Pajaro River Bench Excavation Project

4 Documents in Project

Summary

SCH Number
2012032019
Lead Agency
Santa Cruz County
Document Title
Pajaro River Bench Excavation Project
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Received

Document Description
The project proposes to excavate excess sediment from select locations along the upper terrace benches inside the Pajaro River levees in order to improve the flood carrying capacity of the levee system. The proposed project would create a two-year floodplain to re-establish flow levels at bankfull capacity. The proposed bench excavation project is also specifically designed to relieve the magnitude and severity of potential flooding caused by failure of the Pajaro River levees. Modeling results have determined that a volume up to 336,000 cubic yards could be excavated from eleven locations along 7.5 miles of the levee benches between Highway 1 and Murphy Road Crossing. The excavation sites span 39.1 acres and include nine excavation sites within Santa Cruz County, and two sites within Monterey County.

Contact Information
Kathleen Molloy Previsich
Santa Cruz County
701 Ocean Street, 4th Floor
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

831 454 2580
831 454 2131

Location

Coordinates
36°54'18.57"N 121°45'4.36"W
Cities
Watsonville
Counties
Santa Cruz Monterey
Cross Streets
SR 1 and the Pajaro River
Zip
95076
Total Acres
39.1
Parcel #
Multiple
State Highways
Hwy 1
Railways
UPRR
Airports
Watsonville
Schools
Watsonville High: Pajaro Middle School
Waterways
Pajaro River and Salsipuedes Creek
Township
12S
Range
2E
Base
MDB&M

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
County of Santa Cruz
Approving Agency Role
Lead Agency
Approved On
Final EIR Available Location
County of Santa Cruz Planning Department 701 Ocean Street, 4th Floor Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Determinations

(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
No
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
No
(2b) A Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
Yes
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
Yes
(4) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
No
(5) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
Yes
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