Fairview Park vernal pools to get fencing

Eight vernal pools at Fairview Park will get much-needed fencing in an effort to protect that area’s biological habitat and prevent encroachment from visitors.

Costa Mesa plans to spend upwards of $150,000 to install 6,500 linear feet of cable rail fencing around seven vernal pools on the park’s west side and one on the east side.

The project is in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“It’ll help the public and city crews in understanding what the limits of these pools are and where people should be and stay away from,” said Raja Sethuraman, director of public services for the city. “We want to come up with something that looks more permanent and prominent.”

Sethuraman recalled an incident earlier this year when a vehicle went through a vernal pool at the 208-acre park.

He did say how many vernal pools are in the park.

The vernal pools are wetlands that are home to endangered San Diego and Riverside fairy shrimp.

The city hopes to receive bids for the project in the fall and begin work in November.

“Our goal is to get it done before we get significant rains,” Sethuraman said Wednesday. “Hopefully by the end of this year if we can.”

If the bid comes under $150,000, the project would not have to go to the city council, he said, adding that it will still be reviewed by the Fairview Park Steering Committee.

Glenn Lukos Associates, the city’s consultant for Fairview Park, conducted a survey to mark boundaries of the vernal pools after the busy substantial rainfall earlier this year.

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