State Route 74 / Ortega Highway Safety Improvements (EA 043200)

3 Documents in Project

Summary

SCH Number
2005031040
Lead Agency
Caltrans 12 (Santa Ana) (California Department of Transportation, District 12)
Document Title
State Route 74 / Ortega Highway Safety Improvements (EA 043200)
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Received
Posted
5/30/2006
Present Land Use
Open Space

Document Description
The California Department of Fish and Game is executing a Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreement number 1600-2006-0084-R5 pursuant to Section 1602 of the Fish and Game Code to the project applicant, Mr. Mili Lim of California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). The applicant will alter the streambed of unnamed drainages and San Juan Creek, tributary to Pacific Ocean by the installation of 5 new and 41 existing culverts. It is anticipated that two rock culverts would receive only minor retrofits. Forty inlets are proposed to convey on-site water to the culverts and discharge it to San Juan Creek. Asphalt concrete (AC) dikes would also be incorporated to minimize erosion. Corrugated metal pipe (CMP) culverts would be replaced by reinforced concrete pipe (RCP) via open cut method. Replacement would occur only from the level of the roadway. All RCP would be installed at the same location where currently CMP exist. The operator shall not impact more than 0.125 acre of stream channel and associated wetland/riparian habitat subject to Department jurisdiction pursuant to Fish and Game Code Section 1600 et. seq. of which approximately 0.055 acre are permanent impacts and approximately 0.07 acre are temporary impacts. The operator shall mitigate for impacts by removing four acres of Arundo donax and/or other invasive riparian vegetation from the San Juan Creek watershed, remove existing asphalt and structures at the Lower San Juan Creek Picnic Area, restore 0.24 acre of oak woodland, 0.335 acre of chaparral, and create 0.444 acre of riparian vegetation (including wetlands) at the Lower San Juan Creek Picnic Area (adjacent to San Juan Creek) and a total of 0.37 acre of coastal sage scrub will be restored at the on-site planting area and barrier fencing will be installed to keep arroyo toads from entering the construction area.

Contact Information
Naeem Siddiqui
California Department of Fish and Game
4949 Viewridge Avenue
San Diego, CA 92123

Phone : (562) 493-6897

Location

Cities
San Juan Capistrano
Counties
Orange
Cross Streets
SR 74 / San Juan Cyn Bridge-Orange / Riverside County Line
Zip
92530
Total Acres
28
Parcel #
N/A - In Cleveland National Forest
State Highways
SR 74
Waterways
San Juan Creek
Township
7S
Range
6W
Section
2
Base
Sitton P
Other Location Info
Lake Elsinore
Other Information
Base: Sitton Peak

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
California Department of Fish and Game
Approving Agency Role
Responsible Agency
Approved On
Final EIR Available Location
Caltrans

Determinations

(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
No
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
No
(2b) A Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
Yes
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
Yes
(4) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
No
(5) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
No
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