Giacomini Wetland Restoration Project: Summary of Construction Under Phase I and II: What Was Done to Minimize Impacts to Threatened and Endangered Species?
summary of construction under phase I and II includes:
Construction in areas such as Tomales Bay, which is home to many threatened and endangered species, required careful coordination between Park Service biologists, the construction manager, and the construction contractor. During both years, the Park Service provided oversight for environmental monitoring, ensuring that impacts to wetlands and other key habitats were minimized; proper erosion control and pollution prevention measures were implemented or installed; and all work areas were surveyed and cleared of special status species prior to construction.
Construction contractors were required to adhere to strict timelines on when construction could start to ensure that most of the breeding season for particular special status species was complete. Construction areas had to be "cleared" or surveyed prior to start of individual construction components according to specific species protocols. Clearance surveys were either performed in-house by Park Service biologists or by contractors such as Avocet Research Associates (Point Reyes Station, CA) and Leslie Wood Consulting. In addition, for certain areas and activities, biologists needed to be on-site during construction to clear or survey for species.
Did You Know?
Historically, the Humboldt squid were seldom found further north than Baja California. The squid then came north en masse during the 1997/98 El Nino and have maintained a fairly regular presence in the waters off of northern and central California--including Point Reyes--ever since. More...