Wood Creek Project

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Summary

SCH Number
2008082028
Lead Agency
Humboldt County
Document Title
Wood Creek Project
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Received
Posted
9/12/2008
Present Land Use
Zoning: [AE-60,F,T] Agriculture Exclusive, Floodway, Trans. Ag Lands & [NR/W] Natural Resources /Coastal Wetlands lGen Plan: AE & NR

Document Description
A Conditional Use Permit to allow restoration activities to occur on a 54-acre "Freshwater Farms Reserve" currently owned and managed by the Northcoast Regional Land Trust (NRLT). Wood Creek, a perennial stream, crosses through the property before entering Freshwater Slough. To enhance salmonid and tidewater goby access, the project proposes to restore tidal hydrology to diked-former tidelands through the expansion of brackish marsh habitat and the removal of the primary barrier to fish migration on Wood Creek. In 2005, McBain & Tush Inc. developed the Freshwater Slough Estuary Rehabilitation Project for the California Department of Fish and Game. Based on McBain & Tush's work, the NRLT and the Redwood Community Action Agency's Natural Resources Services (RCAA) subsequently applied for and received public funding to implement the Wood Creek Estuary, Tidal Marsh, and Fish Access Enhancement Project (the project). The applicants collected baseline topographic and hydrologic data, proposed four alternative concenptual designs, and with public input selected a preferred design to restore and preserve estuarine and tidal marsh functions, and improve fish access through the conversion of approximately 29 acres of seasonal pasture to brackish marsh habitat. Project activities include: removal of the existing tidegate on Wood Creek, removal of a defunct waterman tidegate and culvert south of Wood Creek, relocation of cattle fencing to the future borders of the restoration area, installation of a salinity sill, improving an existing stream crossing by replacement of a failed culvert with a flat car bridge, excavating slough channels and redistribution of spoils to create desired surface elevations, and the planting of salt marsh and riparian vegetation. The project is located within the California Coastal Commission's retained Coastal Permit jurisdiction. Natural Resources Use Types such as Fish and Wildlife Habitat Management, Watershed Management, and Wetland Restoration are Conditionally Permitted Uses within the Agriculture Exclusive Zone.

Contact Information
Steven Lazar
Humboldt County Community Development Services
3015 H Street
Eureka, CA 95501

Phone : (707) 268-3741

Location

Coordinates
40°47'8"N 124°6'1"W
Cities
Eureka
Counties
Humboldt
Cross Streets
Myrtle Avenue and Pigeon Point Road
Zip
95503
Total Acres
54
Parcel #
402-291-15
State Highways
101
Railways
Northwest Pacific RR
Airports
Murray Field
Schools
Freshwater
Waterways
Humboldt Bay, Freshwater Creek, Eureka Sough
Township
5N
Range
1E
Section
29, 30
Base
HB&M

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
Humboldt County Planning Commission
Approving Agency Role
Lead Agency
Approved On
Final Environmental Document Available at
N/A

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 Mitigated or a Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
Yes
(2c) An other document type was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
No
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
Yes
(4) A mitigation reporting or monitoring plan was adopted for this project
N/A
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
No
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
No

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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