Decomposed Granite Removal About Half-Way Complete
While running holiday errands I made a quick stop at Fairview Park this afternoon to check on the progress of the removal of the decomposed granite (DG) from the trails that encroach on the Federally-protected vernal pools. You will recall that last week, HERE, it was estimated the job would be completed by the end of this week.
It looks like a little more than half of the DG has been removed - all of it from the section of the trail that runs parallel with the fence line that separates the Parsons Field/Waldorf School area from the park.
The other section - the leg that runs parallel with the fence line separating Jim Scott Stadium from the park - is still covered with DG, although the logs that bordered the trail on the vernal pool side have been removed. However, it looks like some test holes have been dug that revealed the DG is much thicker on that trail than the segment that has already been scraped clean.
SIGNS OF EQUIPMENT
And, there's clearly signs of activity because the grass at the entrance to that trail has been significantly torn-up by heavy equipment hauling the DG from the other leg.
WAITING FOR USFWS OK
I spoke with Director of Public Services Ernesto Munoz from the park and was told that, because the remaining DG is so thick - and the removal of all of it would result in a very low spot where any rain water would certainly pool instead of flowing into the adjacent vernal pools - they are awaiting a consultation with Christine Medak of the United States Department of Fish and Wildlife before proceeding. It's possible that some additional remediation - the installation of native soil to raise the level after the DG is removed - will be considered.
NOBODY CLAIMING THE REWARD - YET
So, progress is slow and, as far as I know, nobody has turned up to claim the reward that leads to the apprehension of those responsible for the installation of the DG earlier this year. It seems curious that nobody has come forward. That task was HUGE, requiring lots of product and either lots of man-hours or the use of motorized equipment. Somebody should ask Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger if he has any ideas, since it was his insistence that the path be improved that launched this whole debacle in the first place.