Early and Effective Endangered Species Act Section 7 ... - E2S2


Early and Effective Endangered Species Act Section 7 ... - E2S2

Early and Effective EndangeredSpecies Act Section 7Consultation to SupportClearance of Munitions andExplosives of Concern on IslaPiñeros, Puerto Rico

Project Team• Rich Reaves - CH2M HILL EnvironmentalServices Group• Stacin Martin - Naval Facilities EngineeringCommand Atlantic• Mark Davidson - BRAC ProgramManagement Office Southeast• Tom Roth - CH2M HILL Munitions ResponseGroup

Isla Piñeros• Small island off the east coast of Puerto Rico• Used for various military training exercisesfrom the late 1950s until 2004• Being returned to Commonwealth of PuertoRico following BRAC closure of RooseveltRoads Naval Base• Consultation Driver: potential nesting seaturtles on Isla Piñeros

Source: Delorme Xmap® 6

Isla Piñeros and Cabeza de Perro

MEC Issues

Proposed Work Areas

Beach Areas

Potential for MEC on Beaches

Potential for MEC at Boat AnchorLocations

Suitable for Anchor

Unsuitable for Anchor

Human Movement Limited to Trails

Potential for MEC on Trails

ESA Issue• Isla Piñeros and its surrounding waters may beused by 12 animal species or distinctpopulation segments listed as threatened orendangered under the Endangered SpeciesAct

Potentially Occurring Listed Species• Hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)• Leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)• Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)• West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus)• Elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata)• Staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis)• Piping plover (Charadrius melodus)• Roseate tern (Sterna dougalii)• Caribbean brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis occidentalis)• Yellow-shouldered blackbird (Agelaius xanthomus)• Puerto Rican boa (Epicrates inornatus)• Virgin Islands tree boa (Epicrates monensis granti)

ESA Regulatory Authority• USFWS– The 2 snake species and 4 bird species, and the 3sea turtle species on Isla Piñeros• NOAA MFS– West Indian manatee and 2 coral species, and the3 sea turtle species when in the ocean– Boat operation

Objectives• Protect the species• Complete the project• Maintain safety

Consultation Process• Informal coordination/ consultationduring project development• Phased approach– Determine MEC risk– Remove MEC

Potential for Impacts to Listed SpeciesTerrestrial (USFWS)• Removal of terrestrialvegetation• Use of equipment• Walking on beaches• Detonation of MECMarine (NMFS)• Boat operation• Removal of marinevegetation• Use of equipment• Presence of humans inthe water

Initial Consultation• Address activities to determine whether MECremoval is necessary (no detonation)• Simultaneous (USFWS and NMFS)• Develop protocols to conduct work withoutimpact to listed species• Terrestrial and marine surveys• Training of MEC Crews

Additional Consultation Issue• Puerto Rico DNER– Commenting Agency on consultation– Requested surveys for Commonwealth plants ofconcern potentially occurring on Isla Piñeros• Malpighia linearis• Maytenus cymosa• Ziziphus rignonii– No additional animal survey requests

Initial Investigation Results• MEC Removal from Isla Piñeros only - notfrom Cabeza de Perro• Staghorn and Elkhorn coral occur around IslaPiñeros• No Commonwealth plants of concern withinproposed work areas• Virgin Islands tree boa and Puerto Rican boado not occur on Isla Piñeros

Lion Lizard

Subsequent Consultations• MEC Removal and destruction from terrestriallocations on Isla Piñeros– Blow-in-place• MEC recovery from underwater locationsaround Isla Piñeros– Onshore destruction of recovered underwaterMEC

Additional Consultation Issues•Proposedlisting ofadditionalcoral species•EFH

Remaining Issues• Potential need to recover MEC from alarger area• Potential for unrecoverable underwaterMEC• Potential for additional consultation toauthorize disposal

Summary• Coordinate before submittal of BA– Major issues– Develop relationships• Develop plans as you coordinate• Consider phased approach– Reduce complexity– Focus on critical path• Adapt as you go• Be innovative


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