In March 2013 BIO-WEST was contracted to respond to an accidental release of diesel fuel from a ruptured pipeline near Willard Bay in Box Elder County, Utah. BIO-WEST personnel were at the release site on day one of the spill, assessing impacts to water resources, wildlife, and vegetation. BIO-WEST staff made onsite recommendations for spill clean-up, public safety, site remediation, and habitat restoration. A quick assessment was produced by BIO-WEST, and personnel provided further recommendations and oversight during clean-up and recovery efforts. An aggressive approach to clean-up was deemed necessary because large numbers of migratory birds were anticipated. By April 2013 all free product had been removed from the site.
BIO-WEST continued to work as part of the spill response team, to report on and coordinate ongoing efforts. Post-clean-up tasks have included delineating area wetlands and hydrology, monitoring vegetation, assisting with planting and revegetation, noxious weed treatments, saltcedar (Tamarix sp.) and Russian olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia) removal, and constructing habitat boxes for bats and ducks. BIO-WEST is monitoring area wildlife, implementing a site restoration and habitat enhancement plan, and will produce an ongoing implementation and monitoring plan. The overall objective is not only to restore the area to its pre-spill condition but also to improve the area beyond its previous state. This includes wetland enhancements, invasive species removal, and visitor amenities such as trails with raised boardwalks and interpretive sites. Long-term tasks may include a more comprehensive restoration and implementation plan and an environmental protocol to monitor the area for lasting impacts.