To collect seepage relative to the Hamilton Wetlands Restoration Project and San Pablo Bay.
Description and Background
The Hamilton Levee provides flood protection from tidal water to the developments in the easterly part of Hamilton Field nearest San Pablo Bay. The Levee is situated along the westerly side of the old air force base runway/taxiway system which was converted to wetlands by the US Army Corps of Engineers and the State Coastal Conservancy. The wetlands were opened to tidal action of San Pablo Bay in 2014. During the wetlands construction, which included depositing hydraulic fill material on the runways from the Port of Oakland dredging project, some of the excess water that was expected to flow towards the bay was found to be seeping through underground conduits that were not sufficiently plugged during construction of the Levee. Phase I of the project installed under drains (called "toe drains") at select locations along the Levee to collect that seepage and discharge it into the storm drainage system and ultimately to the storm drain pump station at the end of Hangar Avenue.
Phase II of the project will install additional drains in the areas where future seepage could occur. Installation of new drains and maintenance of previously installed seepage drains are an essential part of maintaining levee accreditation from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Levee is currently accredited and provides flood protection to the property owners in portions of Hamilton.
Construction work along Emerson Avenue, Moore Road and Maybeck Street began in early August and is projected to last 8-10 weeks.
Status Update 8/24/17
During the toe drain pipe installation the bank/slope of the levee was disturbed by construction activities. The City's contractor has been directed to restore the vegetation by hydroseeding. Hydroseeding is a process where a combination of seed, fertilizer, biostimulants, moisture retention polymers, tackifiers, mulch and water are sprayed onto the ground to establish vegetation and control erosion. Hydroseeding offers many advantages over conventional seeding processes such as quicker, more uniform germination and super erosion control. The mix will be applied by truck mounted sprayer and will consist of the following materials:
|Hydroseeding Material||Application Rate (lbs/acre)|
|Seed Mix, Pacific Coast Seed “Native Erosion Control Mix”, LaBallister’s “Hold Fast Native Blend” or approved equal||45|
|Hydraulic mulch, cellulose fiber mulch, conforming to Section 21-1.02D of the 2015 Standard Specifications||3000|
|Tackifier, plant-based, conforming to Section 21-1.02E of the 2015 Standard Specifications||150|
|Organic Fertilizer, Biosol® 7-2-1 or approved equal||500|
|Public Works Department