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. + ,^ ATSI <br /> A ua Terr.Systems, Inc. <br /> ' 12 January 2006 <br /> 5 Don Measamer, Assistant Director <br /> Planning and Community Development Department <br /> City of Anacortes <br /> 904 6th Street <br /> P.O. Box 547 <br /> Anacortes, WA 98221-0547 <br /> Re: cursory site assessment for Georgia Avenue <br /> Dear Mr..Measamer: <br /> As requested, ATSI has performed a cursory review of the following parcel for the <br /> presence of wetlands. The subject parcel is located in the northeast corner of Oakes <br /> Avenue and Georgia Avenue, Anacortes, Washington (Figure 1).1 We did not observe <br /> !wetlands on this parcel <br /> The topographical profile of the parcel suggests that it is a remnant ravine (Figure 2). <br /> The side slopes of the remnant ravine are dominated by native plant species: red alder <br /> (Alnus rubra), grand fir(Abies grandis), and big leaf maple (Acer macrophyllum) in the <br /> canopy; salmonbeny (Rubus spectabilis) in the shrub layer; and, sword fern <br /> (Polystichum munitum) in the herbaceous layer. The"bottom" of the slope and the area <br /> adjacent to Oakes Avenue is composed of a gravelly cobbley, silt loam soil material that <br /> appears to be historic fill. The vegetation in this area is dominated by non-native plant <br /> species: Himalayan blackberry (Rubus procerus) and unidentified grasses. <br /> We dug two 14-inch deep test pits at the bottom of the sloped area. We did not observe <br /> free water or indicators of soil saturation in the test pits. We observed one small puddle, <br /> about 3 feet in diameter, in this area. The water was sitting on the compacted soil <br /> surface and not within in the soil profile. <br /> Because it has been raining for the past two weeks, i.e., it is the wet season, I would <br /> expect wetland hydrology to be present on this site if wetlands occur here. I also <br /> observed an approximate 12" pipe at the base of the slope extending under Oakes <br /> Avenue. There was not water in this pipe. <br /> Since I did not observe wetland hydrology, and since the site appears to have well <br /> drained gravel soil, and the vegetation is not dominated by hydrophytic wetland plants, I <br /> determined that wetlands do not occur on the subject parcel. <br /> I trust that th ments above are to your satisfaction. Please do not hesitate to <br /> contact me i ou ha further questions. <br /> Sin ely <br /> Wigg ns M:S., P. .S. <br /> Press <br /> ATSI <br />