Huntington and Alamitos: protecting valuable wetlands

June 25, 2019 | Kieways 2019 Q2

The Huntington Beach project was a stone’s throw away from coastal wetlands — home to fish, birds and endangered species. To protect the wetlands and its inhabitants, the project team worked closely with its designated biologist, the city of Huntington Beach and the Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy, a non-profit organization that owns and manages 118 acres of coastal wetlands.

To show its commitment to protecting the wetlands, Kiewit worked with AES to provide the Conservancy with a new learning trailer last year.

“To our great surprise, Kiewit chose to purchase a new, and much larger, unit for our needs and donated it to the Conservancy,” said Conservancy Executive Director John Villa in the group’s newsletter. “With great thanks and appreciation, we must acknowledge AES Huntington Beach and Kiewit Corporation for their generous donation of our new educational facility.”

In addition to protecting the wetlands during construction, Kiewit employees also supported the wetlands off the clock. In March, Huntington Beach and Alamitos teams participated in the Bolsa Chica Wetlands Cleanup Day. Employees and their families picked up trash from trails and waterways, removed invasive non-native plants and replanted native species to increase the viability, health and diversity of the rare coastal habitat.


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