Grading Permit 00-215 Berm Construction and Farmland Stabilization

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
San Benito County
Document Title
Grading Permit 00-215 Berm Construction and Farmland Stabilization
Document Type
NEG - Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
Agricultural Productive/Floodplain AP/FP
Document Description
The purpose of this project is to reclaim and protect agricultural lands lost in the 1998 flood events. When completed, over 24 acres of land would be reclaimed for agricultural purposes and 5 acres would be restored as native riparian community. The project involves the construction of a third of a mile long, 22-foot wide, earthen berm that would vary in height from 12 to 18 feet above the present grade. The berm would create a defined riparian buffer of 150 to 250 feet from the current channel for the Tres Pinos Creek. Berm construction will involve digging a trench 8 feet deep and 10 feet wide at the base. The trench would be filled with clean riprap with a minimum of 2-foot soil cover and there would be approximately 4,000 cubic yards of fill involved in the construction the berm. Following berm construction, plantings of willows and other native vegetation would occur on the west face and approximately 130,000 cubic yards of agricultural fill would be placed on the east side of the berm over a period of 10 years. The applicant has submitted a hydrologist report as part of his application. The recommendations of this report have been incorporated into the project. Berm construction is proposed to be phase over 2 to 4 years. Some of the berm construction has been completed in the winter of 2001 under an emergency application to the Department of Fish and Game.

Contact Information

Susan Heiser
Agency Name
San Benito County
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Benito
Cross Streets
Highway 25 and Bolado
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
Tres Pinos River

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
Development Types
Other (Farmland Restoration)
Local Actions
Grading Permit
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Cultural Resources, Drainage/Absorption, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Hydrology/Water Quality, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildlife
State Reviewing Agencies
California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 5 (DOT), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Coast Region 3 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Department of Water Resources, Resources Agency, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW)
Reviewing Agency Comments
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW)

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