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SWCA provided cultural resources monitoring for this project, which consisted of improvements to the existing Santa Monica City Hall that was originally constructed in 1938. SWCA’s archaeologists were able to respond immediately to project discoveries and record them in a timely manner so that grading activities were not delayed.
Since 2005, SWCA has provided archaeological and paleontological resources services on more than 820 acres to Shea Homes for a series of projects in the City of Brea. SWCA has been able to control costs by providing fully cross-trained archaeological/paleontological monitors, eliminating the need for multiple monitors on these projects.
Since 2007, SWCA has provided cultural, paleontological, and natural resources services in support of various housing projects for the University of California Irvine. These projects have been contracted through the Irvine Campus Housing Authority (ICHA) and California Pacific Homes. SWCA worked directly with the ICHA to develop a plan to proactively survey and test the adjacent property prior to its development.
Using a single, cross-trained archaeological/paleontological monitor meant cost savings for both ICHA and California Pacific Homes through use of one monitor during grading activities. SWCA has continually worked with both the ICHA and California Pacific Homes to develop effective, cost-saving strategies to mitigate resources and to meet all necessary compliance.
SWCA provided biological, paleontological, and cultural resources support services for this project. Biological services included pre-construction nest surveys, least Bell’s vireo surveys, biological monitoring of active avian nests, vegetation clearing, and relocation of wildlife during construction. Laboratory work was conducted in-house, thus streamlining analysis and preparation. Conducting all work without interfering with onsite construction activities, SWCA provided cross-trained archaeological/paleontological monitors to offer efficiencies and cost savings to the client.
The Bureau of Land Management’s Yuma Field Office hired SWCA to assist with Clean Water Act (CWA) permitting for a restoration project near the Lower Colorado River in southwest Arizona. The project goal was to restore and enhance five areas surrounding the Laguna Dam and Betty’s Kitchen Wildlife and Interpretive Area destroyed by the May 2011 Laguna Fire.
SWCA conducted a wetlands delineation on 86 acres of severely fire-damaged riparian vegetation and wildlife habitat and submitted a CWA 404 permit, which the Army Corps of Engineers approved in November 2012. SWCA also prepared a restoration plan that included activities such as removing hazard trees and invasive/non-native species, seeding and planting native species, replacing lost structures and infrastructure, improving damaged trails, and monitoring the effects of the treatments.
The Bureau of Land Management has been implementing the approved restoration activities and expects to reopen Betty’s Kitchen Wildlife and Interpretive Area to the public in 2014.
SWCA is providing wetland and water delineations, Oregon Department of State Lands delineation concurrence, mitigation monitoring and site management, avian surveys on Government Island, invasive species surveys and management, and feasibility analyses for wetland mitigation banking. Through our on-call services, SWCA is able to support the Port’s efforts in managing their wetland and water mitigation projects and help them achieve their development goals while protecting aquatic and terrestrial habitats for plants and wildlife.
SWCA is providing wetland and waters delineations, vegetated corridor buffer assessments and enhancements, natural resource permitting, mitigation design, long-term monitoring, cultural resource inventories, and consulting on additional natural resource issues for mixed-use and residential development projects throughout the Portland Metro region. The on-call work also involves incorporating onsite wetland mitigation and the purchase of wetland mitigation bank credits to satisfy state and federal regulatory agencies, as well as navigating local jurisdictional regulations while meeting Clean Water Services buffer guidelines.
SWCA provided environmental support for WPX Energy’s seismic surveys of the Niobrara shale formation in western Colorado for oil and gas exploration. SWCA conducted cultural and paleontological resources inventories on Bureau of Land Management and privately held parcels. Because the 30,000-acre project fell in designated core habitat for three federally listed rare plant species — as well as potential habitat for six other protected plant species — SWCA also conducted extensive rare plant surveys.
The project required agency consultation and negotiations with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the proponent team on survey technique as well as mitigation to protect known or discovered resources within a small window of opportunity between wildlife timing restrictions for the area. Quick turnaround on environmental surveys will mean that WPX and Green River Energy can collect the necessary seismic data a year earlier than originally planned.