Restoration of Utility Infrastructure and Water Infrastructure from Post-Construction Temporary Impacts
To fulfill the regulatory requirements of two Military Construction (MILCON) projects, the Basewide Utility Infrastructure (BUI) and the Basewide Water Infrastructure (BWI), Biological Opinions and their associated amendments (FWS-MCBCP-12B0042-12F0058 and FWS-MCBCP-10B0201-10F0410) at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.
The regulatory documents for both BUI and BWI projects require that areas temporarily impacted by construction activities be restored to native vegetation following construction. This task order requires completing habitat restoration for Growing Seasons 2–5 to mitigate temporary impacts to native vegetation and federally listed threatened and endangered species habitat.
The BUI and BWI temporary project impacts from construction, laydown areas, and vehicles require restoration. The total anticipated restoration is a minimum of 79 acres and up to 99 acres. Required activities include performing biological monitoring and active restoration of native habitat and nonnative plant control; performing biological monitoring of several federally threatened or endangered species including arroyo toad (Anaxyrus californicus), least Bell’s vireo (Vireo bellii pusillus), and coastal California gnatcatcher (Polioptila californica californica); conducting biological monitoring activities in native grassland, coastal sage scrub, and riparian habitats; restoration of native southern California upland, riparian, and wetland (jurisdictional and non-jurisdictional) habitats; treating nonnative invasive species and preventing habitat type conversion on restoration sites; monitoring vegetation recovery of specific sites to measure project success; preventing and repairing site degradation over project lifetime; providing site security to ensure project success with Carsonite signs and fencing installation; and providing data collection and reporting for restoration and biological surveys.
While maintaining the highest standards of quality for labor, installed materials, maintenance, monitoring, and deliverables, KMEA staff implement all tasks with safety as their top priority. All field installations, operations, and production of deliverables are conducted on budget and completed on schedule.