The Mission San Antonio de Padua was also established during this same time period in the Salinas valley, but not on the river itself.
History[ edit ] Before colonization, the valley was inhabited by indigenous Salinans who lived by hunting and gathering and spoke the Salinan language. In rainfall induced flood conditions, it can at times measure over a mile in width.
The projects reduce pumping of groundwater and slow down seawater intrusion. The last similar flooding event along the river was reported in These three missions were a part of the chain of 21 missionsthen commissioned by the Spanish government in what is now the American State of California.
It supplies the water for central coast cities from San Luis Obispo to Salinas as well as one of the most productive agricultural valleys in the United States.
Since they are fond of fresh water they ascend the streams so far that I am assured that even at the mission of San Antonio some of the fish which ascend the Rio de Monterey have been caught.
Due to the intensity of local agriculture, the area has earned itself the nickname "America's Salad Bowl. Dams on the Salinas, Nacimiento and San Antonio Rivers impede steelhead migration to spawning habitat. All three of these missions remain to this day, the Soledad mission having evolved into the city of Soledadand the San Miguel mission having evolved into the unincorporated village of San Miguel.
In preparing the watershed management plan, the US-LT RCD integrated a wide range of environmental, economic and social issues, each tied to goals for improving water quality, protecting habitats and saving soil resources.