FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Alicia Appel, 760-839-4528
Starting August 24, 2015, the City of Escondido will begin its channel maintenance project in anticipation of winter storms. Since 2009 the City has been working with state and federal resource agencies (Army Corps of Engineers, Regional Water Quality Control Board and Department of Fish and Wildlife) to obtain the permits necessary for this maintenance. Permits are required as these areas are considered to be “Waters of the U.S” and may contain wildlife habitat, and the work is not allowed to impact creek water quality. Permit conditions include requirements to conduct surveys during the bird nesting season and where necessary avoid work that could impact nesting birds; habitat surveys at specific locations; water quality measures; cultural and paleontological surveys, as well as coordination with a tribal monitor. These requirements are intended to protect habitat, birds, cultural, tribal and paleontological resources that may be impacted by maintenance activities. City staff have been trained to implement the measures required to protect natural resources and to provide required documentation for annual reports. Unavoidable wetland impacts will be mitigated through a combination of wetland enhancement (invasive species removal) and wetland restoration (invasive species removal and native species planting) in an area totaling 1.75 acres in Kit Carson Park.
City staff members have prioritized the 63 permitted locations for maintenance based on historical data, staff inspections and resident comments, within the constraints of the regulatory requirements. Regular maintenance will continue over the 5-year permit term. An application to renew the application with an updated list of sites will be submitted prior to expiration of the permits.
For further information on channel maintenance activities and environmental permitting, please contact Alicia Appel at (760) 839-4528.