Benton Pond Fish Habitat Enhancement Project

Summary

SCH Number
2014028147
Lead Agency
Fish & Wildlife 6 (Ontario) (California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 6)
Document Title
Benton Pond Fish Habitat Enhancement Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received

Document Description
CDFW is executing a Streambed Alteration Agreement (Agreement) pursuant to Section 1602 (SAA # 1600-2013-0161-R6) of the Fish and Game Code to the Eastern Sierra Land Trust (Permittee). This project is limited to the removal of encroaching hardstem bulrush (Schoenoplectus acutus) and the removal of non-native Sacramento perch (Archoplites interruptus) from a private pond in Benton Hot Springs. These species must be removed to promote the establishment of speckled dace (Rhinichthys osculus ssp.), a native fish, within the project area. The project will include the use of prescribed burning, mechanical cutting, transplanting three-square bulrush (S. americanus) and pond de-watering to fish removal. Prescribed burning will occur in January or February and be overseen by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Dewatering will be performed outside of the nesting season for birds. No woody vegetation will be removed for this project, nor will there be a permanent change to the water level of the pond or dam or spillway. The intent of this project is to improve the status of speckled dace by increasing the number of secure populations, and to restoer and extend the lifespan of the pond for fish, waterfowl, and migratory birds.

Contact Information
Heidi Sickler
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 6
3602 Inland Empire Blvd., Suite C-220
Ontario, CA 91764

(760) 872-0751

Location

Counties
Mono

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
S:15304, Class 4
Reasons for Exemption
The project will not result in a permanent change to the pond of dam or spillway. The project will result in improved habitat for fish and wildlife resources in the pond.
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