San Diego Management & Monitoring Program



J26 Vernal Pool Monitoring- Vista Del Mar Elementary School Project

in progress

Project description

Five-year monitoring of vernal pool reference site J26 Vernal Pool Complex as part of the comprehensive mitigation program associated with the construction of the San Ysidro School District's Vista Del Mar Elementary School. The J26 Complex is formally recognized by the USFWS as a vernal pool reference site. It is located 10 km north of the restoration area. Vernal pools in the J26 Complex were chosen as control pools to monitor restoration success. This includes monitoring of San Diego fairy shrimp populations, vernal pool plant germination and abundance, and levels of inundation in a healthy vernal pool system.


Project protocol

Name: J26 Vernal Pool Complex Programmatic Reference Pool Monitoring Protocol

Description: Post-restoration monitoring methods for the programmatic reference vernal pools in the J26 vernal pool complex as they relate to 5-year monitoring requirements for a vernal pool restoration project that is part of a comprehensive mitigation program associated with construction of the San Ysidro School District’s (SYSD) Vista Del Mar Elementary School.

Protocol attachment: Programmatic Reference Pool Monitoring Protocol.pdf 43.25KB


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Project focus

Project type: Monitoring


Project data files

Target species: San Diego fairy shrimp

Target vegetation: vernal pools and alkali playa


Implementing entities

Main implementing entity: Environmental Science Assoc.

Partner: Rocks Biological Consulting

Point of contact: Rosanne Humphrey

SDMMP lead: Sarah McCutcheon

Study lead: Rosanne Humphrey


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