City of San Jose
Ecological Concerns Incorporated
ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNER & LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT:
Environmental Science Associates
Invasive Species Suppression and Removal by Non Chemical Methods; Minimize Impacts to the Wetland and Riparian Corridor; Mitigation Plant Establishment; Permit Compliance
In 2010, the City of San Jose contracted with a team composed of ECI and Environmental Science Associates to develop and implement a plan for maintenance and monitoring of mitigation driven restoration sites along the city trail system. These sites were implemented alongside multiple city trails projects in order to mitigate for construction impacts to the riparian corridors through which the trails were constructed. Maintenance and monitoring of these sites is part of the process of complying with regulatory agency permits for the trails construction, and the City’s sites were in various phases of completion and compliance when ECI began the project. There are seven individual sites spread across four watersheds: Coyote Creek, Penitencia Creek, Los Gatos Creek, and Saratoga Creek Watersheds. ECI and ESA worked with the City to prepare a matrix of project status, project goals, and project needs at all of the sites, then went to work establishing native vegetation and controlling invasive plants to move the projects forward towards permit compliance and regulatory sign off.