Sensitive Resource Management, Regulatory Liaison Lead,
Construction Monitoring, Mitigation Implementation
The City of Rancho Cucamonga construction a 0.75-mile-long extension of Wilson Road to allow vehicular access between East Avenue and Wardman Bullock Road. The pre-construction alignment was a non-maintained dirt road utilized by non-motorized recreational users, as well as, San Bernardino Flood Control District, Metropolitan Water District (Metropolitan), Cucamonga Valley Water District (CVWD), and City operations personnel to access and maintain their respective facilities. The alignment bisected critical habitat for San Bernardino kangaroo rat (SBKR), a conservation easement, preserve lands, and crossed a Metropolitan transmission line. The resource agencies that manage the critical habitat were hesitant to approve a major transportation thoroughfare that would bisect a critical habitat unit adjacent to federal preserve/ conservation lands; however, after a fatal accident nearby the project, the community became politically charged that the Wilson Avenue project was needed. Jericho worked with the USFWS, CDFW, the City of Rancho Cucamonga, and the City’s design engineer to develop engineered solutions to reduce potential impacts to the critical habitat and the federal preserve/ conservation lands, thereby achieving a successful sensitive species consultation. The road was constructed, and Jericho is currently overseeing the compliance of the Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program and Biological Opinion conditions.
Biological Surveys and Regulatory Permitting
Since this inception of the Wilson Avenue East Extension Project in 2006, Shay Lawrey (Jericho Systems, Inc’s President ) has been involved by conducting all biological resources studies and obtaining all required regulatory approvals. She prepared the Biological Assessment, Impact Analysis, Jurisdictional Delineation and Habitat Mitigation and Reporting Plan for this project. Since the beginning, she served as the Project liaison with the State and federal regulatory agencies. This project impacted conservation and preserve lands, critical habitat and jurisdictional waters of the U.S. and streambed waters of the state. Ms. Lawrey obtained the Clean Water Act Sections 404 and 401 permits, California Fish and Game Code Sections 1600 permits and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Endangered Species Act Section 7 Incidental Take Permit.
In 2013, working as a sub consultant, Jericho prepared a detailed Biological Assessment and Impact Analysis for submittal to the City of Rancho Cucamonga. Jericho coordinated with all of the agencies including Metropolitan, prepared avoidance measures and design features to minimize impacts, successfully negotiated those measures and features with USFWS, and performed construction monitoring.
Under contract to the City of Rancho Cucamonga, Jericho Systems is the prime consultant teamed with the Zoological Society of San Diego to conduct the mitigation monitoring to a completion date of September 2020. This monitoring includes the multi-year photo-tracking of small mammal usage of the four wildlife crossings installed by the City, as well as walking transect surveys along the road to look for roadkill. Additionally, Jericho Systems monitors the habitat health and is responsible for restoration and quarterly and annual reporting to the agencies.