Ms. Teri Beckett, PE, GC, QSD and Arborist, served as Project Construction Manager on the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Bioregional Habitat Restoration Peninsula Program.
The ten (10) active BHR sites throughout the SFPUC jurisdictional area provide ecological mitigation benefits to offset environmental/habitat impacts resulting from Water System Improvement Program (WSIP) construction projects. Within the Peninsula Region, Ms. Beckett managed the CM team on the WD-2641R Project Series, which included the Homestead Pond Mitigation, Adobe Gulch Grasslands, and San Andreas Reservoir wetlands construction. Each of the sites contained the following project elements: demolition, selective clearing and disposal of invasive exotic vegetation; grading to tight tolerances for wetland construction, installation of pedestrian walkways, installation of native seed stock utilizing hydroseeding techniques, and extremely tight SWPPP controls. Ms. Beckett managed a team that provided conventional construction management as well environmental compliance support to SFPUC involving the implementation of CEQA mitigation measures addressed in project EIRs and Mitigated Negative Declarations, as specified in the CEQA-compliant Mitigation Monitoring and Report Programs (MMRP), or agency permit conditions. These include conditions specified in California Department of Fish and Game Section 1601 Streambed Alteration Agreements, San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board Section 401 Permits, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 Permits, and special-status species protection specifications under the federal Endangered Species Act and California Endangered Species Act. From time to time, the construction projects required minor project deviations that may or may not have been adequately covered in the CEQA project description or environmental analysis that led to either an EIR or Mitigated Negative Declaration. In such cases, the CM Team performed CEQA-level analysis, conducted field studies related to wildlife, plants, special-status species, wetlands, or cultural resources, and assisted with preparation of documentation for submittal and approval by San Francisco Planning Department or, as required, the appropriate federal or State resource agency.
This project included California red-legged frog, San Francisco garter snake, San Francisco dusty-footed wood rat, and Mission blue butterfly habitat, with Ms. Beckett managing a series of biologists performing pre-construction surveys for nesting birds, raptors and special-status wildlife, plants and fish species, and their habitats. The Project Construction Manager duties for this project included design of conceptual Erosion Control Plans for each site, and inspecting BMP installation of the erosion control materials throughout.
- The Environmental Compliance team managed by Teri Beckett was able to oversee construction in an extremely ecologically sensitive area within compliance of the large variety of permit conditions governing operations.
- The team observed certain areas that required some level of redesign, brought these scenarios to the attention of BEM while recommending redesign of plant mixes and construction methodology to better replicate surrounding native conditions.
- The team was able to provide significant support and mapping recommendations during the seed collection operations just prior to installation of native vegetation.
Major construction occurred in protected animal and botanical species habitat with extremely low disturbance level of either. This was accomplished by performing stringent botanical and species pre- and during- construction surveys to avoid areas with a higher likelihood of species presence, as well as strict construction oversight.
Homestead Pond Red-Legged Frog Habitat Restoration, Flagging of Protected Vegetation
BHR Berm Seeding with Crafted Native Vegetation Seed Mix