Mitigation Planning & Monitoring

Chevron Estero Marine Terminal Decommissioning Project, San Luis Obispo County, California

Project Name: Chevron Estero Marine Terminal Decommissioning Project, San Luis Obispo County, California
Services: Environmental Monitoring Services, Permitting, Biological Assessment, and Training
Client: Chevron Pipe Line Company

Over a period of years, Padre has been providing Chevron Pipe Line Company with a variety of permitting, biological assessment, training, and environmental monitoring services for decommissioning activities at the Estero Marine Terminal, and at Chevron pump stations located in Shandon and Bitterwater Valley in San Luis Obispo County, California. Services provided include the following tasks:

  • Identification and compliance with permitting requirements for demolition and subsurface excavation activities;
  • Comprehensive biological assessments;
  • Phase I archaeological survey and comprehensive Cultural Resources Management Plan for the terminal property;
  • Historical documentation for structures at the terminal; and,
  • Pre-construction biological surveys, environmental training, and environmental monitoring during construction activities.

Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation, San Luis Obispo County, California

Project Name: Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation, San Luis Obispo County, California
Services: Environmental Monitoring Services
Client: San Luis Obispo County Department of Planning and Building

Padre served as on-site environmental monitor on behalf of the San Luis Obispo County Department of Department of Planning and Building for the Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI) at the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in San Luis Obispo County. Padre’s services for this project included monitoring the implementation and enforcement of permit conditions of approval related to erosion control, dust control, traffic safety and coastal resources protection. Padre was also responsible for the monitoring of compliance with County permit conditions and reporting to the County through weekly monitoring reports. Padre conducted weekly site visits to the site and during storm events to check efficiency of erosion control measures.

Hueneme Pump Station Reconstruction Project, Port Hueneme, Ventura County, California

Project Name: Hueneme Pump Station Reconstruction Project, Port Hueneme, Ventura County, California
Services: Biological Surveys and Construction Monitoring
Client: Ventura County Watershed Protection District

On behalf of the Ventura County Watershed Protection District (District), Padre provided permit compliance services and permit compliance monitoring for the Hueneme Pump Station Reconstruction Project, located at the junction of Hueneme Drain and J Street Drain in the City of Port Hueneme. Padre conducted five biological surveys prior to commencement of construction activities for special-status wildlife and plant species. In addition, surveys also included crow and raven counts and baseline noise measurements. Additionally, baseline water quality sampling for pH, temperature, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, salinity, and total suspended solids were conducted at the site.

During construction, work activities were monitored by Padre to ensure permit compliance with the Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 permit, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Programmatic Biological Opinion, California Regional Water Quality Control Board 401 Water Quality Certification, and California Department of Fish and Game Streambed Alteration Agreement for the project. Throughout construction, Padre advised the District (and its contractor) on conditions outlined in each of the project’s permits, and facilitated compliance with each permit condition. Additionally, Padre implemented the Water Quality Monitoring Plan for the project and monitored the site for the potential entry of wildlife into the work area.

Padre prepared a project completion report containing photo-documentation of the project, daily field observation sheets (covering all permit related items) and ambient noise measurement data sheets which was provided to the District. Overall, project activities were in compliance with all the regulatory permits, resulting in minimal disturbance to J Street Drain, and no impacts to riparian vegetation or special status birds, reptiles, amphibians or mammals.

River Road Bridge Replacement Project, San Miguel, California

Project Name: River Road Bridge Replacement Project, San Miguel, California
Services: Environmental Monitoring
Client: County of San Luis Obispo Public Works Department

Padre completed on-site environmental monitoring services on behalf of the County for the River Road Bridge Replacement project located in San Miguel, California. Padre was responsible for the monitoring of compliance with permit conditions and reporting to the County through weekly monitoring reports. The project involved the replacement of the River Road Bridge over the Salinas River. Issue areas for the project included California red-legged frog, arroyo toad, two-striped garter snake, southwestern pond turtle, San Joaquin kit fox, steelhead, nesting swallows, swifts, songbirds and raptors, day-roosting bats, riparian vegetation removal and impacts, erosion control, stream water quality protection, archaeological resources, and dust control. Padre conducted daily visits at project initiation and weekly visits thereafter during construction activities, and immediately prior to and during storm events to check erosion control measures. Lastly, Padre prepared a site restoration plan for the project site.