Indian Canyon Drive/Interstate 10 Interchange Project, Environmental Compliance Monitoring

Starting in 2010, ECORP Consulting, Inc. provided USFWS-approved biologists and monitors to perform biological and environmental compliance monitoring on Riverside County Transportation Departmentís Indian Canyon Drive/Interstate 10 interchange project in Palm Springs, California.

 

Working under the Construction Management team of Mendoza and Associates, ECORP performed weekly site visits to document compliance with BMPís, SWPPP requirements, and endangered species biological monitoring. ECORP prepared and delivered regular Worker Environmental Awareness Trainings which covered the listed species in the area, reasons for their rarity, biology, habitat requirements, regulatory status, and fines and penalties for violating state and federal laws pertaining to listed species. Using USFWS-approved personnel qualified to survey for and move Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizards and Coachella Valley milk-vetch, preconstruction surveys for special-status species were performed prior to groundbreaking. ECORP monitored the installation of ESA fencing and all ground-clearance activities. ECORP developed and refined a reporting process between ECORP, Mendoza and Associates, and RCTC that provides timely updates and combined with an internal QA/QC process. Weekly look-ahead emails summarized anticipated needs for monitoring, and monthly summary reports were prepared for RCTC which summarized the monthís activities. Problems encountered on the project have been few and limited to weather-related upkeep of ESA-fencing. The project is ongoing, on schedule, and will be completed in 2012.

 

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