Dear Community Member,
SPU’s contractor is now onboard, and we are working with them on final preparations for the sediment removal project at Meadowbrook Pond. We plan to keep the pond open until they are ready to begin work, which will be the week of July 9th at the earliest.
Once work begins, Meadowbrook Pond will be closed for about 3 months. In-water work will be completed by the end of September with clean-up, demobilization, and site restoration extending into mid-October. Typical work hours will be Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
While most of the site will be closed for safety and security reasons as well as to enable the contractor to adequately stage equipment and efficiently remove sediment from the site, the perimeter pathway will remain open throughout much of construction with some intermittent closures.
We have heard from the community, and we know that the beavers and other wildlife are important. In preparation for construction, SPU coordinated with Washington State Fish and Wildlife and other agencies to identify an optimal time period for construction that will have the least affect fish and other aquatic life (also known as a “fish window”). In addition, environmental analysts from SPU’s Urban Ecosystems group are continuing to evaluate the site to minimize our impacts on wildlife during construction.
Based on our previous experience performing maintenance work at the pond and our understanding of mammal behaviors in urban ecosystems, the beaver family and other mammals currently at the pond will find food and shelter upstream and downstream of the work site and in unaffected areas within the project zone during the dredging work. They will have access to move upstream or downstream through the culverts entering and exiting the site. In addition, they may move over land nocturnally for short distances.
For general project information, please visit the project website at http://www.seattle.gov/util/EnvironmentConservation/Projects/MeadowbrookPond/ and/or attend the Meadowbrook Community Council meeting on Tuesday, July 10 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Meadowbrook Community Center (http://www.meadowbrookcouncil.com/event/meadowbrook-community-council-meeting-2/2018-07-10/).
I will be in touch in the coming weeks with additional project updates.