Cottonwood Creek Siphon Replacement and Fish Passage Improvement Project

Summary

SCH Number
2010018175
Lead Agency
Anderson-Cottonwood Irrigation District
Document Title
Cottonwood Creek Siphon Replacement and Fish Passage Improvement Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received

Document Description
This project will improve access to salmon and steelhead spawning habitat in Cottonwood Creek by replacing a siphon that is impeding migratory movements of salmon and steelhead. The proposed action consists of replacing the existing siphon (pipe) that conveys water used by the Anderson-Cottonwood Irrigation District (ACID) south access Cottonwood Creek. Replacing the existing siphon where is crosses Cottonwood Creek will result in reduced potential for future failure of the structure (washout or rupture) and improved fish passage, both of which are recognized as environmentally and socially beneficial by the ACID, the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG), and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

Contact Information
Stan Wangberg
Anderson-Cottonwood Irrigation District
2810 Silver Street
Anderson, CA 96007

530-365-7329

Location

Counties
Shasta Los Angeles

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15302
Reasons for Exemption
Of the six exceptions to categorical exemptions listen in CCR Guidelines 15300., only Exception "C' could apply to the project. Projects that meet one or more exceptions may still be exempt; however, the exception must be addresses and analyzed with relevant facts and substantial evidence justifying the exemption. It can be argued that, given the drought and general status of anatropous fisheries in California, salmon population and salmon habitat enhancement is more critical than ever, and that the proposed project will have a positive benefit because it will improve spawning and juvenile-rearing habitat for spring-run Chinook salmon and steelhead trout.
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