CHAP Portfolio Projects
This occurs when sufficient steps have not been taken to avoid or minimize adverse impacts to aquatic or terrestrial resources. Compensation includes mitigation undertaken to replace lost or adversely impacted habitat with habitat having similar functions of equal or greater ecological value. Mitigation or compensation for impacts can occur for loss of habitat, development of threatened and endangered species habitat, and damages caused by oil spills or contaminates. CHAP approach moves away from simple mitigation ratios that only account for area or acres affected to accounting for the biodiversity and functions the habitat and acreage provides. To follow are several examples of areas that were evaluated as part of Oregon’s Willamette Valley wildlife habitat loss assessment.
- Beggren (Hunsaker) – Oregon
- Green Island – Oregon
- Herbert Farms – Oregon
- Noble Farms – Oregon
- Trappist Abby – Oregon
- Wildish – Oregon
- Zena – Oregon
This results in activities to address or restore significant ecosystem function, structure, and dynamic processes that have been degraded. Ecosystem restoration efforts involve a comprehensive examination of the problems contributing to the system degradation, and the development of alternative means for their solution. This approach is often viewed as putting back the pieces necessary to make it whole again. The intent of restoration is to partially or fully reestablish the attributes of a naturalistic, functioning, and self-regulating system. To do this evaluation CHAP assesses baseline conditions along with and without the project whereby “with project” includes alternative solutions to address or fix the problem(s). To follow are several examples of areas that were evaluated for ecosystem restoration.
- Big Bear Lake – California
- Headworks – Los Angeles River – California
- San Francisco Bay – South Shoreline – California
Flood Risk Management:
This is managing for both floodwaters to reduce the potential of flooding and floodplains to reduce the consequence of flooding. To do this evaluation, CHAP assesses baseline conditions along with and without the project whereby “with project” includes alternative solutions to address or fix the problem(s). To follow is an example of an area that was evaluated for Flood Risk Management.
- Los Angeles River – California
Develop a Baseline Ecological Condition:
This is describing and evaluating the existing conditions of an area that include its species, habitat types, structural conditions, key environmental correlates and functions that occur at a site or project. Baseline condition assessments are usually done to establish a base whereby future actions can be gauged against. To follow are several examples of sites that were assessed to determine baseline conditions.
- Chahalpam – Oregon
- Espanola – New Mexico
- Other Idaho-Oregon-Washington Sites