Beneath a bright blue sky, Alan Salazar, a Chumash elder, performed a traditional Native American blessing at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Medea Creek Restoration Project in Agoura Hills Thursday morning. The $1.7 million naturalization project removed an unsightly concrete section of Medea Creek on the east side of Kanan Road and restored it with native vegetation lining the banks.
“The project restores habitat, reconnects wildlife migration corridors for different animal species,” said Mayor Harry Schwarz, addressing the local dignitaries gathered “It’s going to be a wonderful place to bike and to hike and just maybe stand here in silence and just look at the beauty of it.”
Councilmember Illece Buckley Weber oversaw the project during her term as mayor last year. “I see this as a great addition for the City of Agoura Hills, for our residents, for our visitors,” she said. “Combined with our Concerts in the Park, I hope that everyone enjoys it as much as I do. It’s great for water quality and our ecosystem. Already we’re bringing species back to the area.”
For those interested in visiting the area, the address is 5500 Medea Valley Dr., Agoura Hills (next to the baseball field at Chumash Park).
Below is a portion of Salazar’s blessing.