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Vernal Pool Restoration & Mitigation Planning

Conceptual plan of vernal pool restoration

Quick Facts:

  • Total Acres: ~3 acres
  • Ecosystem: Vernal pool
  • Key Species: San Diego fairy shrimp
  • Key Services: Biological surveys, conceptual planning, construction documentation, litigation support, mitigation banking

Project Summary:

Great Ecology is developing a restoration plan for an approximate 3-acre undeveloped parcel adjacent to natural vernal pools in the San Diego region. Great Ecology staff conducted site biological surveys to evaluate the enhancement potential of the land. Following the site evaluation, we developed conceptual plans for pool basin designs that mimic the structure of adjacent pools and recreate habitat. Our staff have coordinated with local city and state agencies as well as private parties to assess the local need for onsite natural resource mitigation, conducted preliminary reviews of the parcel, and presented several conceptual design plans to the Interagency Review Team (IRT). The IRT included representatives from USACE, USFWS, and the Region 9 California Water Quality Control Board to develop interest in the project and better understand allowable and preferred restoration designs in the region. Furthermore, we conducted a pro-forma to determine the cost-benefit associated with the development of a vernal pool turnkey mitigation.

San Diego, CA