The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has executed the Amended and Restated Streambed Alteration Agreement (Agreement) number 1600-2016-0016-R4, issued to Resource Conservation District of Monterey County.
The Project includes activities related to routine Maintenance Projects with the goals of improving flood protection and increasing channel capacity of the streams. Maintenance Projects will occur within existing, enhanced, or created secondary channels within the Salinas River; within the Salinas River outside secondary channels; and within Gonzales Slough, Bryant Canyon Channel, and San Lorenzo Creek. Maintenance Projects include sediment removal and grading, vegetation removal, Arundo removal, bar ripping, and tree planting. In addition, the Agreement allows mowing of dead Arundo as a retreatment method in years of premature dormancy and minor edits to tree planting language to maintain consistency within the Agreement. Amendment No. 4 to the Agreement allows email approvals to be submitted by Responsible Parties rather than new signatures for any VRF modifications and 60-day extension so ‘spring’ VRF activities with CDFW Region R4 staff emailed approval in case work delays occur, typically from climatic conditions or ideal herbicide timing.