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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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