DID YOU KNOW
Since 2011, the Ascon project has funded the propagation of the Southern Tarplant (Centromadia parryi subsp. australis) as part of the Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program (MMRP). Southern Tarplant is an annual herb native to California and considered a rare or protected plant species. A pilot test planting of Southern Tarplant at the Huntington Beach Wetlands near Ascon proved unsuccessful.
Over 5 acres of Southern Tarplant seed harvested by biologists from Ascon were planted at Fairview Park in Costa Mesa and the Zedler Marsh at Los Cerritos Wetlands in Long Beach. The Southern Tarplant counts fluctuate with weather and rain conditions, with a peak plant total of over a quarter million. After the final cleanup is completed and the environmental cap constructed, Ascon will be planted with a variety of California native plants, which will provide pollinator and bird habitat. Learn more here.
MAINTENANCE: Regular maintenance will be conducted within the Site and around the perimeter fence areas, including gate areas, as needed, in preparation for the wet season and annual winterization.
PIT F EXCAVATION AND REMOVAL COMPLETED:
The Pit F excavation and equipment demobilization were completed in September 2021. Pit F information is archived on asconhb.com here.
SECURITY: 24-hour onsite security continues. Security is not always visible at the entrance gates. In addition to 24/7 onsite security, there are regular visits by air quality technicians, Site inspectors and Site maintenance personnel. Unannounced visitors without official business or agency oversight of Ascon are not permitted to enter the Site. Trespassers will be reported to the Huntington Beach Police Department and DTSC.
You may see: You may see flashlights or headlights from a limited number of vehicles at night conducting inspections and providing security at the 38-acre Site.
- DTSC continues weekly inspections of Ascon. Their reports can be found on the DTSC database Envirostor.
- City of Huntington Beach continues its regular stormwater inspections of Ascon.
- Regular inspections are conducted by Orange County Vector Control of the onsite detention basins and other areas of the Ascon site where water may be detained. These inspections typically are conducted monthly. Active mitigation measures by Vector Control are protective of the community, as well as onsite workers, to prevent mosquitoes and other pests. The most recent inspection by Orange County Vector Control was conducted on November 1.
- Bonfires in fire pits at Huntington State Beach periodically can generate a noticeable fire or smoky odor at and around Ascon.
- Please note there currently is a large mural painting project at the AES power facility southwest of Ascon.
- There are automobile storage activities that may generate noise or dust unrelated to Ascon at the former tank farm property, south of Ascon and adjacent to Magnolia Street.
- Orange County Public Works is continuing work on the Sheet Pile Repair Project on the Huntington Beach Channel, south and southwest of Ascon.
Air monitoring continues both on the Ascon Site and at community locations, which includes dust data at upwind (offsite sources) and downwind stations on the Ascon Site documenting effective dust control measures.
Where to find 24/7 air monitoring data and live stream weather: Sitewide and neighborhood air monitoring data and live streaming weather conditions from the Ascon site are found on the Actively Monitoring Air Quality page on asconhb.com. Data are submitted to DTSC and shared on their online document archive, Envirostor. To view archived air monitoring results posted by DTSC on Envirostor, click on “Community Involvement Documents” and scroll to “Updates and Information.”
SEE SOMETHING? HAVE A QUESTION? Call our information line: 714-388-1825
DRONES: The community is asked to not fly drones over the Ascon when there is active work. This could create worker and Site safety issues. We appreciate the community’s assistance by preventing drone flights over sensitive onsite equipment and the power lines along the perimeter of Ascon.
ENTRANCE AND EXIT GATES: Entering the Ascon site is prohibited to those who are not authorized. The community is asked to keep a safe distance from both entrance and exit gates at Ascon, and refrain from parking, walking, or standing in these areas. The gates on Magnolia Street and Hamilton Avenue may open unexpectedly for workers conducting air monitoring and site inspections, as well as supply delivery and removal.
PEDESTRIANS: Pedestrians have been observed walking next to Ascon along Magnolia and Hamilton streets next to the concrete fence base where there currently is no sidewalk. We encourage pedestrians to use the sidewalks on the east side of Magnolia and the north side of Hamilton to avoid walking near or in front of entrance and exit gates.
PHYSICAL DISTANCING: Work at Ascon is being conducted under Site safety protocols regarding COVID-19 and ongoing protocols and procedures to maintain job safety. These practices apply to air quality professionals and other team members who may be outside the fence conducting work. We ask for the community’s support of these safety practices by maintaining physical distancing to allow these professionals to focus on their work and stay safe.
Have a Question or Concern?
Please contact the Ascon community information line at 714-388-1825 or email [email protected] If there is a potential emergency, please call 911. Find information about Pit F and view telemetry air monitoring data here. Sign up for AsconAlert, an opt-in community alert system for the Ascon project here.
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