The project is limited to two encroachments for aggregate extraction from the Huffman and Sultan Bars of the Smith River, Del Norte County. The Permittee proposes to extract up to a total of 75,000 cubic yards of gravel from the Huffman Bar (up to 50,000 cubic yards) and the Sultan Bar (up to 25,000 cubic yards) extraction sites every year. The Permittee shall remove gravel only from those areas where the Permittee has secured legal entitlement to such gravel. For the purposes of this Agreement, the term legal entitlement is defined as all project conditions, methods, place of operation, and project descriptions contained within the project's Del Norte County Use Permit #8109 and reclamation plan that have been approved by Del Norte County. All work shall be as specified in the Permittee's notification, preextraction plan (reviewed and approved by CDFW); and all other supporting environmental documents (including but not limited to the Negative Declaration approved by the Del Norte County Planning Commission, July 5, 2000; State Clearinghouse Number 2000042093), except as otherwise indicated in the Project Conditions of this Agreement.
Aggregate extraction consists of removal of alluvial material from the Huffman and Sultan bars on the Smith River. Extraction would be conducted with scrapers, excavators, bulldozers, loaders and dump trucks. Aggregate would be scraped or excavated from the bar surfaces and hauled to an approved rock processing facility. Extraction would occur during the summer low-flow period when alluvial deposits are exposed. Fisheries enhancement or off-channel extractions may be included that involve connection of extraction areas to the wetted channel or removal of sparse woody riparian vegetation. Aggregate extraction methods and volumes are consistent with the approved annual extraction work plans.