John Nelson Fish Screen Bypass Channel Maintenance


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Fish & Game #2
Document Title
John Nelson Fish Screen Bypass Channel Maintenance
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption

Document Description
The project will allow the Browns Valley Irrigation District (BVID) to annually remove accumulated material from the approximately 4,000 foot long Yuba River Bypass Channel that diverts flow from the Yuba River to the BVID diversion pumps via the John Nelson Fish Screen. An excavator with a ditch-cleaning bucket and a bulldozer and/or loader will first be cleaned and checked for oil/fuel leaks and then delivered to an area just upstream of the entrance to the bypass channel. The equipment will then walk to the head of the bypass channel using existing roads and access ramps and used to clear the channel of debris and material accumulated between annual cleanings. Between 500 and 2000 cubic yards of material will be removed each year. The debris and material removed is spread out over the surrounding gravel bar in order to maintain a natural appearance. Once the work is complete, the equipment will be walked out of the area and removed. The maintenance will occur with water in the channel, but the diversion pumps shall be in operation to pull the silt-laden water away from the Yuba River and into the BVID distribution system. This project shall only occur between July 1- September 30. This work will take up to 7 days to complete.

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

Phone : (916) 358-4353


Other Location Info
City: Browns Valley

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
Class 1: Existing Facilities. This project falls within Class 1: Maintenance of existing facilities. This project will maintain the existing Browns Valley Irrigation District Yuba River Bypass Channel and will not result in an expansion of existing use or significant environmental impacts.

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