The Salt Creek Wetland is a highly-visible section of the Salt Creek Trail near the City’s Chapparosa Park that is popular with runners, walkers, and cyclists. Restoration efforts enhanced available habitat for the threatened and endangered birds, and other species that reside along this creek segment and provided improved wildlife viewing opportunities for trail users.
A Mitigation Model
The Salt Creek Wetland Mitigation Project includes 11.36 acres of wetland habitat restoration targeting the removal of non-native plant species and the replacement of select cattail areas with native willows and plants. The Project serves as a mitigation model for the ongoing management of other wetland areas within the City and addresses potential environmental impacts caused by runoff from the surrounding neighborhoods, as the wetland acts as a filter for the watershed. Cooperation with State and Federal regulatory agencies, the habitat restoration contractor, and multiple environmental consultants were necessary to successfully deliver this Project and ensure the protection and restoration of the wetland.
The Salt Creek Wetland Project site presented a number of environmental challenges:
As an innovative public outreach component, the City created the interactive wetlands map (screenshot shown below), allowing viewers the ability to click on the City's 13 wetlands, including Salt Creek, to see information on each wetland's location, acreage, function, and predominate flora.
This project exemplifies how a diverse project team comprised of several consultant companies can work together to identify and implement creative solutions to project challenges.