The Bioregional Habitat Restoration (BHR) Project includes 18 compensation sites, 7 compensation sites in the Alameda Watershed and 11 in the Peninsula Watershed. Construction work is complete at 10 sites, which are currently in the maintenance phase. A California Department of Fish and Wildlife permit has been obtained for the remaining 3 Peninsula sites. The last construction contract, the Peninsula Vegetation Removal contract, was re-advertised in August 2015, with Notice to Proceed aniticipated in Spring 2016.
The drought has had and continues to impact the success of plant growth at all sites. Emergency irrigation and watering continues to be necessary in 2015.
|Homestead Pond Site
Current BHR Projects in Construction:
- Homestead Pond Mitigation: Remove approximately 450 Eucalyptus trees, enlarge an existing pond, remove non-native vegetation and replant with native vegetation, remove a storm drain and construct a small concrete bridge.
- San Andreas Reservoir: Create four wetlands by removing non-native vegetation, plant native vegetation at the new wetlands, and rebuild a portion of the existing fire road.
- Adobe Gulch Grasslands: Remove two acres of non-native cypress trees, coyote brush and poison oak, replace with oaks and native grasses, install an irrigation pipeline and a water holding tank to support the planted trees until they are established, enlarge an existing wetland, create a new small wetland, convert an existing road to riparian habitat.
The SFPUC is currently implementing projects as part of the BHR, formally known as the Habitat Reserve Program. 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. The BHR includes habitat restoration and enhancements on 19 separate sites on property owned by the SFPUC in our Alameda and Peninsula watersheds.