The Silicon Valley Clean Water (formerly SBSA) pipeline project has been granted permission to resume work on a portion of Inner Bair Island by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Biologists performed a survey to determine if the California Clapper Rail (a wading bird) is mating in the area and found there was no action. The contractor is now allowed to bring equipment out onto the inner island work site (Receiving Shaft #2) to continue the pipe installation process.
The work on Bair Island is now inserting the HDPE pipe into the casing. The first two segments are complete from Jacking Shaft #2 (located on the property owned by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife near the new pedestrian bridge) to Receiving Shaft #2 on the Island and Receiving Shaft #1 located at the east end of the USFWS parking lot off of Bair Island Road. The contractor must also perform a pressure test on the pipe before they can begin to fill up the deep excavations. The duration of this work will continue through March 31.