Ecological Standing Committee Meeting (12/10/2008)

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            Ecological Standing Committee Meeting

·       December 10, 2008

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ESC December 10, 2008 Agenda

·       Review Action Items from 9/17/08 meeting

·       Update on Habitat Improvement Projects (HIPs) – 2008 activities and anticipated 2009 activities

·       HIPs Expenditures to Date

·       Habitat Enhancement and Restoration Fund (HEFT; Future HIPs) Discussion

·       Meeting Wrap Up/Action Items

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Action Items From 9/17/08 ESC Meeting

1.     Memo about that water level data for fish habitat/attraction structures will be on website.

2.     NREC will look into interest for a program for college students to observe construction of fish attraction structures.  Will report at next meeting.

3.     NREC is trying to organize meeting with ornithological groups in October.              

4.     NREC will work with the Greenway Commission to conduct informational neetings about the Gorge.

5.     NREC will report on its grant application for the Great Lakes Initiative.

6.     Timing and process for future HIPs and potential leverage opportunities will be on next meeting’s agenda.

7.     NREC to report on an entity to receive $200,000 funding for Cayuga Creek Restoration.

8.     NYPA will circulate STL protocols with regards to future HIPs (HERF).

9.     Rob Belue (Niagara River Greenway Commission) to contact Paul Leuchner (Niagara River Greenway Commission) about new location on south end of East River Marsh for osprey pole and ask him to send his comments to NYPA.

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Fish Attraction Structures – 2008

·       Final design based on input from NYSDEC, ESC, and public

o   3 deep-water and shallow-water

·       Received USACE Permit Sept. 17, 2008 – no permit issues

·       Coast Guard consultant on potential navigation hazards

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Fish Attraction Structures – 2008

·       Hired installation contractor: Herbert F. Darling, Inc., Buffalo, NY

·       Construction in early October

·       Installed four structures as required in Settlement Agreement

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Fish Attraction Structures

·       Gratwick Park – Shallow Water Stone and Log Groin

·       Downstream of the South Grand Island Bridge

o   Boulder Field

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Shallow Water Structure at Gratwick Park

·       190’ from shore

·       11’ depth – provides 6’ of clearance

·       Flow 1-1.5 ft/s

·       Gravel with some cobble and small rocks

·       Spare SAV (5-10%) wild celery

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Shallow Water Structure at Gratwick Park

·       Figure – Sheet 1: NYPA HIP Shallow Water Fish Attraction Structures Prototype 1

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Boulder Field Downstream of South Grand Island Bridge

·       426’ from shore

·       22’ depth – 16’ of clearance

·       Flow 2-2.5 ft/s

·       Gravel and cobble

·       Sparse SAV but at the edges of a dense bed of wild celery

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Shallow Water Structure at Gratwick Park

·       Figure – Sheet 2A: NYPA HIP Deep Water Fish Attraction Structures Prototype 1

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Rock Wing – Upstream of South Grand Island Bridge

·       592’ from shore

·       18’ depth – 13’ of clearance

·       Flow 2.5-3 ft/s

·       Gravel with scattered small rocks

·       30% SAV coverage by short wild celery

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Rock Wing – Upstream of South Grand Island Bridge

·       Figure – Sheet 2B: NYPA HIP Deep Water Fish Attraction Structures Prototype 2

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Rock Slope at Motor Island

·       95’ from shore

·       Slopes from 13’ to 17’ depth

·       < than 1 ft/s current velocity

·       Silt and soft sediment

·       Edge of SAV bed at 13’ depth

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Rock Slope at Motor Island

·       Figure – Sheet 2C: NYPA HIP Deep Water Fish Attraction Structures Prototype 3

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Fish Attraction Structures - 2009

·       Develop post-construction monitoring plan in consultation with the ESC (1Q)

·       Implement post-construction monitoring (3Q)

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Osprey Nesting Platform – 2008

·       Evaluated  multiple site locations in the East River Marsh area

o   Edge of marsh

o   In the water behind islands

o   Birding trail south end of marsh

o   River Lea

·       DEC and OPRHP agreed to a design and location of platform on existing island in East River Marsh (Nov. 2008)

o   Included ESC input

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East River Marsh – Selected Osprey Nesting Platform Location

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Illustration of Osprey Pole Installation

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Osprey Pole Design

·       Figure – Option 1 – Rock Piling

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Osprey Nesting Platform - 2009

·       Develop a final design for the East River Marsh option (1Q)

·       Assemble a bid package for installation (1Q)

·       Evaluate bid and award contract (2Q)

·       Install Osprey Nesting Platform by June 30, 2009

·       Post-construction monitoring of 2007 and 2008 platforms (2Q-3Q)

·       Select location and install third osprey nesting platform (3Q-4Q)

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Little Beaver Island Wetland Restoration – Work Completed

·       2008

o   Additional bathymetric and topographic survey data

o   Rough quantity calculations of fill

o   RTE reconnaissance survey

o   Wetland Study Recommendations

o   Met with OPRHP

o   10% Design Concept

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Little Beaver Island Wetland Restoration – 2009

·       More consultation with OPRHP

·       Consultation with ESC

·       50% Design

·       Pre-application meeting with USACE

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Common Tern Nesting – 2008

·       Met with USACE who indicated which of the potential options are most acceptable

o   End cell modifications

o   Independent barge

·       Submitted FOIA request to USACE for breakwater designs- received early Nov. 2008

·       Developed preliminary sketches of habitat barge

·       Visited breakwater with USACE for a Pre-construction Site Investigation/Feasibility meeting for End Cell design (Dec. 9, 2008)

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Common Tern Nesting - 2009

·       Breakwater end cell modification (Short Breakwater)

o   Discussions with the USACE and NYSDEC (1Q)

o   Engineering design/permitting (1Q)

§  Preliminary designs

§  Pre-application permit consultation

o   Provide end cell design and bid package (2Q)

o   Modify end cell design and bid package (2Q-3Q)

·       Tern habitat barge

o   Prepare and release bid for habitat barge (1Q)

o   Install barge (early 2Q)

·       Monitor nesting (2Q-3Q)

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Invasive Species – Buckhorn and Tifft Marsh - 2008

·       Developing draft Action Plans for Tifft and Buckhorn

o   Currently undergoing internal review

·       Discussions with Dave Spiering (Tifft)

o   Observed aquatic harvestor to evaluate effectiveness

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            Invasive Species – Buckhorn and Tifft Marsh - 2009

·       Meet with OPRHP and DEC to discuss potential use of herbicides and other approaches at Buckhorn (1Q)

·       Present draft Action Plans to ESC for review (early 2Q)

·       Continue periodic communications with Tifft Staff (Dave Spiering) to coordinate efforts (ongoing)

·       Finalize Action Plans (2Q-3Q)

·       Design and Permitting

o   Develop environmental permit application (3Q0

o   Develop RFP package (3Q-4Q)

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Frog Island Restoration - 2008

·       Provide AutoCAD/GIS files of Conceptual Layout to Dr. Shen team for inclusion in their hydraulic model

·       Conducted preliminary review of model results

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            Frog Island Restoration - 2009

·       Pre-design Engineering Investigation

o   Receive ice and hydraulic model from Dr. Shen team (1Q)

o   Iterative process with hydraulic model to determine island deisng and footprint (1Q)

o   Perform and review sediment, flow, velocity analysis (2Q)

·       Engineering Design/Permitting (2Q-4Q)

o   Develop Preliminary Design

o   Pre-application Permit Consultation

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Motor Island Shoreline - 2008

·       NYSDEC requested different shoreline protection scheme

o   No Sheet Pile/Riprap Combination

o   Soft Engineering options with more shallow shoreline slopes

·       Aug. 2008- Survey of nearshore habitat and obtained NYSDEC input

·       Developing new concepts for improving shoreline habitat and providing erosion protection using softer approaches (some hard engineering may be needed)

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            Motor Island -2009

·       Consult with ESC on alternate shoreline protection approaches (1Q)

·       Engineering Design/Permitting (2Q-4Q)

o   Complete conceptual design

o   Review sediment, flow, velocity, ice analysis

o   Pre-application permit consultation

o   Begin preliminary design

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HIPs Capital Cost Expenditure Report

·       Table

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            Habitat Enhancement and Restoration Fund

·       Discussion

·       St. Lawrence HERF protocols

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Review Action Items

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Little Beaver Island Conceptual Design

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