Fish and habitat response to the natural flow regime of the North Fork of the American River


SCH Number
Public Agency
University of California, Davis
Document Title
Fish and habitat response to the natural flow regime of the North Fork of the American River
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
UC Davis will conduct a research project requiring the installation of four 6-foot tall radio receiver-antenna stations and the collection of in-stream data near and along the North Fork of the American River. The antennae sites will be near the bank, above the height that water would reach during winter floods. Placement of equipment will not involve removal of trees, nor cutting branches because the sites will be chosen in clearings where trees are already sparse enough for the solar panels. Placement of equipment will not involve significant movement of vegetation, soil, or rocks. One or two rocks (weighing less than 20 pounds) may be moved to stabilize the tripod. In-stream work will include snorkeling to survey fish, amphibians, macroinvertebrates, water quality, and substrate, and tagging fish cause by recreational anglers. The stream channel will no be modified.

Contact Information

Sid England
Agency Name
University of California, Davis
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency



Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
This project qualifies as categorically exempt under Exemption Class 3 of the Guidelines for the implementation to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). This exemption applies to the installation of minor facilities and the project also qualifies as exempt under Exemption Class 4 as a minor alteration to land. All in-stream work will include personnel trained in the identification of the foothill yellow-legged frog and all work to survey the frog will be overseen by an expert with the frog and holding a valid CDFG scientific collection permit for the frog. The surveys will include no collection of yellow-legged frogs and no expected disturbance to the frog. The survey work will include visual identification of the frog and occasional use of drip nets for species confirmation. In addition, none of the exceptions for application of a categorical exemption apply to this project.

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