Views of wetland cleanup area to be dug up, upgraded in 2019

The Navy will implement the environmental remediation plan for Site 32 on the western end of the former airfield.  The plan calls for covering the entire 60-acre site with three free of clean soil without raising the elevation of the existing wetlands.  Thus, the existing wetlands will be excavated to a depth of three feet, and then three feet of replacement clean soil will be brought in to re-contour the wetlands.

Most of the water in the accompanying photos, taken in March 2019, is from rainwater.  However, this wetland is also low enough in elevation that it receives water via tidal pressure from the Bay.

The Navy’s soil cover and wetland work is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.  Seeding the entire area with native vegetation is expected to occur in early 2020.

Site 32 wetland looking north.

The adjacent Site 1 cleanup area at the very tip of Alameda Point is completed.  The higher elevation of Site 1 is visible in the photos and is a result of the three-foot soil cover that was placed on the site.

Site 32 wetland looking south, Site 1 on the right.

Both Site 1 and Site 32 are part of the proposed 150-acre regional park.

A soil cover over Site 1 and a new wetland next to Oakland harbor were completed by the Navy in 2015. The Site 32 soil cover and new wetlands will be constructed during 2019.

 

Author: richard94501

My blog is Alameda Point Environmental Report covering environmental issues from wildlife to cleanup at the former Navy base in Alameda now called Alameda Point. Articles on my blog are frequently printed in the Alameda Sun newspaper. I also host a Twitter site and a Flickr photo site. I hope you find my stories and photos of interest. Richard Bangert Alameda, California

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