With the majority of construction work at the Goldfish Pond and San Antonio Creek restoration sites completed, crews at both of BHR project sites in the Alameda Creek Watershed are focused on the planting efforts.
At the Goldfish Pond Restoration project site, crews are currently planting more than 25 different types of plants, represented by the colored flags seen in these photos. These plants will help create various wetlands at the site. This planting work is expected to be complete this month. We will continue to monitor the success of restoration efforts at this site will through the year 2023!
At the San Antonio Creek Restoration site, crews are planting a variety of grasses, shrubs and trees that total 300,000 plants to create both oak savannah and sycamore riparian habitats. All of the plants are expected to be in the ground in December 2013. We will monitor the success of these restoration efforts until 2023 at this site as well.
Current BHR Projects in Construction:
- Goldfish Pond Restoration: Enhance and grade the existing Goldfish Pond, rebuild the embankments, plant over 10 acres for the various wetlands and 5 acres of riparian habitat creation.
- San Antonio Creek Restoration: Restore and reconfigure a 1.8 mile reach of San Antonio Creek and ½ mile of nearby Indian Creek, install a new bridge to establish a creek crossing, install multiple grade control structures to create habitat, improve stream bank stabilization with planting, and establish over 80 acres of oak savannah and create riparian habitat.
- Sheep Camp Creek Restoration: Restore approximately 5,000 feet of the existing Sheep Camp Creek, including pond and riparian restoration, enhanced and preserved to support special-status species, such as California Tiger Salamander and California Red-Legged Frog.
- 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 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. 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.