Mt. View Sanitary District (MVSD) is thrilled to announce the successful completion of the 2-year Moorhen Marsh Western Pond Turtle Enhancement Project construction project earlier this year. Along with improved wetland and riparian habitat, the newly enhanced 21-acre constructed wetland now boasts the following visitor amenities:
ADA walking trails
A new boardwalk and viewing platform
Dip-netting areas for students
Ten new interpretive panels
Originally constructed in 1974, 2019 also marks the 45th anniversary for this historic wetland as well as the 95th anniversary for MVSD. We hope you will join us in commemorating these significant milestones while enjoying the following activities:
Ribbon-cutting ceremony with Master of Ceremonies Doug McConnell, host and managing editor of OpenRoad with Doug McConnell Sunday nights at 6:30 on NBC Bay Area
Wildlife programs including bird walks, dip-netting for children and families, and live animal presentations!
Nature-oriented community partner booths
Fun, free activities for children and families, including a “Passport to Adventure” to collect stamps and stickers for prizes!
Refreshments, live music and much more!
See invitation here or below for more information — We hope you can join us for this celebration!
The Board of Directors of the Mt. View Sanitary District has declared its intention to amend its Conflict of Interest Code to add the new District positions Maintenance Scheduler/Planner and Administrative Services Manager and to change the reporting categories for the Wastewater Operations Supervisor and Laboratory Analyst positions. A continued Public Hearing has been scheduled for November 8, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. To review a copy of the proposed amendment click here.
Moorhen Marsh is closed to the public as pre-construction activities related to Phase B work on the Moorhen Marsh Western Pond Turtle Habitat Enhancement Project begin. Some of the pre-construction activities underway include pond dewatering, fish rescue, vegetation cutting and installation of the wildlife exclusion fence. Currently, Moorhen Marsh is anticipated to be closed to the public through February 3, 2019.
The Moorhen Marsh Western Pond Turtle Habitat Enhancement Project will include wetland and riparian habitat improvements, installation of the new ADA trail, the construction of the viewing platform and board walk, a second dip-netting site for school students, and enhancements to wetland and riparian habitat to benefit western pond turtle, North American river otter, green heron, and black-crowned night heron.
In conjunction with data collected during the Western Pond Turtle Study, consulting biologist Jeff Alvarez and District Biologist Kelly Davidson, along with biologist Gary Kittleson and reptile veterinarian Louisa Asseo, co-authored an article on the potential of injury and mortality to western pond turtles during upland vegetation maintenance activities like mowing and disking. The article was accepted for publication by the journal of the Western Section of the Wildlife Society, Western Wildlife, and was published online October 23rd.
Western Wildlife is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal that publishes original research, notes, reviews, perspectives, and correspondence on the ecology, natural history, management, and conservation biology of animals. You can access the current volume at the Western Wildlife website here: http://wwjournal.org/home/current_volume/. You can access the article on our website at this link