Lower Deer Creek Habitat Restoration (1600-2009-0074-R2)

Summary

SCH Number
2010018196
Lead Agency
Planning and Research, Office of (Office of Planning and Research)
Document Title
Lower Deer Creek Habitat Restoration (1600-2009-0074-R2)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received

Document Description
Annual placement of 8,000 to 10,000 cubic yards of gravel and small cobble into Lower Deer Creek below the Lake Wildwood retention dam to enhance spawning habitat in approximately 4.25 miles of Lower Deer Creek from the retention dam to its confluence with the Yuba River. This gravel and cobble will be clean washed material and will, in part, be native materials removed from accumulated deposits behind the Lake Wildwood retention dam. In addition purchased gravel and cobble will be used to augment the native material to achieve the 8,000 to 10,000 cubic yard quantity. Fish passage barriers will be removed or modified to allow spawning runs of anadromous salmonids to access all reaches of Lower Deer Creek up to the retention dam and to access Squirrel Creek, a tributary to Lower Deer Creek that has historically supported spawning salmonid populations. In an attempt to re-establish a beneficial shade canopy over Lower Deer Creek to cool the water temperature, non-native, invasive vegetation adjacent to the creek and associated floodplain will be removed and native riparian associated vegetation will be planted. The non-native vegetation will be removed by means of mechanical equipment and by hand. The use of pesticides is not planned for this project.

Contact Information
Bob Hosea
California Department of Fish and Game
North Central Region 1701 Nimbus Road, Suite A
Sacramento, CA 95670

916-704-9156

Location

Counties
Nevada
Other Location Info
City: Penn Valley

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15333
Reasons for Exemption
This is a small habitat restoration project less than 5 acres in size.
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