Grading Permit 00-215 Berm Construction and Farmland Stabilization
NEG - Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
Agricultural Productive/Floodplain AP/FP
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.
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Cultural Resources, Drainage/Absorption, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Hydrology/Water Quality, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildlife
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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