Cover crops for winter erosion control


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Santa Cruz County Resource Conservation District
Document Title
Cover crops for winter erosion control
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption

Document Description
This project provides financial incentives and technical assistance to growers to plant winter cover crops for erosion control. These cover crops are anticipated to provide sediment load reductions to tributaries of the Pajaro River that we will quantify using the RUSLEII computer model. This project reminds growers of the benefits of cover cropping for both local waterways and grower's soil health. It also opens dialog and fosters relationships between conservation staff and growers to advance the implementation other farm water quality protection practices.

Contact Information
James McKenna
Resource Conservation District, Santa Cruz County
820 Bay Avenue, Suite 128
Capitola, CA 95010

Phone : (831) 464-2950


San Benito Santa Clara Santa Cruz

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
This project is categorically exempt pursuant to Sec. 15333 Small Habitat Restoration Project for the following reasons: -The project does not exceed five acres in size and assures restoration and enhancement of habitat for plants and wildlife. -There will be no significant adverse impact on endangered, rare or threatened species or their habitat pursuant to section 15065. -The project will not result in impacts that are significant when viewed in connection with the effects of past projects, the effects of other current projects, and the effects of probable future projects. -There are no hazardous materials at or around the project site that will be disturbed or removed. Furthermore, this project corresponds with examples of small restoration projects given in Sec. 15333, and will include the following types of restoration activities and benefits treatment of agricultural runoff to provide water quality benefits through the retention of sediment in accordance with USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service Guidelines (NRCS), the primary purpose of which is to reduce sedimentation and erosion.

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