Estuary and Marine

PIER 39 AQUARIUM EIR, SAN FRANCISCO

As part of a general environmental assessment for the Pier 39 Aquarium in San Francisco, AAR was responsible for: (1) Assessing the potential impacts of the Aquarium discharge on the marine organisms in the area; and, (2) Providing mitigation measures to offset the negative impacts.

TOMALES BAY DOCK AND BOAT HOUSE REPLACEMENT

AAR assisted owners with the environmental issues in connection with the repair of a boat dock and boat house in Tomales Bay. As part of the project a biological resources assessment was required. AAR conducted a fishery resources assessment that included: (1) Assessing existing biological resources conditions in the vicinity of the dock and boat house; (2) Writing a Biological Resources Assessment of existing biological conditions, potential impacts, and mitigation for the project; and, (3) Assisting the owners with the necessary permits from the Federal, state, and local agencies.

CARMEL RIVER LAGOON — IMPACTS OF ANNUAL BREACHING ON STEELHEAD

Mechanically breaching (dredging) the Carmel River Lagoon is eroding a road on Carmel River Point. AAR assessed the impacts of different breaching methodologies on steelhead inhabiting or passing through the lagoon. Project Tasks included: (1) Analyzing existing biological and physical data; (2) Working with the Federal, state, and local agencies to identify solutions; and, (3) Oral and written testimony by Dr. Alice Rich.

RICHARDSON BAY — FISHERY RESOURCES SURVEYS

In response to issues connected with the “Anchor Out” houseboats off of Sausalito, AAR was contracted to conduct fishery resources surveys. Specific Tasks included: (1) Assessment of existing fishery resources conditions, particularly with regard to herring spawning areas and juvenile salmon and steelhead; (2) Assessment of the potential impacts of the “Anchor Out” houseboats on the fishery resources in the area; and, (3) Expert witness testimony provided by Dr. Alice Rich on behalf of the “Anchor Outs”.

CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY, SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA — MARINE PROTECTED AREAS (MPA)

In connection with a case involving fishing in the Santa Barbara Channel, AAR assisted the fishermen, with regard to the interpretation of scientific studies of the fisheries in the area. Tasks undertaken by AAR included:(1) reviewing and analyzing scientific studies demonstrating the need for MPA’s; (2) reviewing and analyzing scientific studies demonstrating the effects of MPA’s on abundance, size, biomass, and diversity of fishes; (3) analyzing information on fishing pressure in the area; and, (4) reviewing the pros and cons of MPA’s, with regard to the fishing needs of the community.

PETALUMA RIVER — IMPACTS OF DREDGING ON FISHERY RESOURCES

AAR assessed the impacts of a project involving the dredging of a previously-existing lagoon (Bahia, Marin County) so that the homeowners could use the lagoon once again for boating activities to and from the Petaluma River. Fish species of concern included Chinook salmon, steelhead, delta smelt, and Sacramento splittail.

SAN FRANCISCO BAY ESTUARY — IMPACTS OF DREDGING ACTIVITIES ON SENSITIVE FISH SPECIES

There is concern over the level of suspended sediments caused by dredging activities in the San Francisco Bay Estuary. In this U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project, AAR assessed the impacts of dredge-related sediments on the sensitive fish species in the San Francisco Bay Estuary.

SAN FRANCISCO BAY ESTUARY — TOOLS FOR ASSESSING AND MONITORING FISH BEHAVIOR IN RELATION TO DREDGING ACTIVITIES

In this U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project, AAR identified methods that could be used to assess behavioral effects of dredging activities on sensitive fish species in the San Francisco Bay Estuary.

SAN FRANCISCO BAY ESTUARY — DREDGING AND CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

As part of an on-call contract with the Port of San Francisco, AAR provided services related to aquatic resources, including: (1) Fishery resources evaluations, such as the potential impacts of polluted sediments on fishery resources; (2) Eelgrass surveys; and, (3) Assistance with permit applications.