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.

The existing Goldfish Pond being restored.

San Antonio Creek Restoration:
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.

Overhead view of a portion of the San Antonio Creek restoration area.

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.

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