ICF assisted British Columbia Transmission Corporation (BCTC) with monitoring and mitigation for the Vancouver Island Transmission Reinforcement Project. ICF was hired to implement the eelgrass monitoring plan in U.S. waters and develop a nearshore/upland mitigation plan as required by agency permits for the VITR submarine cable removal and installation project.
ICF conducted pre- and post-cable removal eelgrass monitoring, and conducted yearly post-removal and post-installation monitoring until eelgrass recovery criteria were met. In coordination with Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Coast Guard, and Whatcom County Department of Parks and Recreation, we developed a beach restoration/nourishment and revegetation plan as part of project mitigation. We designed an upland revegetation plan for dune and beach areas in Whatcom County’s Lighthouse Park at Point Roberts, Washington, and conducted two years of installation monitoring at this location. We also retained the services of a coastal geomorphologist to design and supervise installation of an upland beach nourishment site within the park.
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