I've read that vernal pools can be redeveloped to be almost identical to the pools that were once
there. The only difference was that the new vernal pools didn't have as deep a layer of organic sediment on the bottom.
These vernal pools were in places such as west campus at UCSB and open space in Isla Vista. But these vernal pools were developed by scientists on open space, not where buildings were. I think vernal pools would grow
back after the buildings were gone, too.
If you walk around open spaces on west campus UCSB, or near Lake Los Carneros, you can find traces of asphalt roads and the foundations of buildings that are almost hidden by plants now.
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