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?
Northern elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris) began breeding at Point Reyes in 1981 after being absent for over 150 years. The population breeds at terrestrial haul out sites at Point Reyes Headland, one of only eleven mainland breeding areas for northern elephant seals in the world. More...