Dos Palmas Wetland Creation Project

3 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Coachella Valley Water District
Document Title
Dos Palmas Wetland Creation Project
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Present Land Use
Land Uses: Bureau of Land Management, Dos Palmas Preserve General Plan: Bureau of Land Management, Dos Palmas Preserve

Document Description
The Coachella Canal Lining Project (CCLP) was established to minimize water loss due to ground seepage in the approximate 30-mile, earthen section of the canal between siphons 7 and 31 in Riverside and Imperial counties. Construction activities related to the CCLP began in October 2004 and were completed in April 2007. As part of the mitigation required to offsite environmental effects associated with the CCLP, the project is to replace wetlands and springs that were lost during project construction. The BLM and other federal, state, and local agencies have identified the Dos Palmas Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) as the site for the creation of a 17-acre marsh, the Wetland Project. The ACEC encompasses both public and private lands and includes important habitat for the federally-listed Desert Pupfish, Yuma Clapper Rail, other plant and wildlife species, and cultural resources. The Wetland Project consists of the creation of 17 acres of emergent marsh and aquatic plant communities located on land owned by the BLM. This project would be constructed on land adjacent to existing emergent marsh habitat. The creation of the marsh would provide habitat for sensitive bird species such as the federally-listed Yuma Clapper Rail and the state-listed California Black Rail which have been documented in wetlands within the project area. The marsh would also provide habitat for a variety of songbirds, invertebrates, and small mammals. The 17-acre marsh would be constructed between Aqua Farms and Rancho Dos Palmas in an area with a shallow gradient mostly devoid of vegetation. This location has a reliable source of water at the north end, highpoint, of the site. The ground slopes gently to the south which lends itself well to creation of a series of shallow pools. Pools would form behind created berms and would range from saturated soil to a 4-inch water depth and would drain into the existing Core Marsh and Salt Creek.

Contact Information
Luke Stowe
Coachella Valley Water District
Lead/Public Agency
85-995 Avenue 52 P.O. Box 1058
Coachella, CA 92236

Phone : (760) 398-2661 ext. 2545


Cross Streets
State Highway 111 and Parkside Drive
Total Acres
State Highways
State Highway 111
Union Pacific
Salt Creek and Coachella Canal
Other Location Info
City/Nearest Community: North Shore

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
Coachella Valley Water District
Approving Agency Role
Lead Agency
Approved On
Final Environmental Document Available at
Coachella Valley Water District


(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2b) A Mitigated or a Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2c) An other document type was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
(4) A mitigation reporting or monitoring plan was adopted for this project
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA

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 or via phone at (916) 445-0613.

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