agencies and property owners to acquire, restore and manage the coastal wetlands in the Orange County coastal zone. Funding for new projects and for restored wetlands maintenance comes from conservation bonds, state and federal grant funds, private donations, and contributions from interested citizens like you.

While protected from development by the Coastal Act of 1976, the wetlands of Huntington Beach cannot be made fully productive as a biological and educational resource without significant restoration work and ongoing management.

The Conservancy owns and manages 127 acres of the Huntington Beach wetlands, including the including the 27 acres of coastal dunes. Our marshes include: Talbert Marsh, located between Brookhurst Street and the Santa Ana River along the Pacific Coast Highway and restored in 1989, the degraded wetlands that are now Talbert Marsh were restored with direct tidal access. Today, the marsh is one of the most successful saltwater marsh restoration projects in the state. The Brookhurst Marsh, located between Brookhurst Street and Magnolia street was restored in 2009 and the Magnolia Marsh and a portion of the Upper Magnolia Marsh between Magnolia Street the AES Power Plant and the HBWC headquarters were restored in 2010. And the Newland Marsh, which will add another 49 acres of wetlands, acquisition should be completed by year-end 2020 and the restoration in 2023/2024.

Additionally, in 2010 the work was completed to the Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy's Interpretive Center. This facility, made possible through grants from the California State Coastal Conservancy and the Wildlife Conservation Board, houses a 3D diorama which depicts life in and above our marshes. There is additional educational information in our center explaining life in the marshes, why we should keep them clean and protected, and what marshes do for our ecology, and much, much more.