Thursday, June 21, 2012
Friday, June 15, 2012
Habitat Restoration Begins in the Sunol Valley
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is currently implementing projects as part of the Bioregional Habitat Restoration (BHR), formally known as the Habitat Reserve Program. This will provide high-quality habitat compensation for endangered species and will mitigate for construction impacts related to the Water System Improvement Program (WSIP). This is a unique approach to mitigation for WSIP construction project impacts and is combined into one suite of projects. This pooling of resources maximizes our ability to make significant habitat improvements for rare and endangered species.
Construction is now underway on two projects in the Alameda Watershed for the BHR. Starting today, there will be an increased level of construction activity as well as additional construction traffic within these project areas, so please plan accordingly.
Work hours for both projects are Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Goldfish Pond Restoration
This project will work to enhance the existing Goldfish Pond, rebuild the embankments, plant over 10 acres for the various wetlands and create five acres of riparian habitat. This project is located east of I-680 in the areas encompassed by Calaveras, Felter and Marsh Roads.
This project will restore and reconfigure a 1.8-mile reach of San Antonio Creek and a ½-mile of the nearby Indian Creek. The restoration will also include installation of a new bridge to establish a creek crossing, installation of multiple grade control structures to create habitat, improvement of the stream bank stabilization with planting, and establish over 80 acres of oak savannah and riparian habitat. This project is located east of I-680, off Highway 84 to the Livermore exit at Vallecitos Road.
The BHR includes the development of compensation sites to preserve, enhance, restore or create approximately 1,800 acres of tidal marsh, vernal pools, sycamore and oak riparian woodland, oak woodland and savannah, and serpentine and annual grasslands. It also includes the design, environmental permitting, construction, construction management, maintenance and performance monitoring during a three-year plant establishment period and up to 10 years of performance monitoring.
For more information, please visit the project webpage.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
The replacement of Calaveras Dam will require the movement of more than 7 million cubic yards of rock and earth, a portion of which may contain Naturally Occurring Asbestos (NOA). Construction activities could cause asbestos fibers to become airborne, which could present a health concern. We have put into place an extensive dust control and air monitoring program to ensure that we are not exposing any members of the public to increased levels of Naturally Occurring Asbestos. We have monitored background air quality levels in the area prior to construction for more than two years. We will continue to monitor air quality at perimeter and ambient air quality monitoring stations and will make the data available on this website. Protecting the health of our workers and the public is our utmost priority.
To view the latest air quality monitoring results, click on our website here. Results are updated weekly and data is archived on a quarterly basis for the duration of the project. See map for monitoring locations and Q&A about how to read the graphs and data.
Friday, June 1, 2012
The Water System Improvement Program (WSIP) is $4.6-billion of infrastructure upgrades, including more than 80 projects located in six Bay Area counties to ensure the highest quality drinking water and a reliable water supply to customers following an earthquake. These seismic improvements include dams, tunnels, pipelines, treatment plants and many more facilities that serve 2.6 million Bay Area customers. 2011 marked the start of the WSIP’s most active construction year to date. As of March 31, 2012, 55 out of 81 local and regional projects have been completed. All WSIP projects are forecasted to be complete in 2016. To view our progress and learn more about our water system, check out our video of water system improvements in your area here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qwqUcPIOyM&feature=youtu.be