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Project Title:                      Livermore Area Recreation and Park District (LARPD)

                                              Garaventa Wetlands Preserve Project


Project Location:              Garaventa Wetlands Preserve Property in Livermore, California

                                              (North Vasco Rd. and Dalton Ave.)


Project Description:      

The Livermore Area Recreation and Park District (LARPD) proposes to construct a boardwalk, viewing platforms, and an access pathway to enable public access to alkali wetlands on a 21.4 acre LARPD-owned parcel in North Livermore. The Garaventa Wetlands Preserve Project (Project) is subject to the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The purpose of this Initial Study is to determine whether the Project would result in significant environmental impacts that cannot be mitigated, which would trigger the need for an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). This Initial Study / Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) is intended to satisfy the requirements of CEQA, the State CEQA Guidelines, and LARPD’s Environmental Review and Compliance Procedures.


Public Review:

The Livermore Area Recreation and Park District, as lead agency, has prepared a Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Garaventa Wetlands Preserve Project.


The public review period for the Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration begins on February 5, 2016 and ends on March 7, 2016.  The District will accept written comments until 12 noon on March 8, 2016.  The Draft Negative Declaration and associated documents may be viewed and downloaded from the District’s website at:


Paper copies or compact disc of the Draft Negative Declaration are available upon request by writing to Michelle Newbould, Livermore Area Recreation and Park District, 71 Trevarno Rd., Livermore, CA  94551, or by calling (925)373-4680, or by emailing your request to


In submitting written comments, please indicate in the Subject Line: “Comment Letter – Garaventa Wetlands Preserve Project MND.”  Written comments may be emailed to Chiye Azuma at ; or mailed to: 


Chiye Azuma, ASLA

Landscape Architect/CIP Manager

Livermore Area Recreation and Park District

71 Trevarno Rd.

Livermore, CA  94551



Quick Facts
Size: 21.4 acres
Closed Preserve

General information
Garaventa Wetlands Preserve is located in the Springtown area of Livermore and its unique habitat supports unusual plant and animal life.

Purple FlowersAlthough it is currently a closed preserve, you may make many observations from the Altamont Creek Trail located to the south of the preserve. A pair of binoculars will help in spotting some of the bird life. Burrowing owl, northern harrier, loggerhead shrike, red-winged blackbird and western meadowlark are among the species spotted here.

Plans for the future of this facility include a boardwalk that will provide access while protecting the habitat and unique species that live here.

Although at first glance this area may not seem impressive, the combination of seasonal wetlands and alkaline soil found here make this a special place. Not every plant can survive in these conditions. However, some plants have adapted to this demanding environment. Among them are spearscale, brittlescale and pickleweed. As the water in the seasonal pools dries up, circles of wildflowers make a brief but stunning appearance.


Pets – Due to the sensitive nature of this site, no pets or animals are allowed at any time.

Contact the rangers – If you have questions for the rangers you can call the ranger office at 925-960-2400 or can reach them by e-mail.

Find out more
Nature Notes– (learn more about local plants and wildlife)