Davies/Merril Watershed Restoration Project

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Regional Water Quality Control Board, Region 6 (Lahontan)
Document Title
Davies/Merril Watershed Restoration Project
Document Type
NEG - Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
The Forest Service owns majority of surrounding land, which is used mainly for motorized and non-motorized recreation & grazing.

Document Description
The watershed restoration project is located on Davies and Merril Creeks, within approximately 14 acres of Sardine Valley, Merril Valley, Jones Valley Meadows, and along the upper reaches of Davies Creek upstream of Sardine Valley. Failing rock check dams, railroad grades constructed in the 1920s, and existing and abandoned road sections in or immediately adjacent to the channels have caused excessive erosion, headcuts, down-cutting, channel diversion and construction, and loss or degradation of riparian habitat, flood plain attenuation and function, and groundwater storage. Project restoration activities include stabilizing headcuts, relocating stream flow to original channels, closing off the existing degraded channels, removing obstructive debris (i.e., the historic railroad grades and abandoned roads) from flood plains, installing interpretive signs to inform the public of the historic railroad system and why it was removed, and revegetating disturbed areas.

Contact Information
George Cella
Regional Water Quality Control Board, Region 6 (Lahontan)
Lead/Public Agency
2501 Lake Tahoe Boulevard
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Phone : (530) 542-5426


Total Acres
Davies Creek, Merril Creek, Stampede Reservoir
Other Location Info

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Other (Watershed restoration)
Project Issues
Aesthetics Agriculture and Forestry Resources Air Quality Cultural Resources Cumulative Effects Drainage/Absorption Flood Plain/Flooding Geology/Soils Hazards & Hazardous Materials Hydrology/Water Quality Land Use/Planning Mineral Resources Noise Population/Housing Public Services Recreation Sewer Capacity Transportation Vegetation Wetland/Riparian Wildfire Wildlife
Reviewing Agencies
Cal Fire California Department of Fish and Wildlife, North Central Region 2 (CDFW) California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) California Department of Parks and Recreation California Department of Transportation, District 3 (DOT) California Highway Patrol California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC) Department of Water Resources Office of Historic Preservation Resources Agency State Water Resources Control Board, Divison of Financial Assistance

Disclaimer: The document was originally posted before CEQAnet had the capability to host attachments for the public. To obtain the original attachments for this document, please contact the lead agency at the contact information listed above. You may also contact the OPR via email at state.clearinghouse@opr.ca.gov or via phone at (916) 445-0613.

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