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Vernal Pools have been severely damaged

On March 29, 2017 illegal entry was made into Fairview Park vernal pool #4 by an intruder who caused severe damage. Railroad ties were removed in order to gain entry with a vehicle, which proceeded to spin its wheels and inflicted what appeared to be deliberate destruction in the federally protected vernal pool and marsh area.

The Fairview Park Preservation Alliance has asked the City of Costa Mesa, through its police department, to actively pursue a criminal investigation into this destructive and felonious act.

City staff has identified the culprits and is working with Federal resource agencies to determine appropriate charges. We will keep you posted.

AUGUST 15, 2017
Public Services, in collaboration with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, has completed bid documents for the Fairview Park Vernal Pool Fencing Project. Per the Fairview Park Master Plan, all seven vernal pools on the west side of the park, and one on the east side, will be protected by installing cable rail fencing. Approximately 6,500 linear feet of fencing will be installed in the fall of 2017.

The Fairview Park vernal pools are home to small aquatic crustaceans, the San Diego and Riverside fairy shrimp (Branchinecta sandiegonensis and Streptocephalus woottoni), which are listed as federally endangered species.

For more information on vernal pools and other biological resources at Fairview Park, please visit the  City’s website