Kern Plateau Stream and Riparian Restoration


SCH Number
Public Agency
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Document Title
Kern Plateau Stream and Riparian Restoration
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption

Document Description
This project consists of repairing existing headcut structures, and placing new grade stabilizing and headcut structures and conducting treatment effectiveness monitoring on streams on the Kern Plateau. The purpose is to reduce erosion, improve aquatic habitat, and prevent meadow vegetation from drying out. Four of the 7 project sites are on tributaries of the Kern River (Tulare Co.) and three are in the Cottonwood Creek watershed (Inyo Col), which flows to the Owens River. The structures would range from 3-4 feet in height, 3-6 feet in width, and would be within stream channels in meadows/wetlands.

Contact Information
Erin Lutrick
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Lead/Public Agency
351 Pacu Ln., Suite 200
Bishop, CA 93514

Phone : (760) 873-2545


Inyo Tulare

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
The project would cover about 0.24 acres. The purpose is reduction of streambank erosion and stream incision in meadows, where stream erosion appears to have been increased through anthropogenic activities. The project will use native materials (rocks and logs) as grade control structures to allow streams to aggrade and/or to reduce streambank erosion, improve water quality, improve meadow condition, and improve aquatic habitat for fish, amphibian, and macroinvertebrate species.

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