Ash Creek Wildlife Area - Pond Re-Contouring and Incised Channel Repair

Summary

SCH Number
2014068126
Lead Agency
Fish & Wildlife 1 (Redding) (California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 1)
Document Title
Ash Creek Wildlife Area - Pond Re-Contouring and Incised Channel Repair
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
6/9/2014

Document Description
As part of ongoing, routine maintenance to improve water control, approximately 300 acres of existing managed seasonal wetlands (ponds) (Attachments 1 & 2) will be re-contoured. In addition, four (4) rock grade control riffles will be installed in conjunction with approximately 10 acres of channel/pothole enhancement (Attachment 2). This portion of the project will occur within four incised ephemeral channels caused by existing culverts used to facilitate drainage of normal storm run-off and agricultural tail water under County Road 87.

Contact Information
James Chakarun
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 1
Northern Region 601 Locust Street
Redding, CA 96001

Phone : (530) 527-8917

Location

Counties
Lassen

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
S:15304, Class 4
Reasons for Exemption
Project proposes to overall enhance 616 acres of seasonal wetlands primarily as foraging habitat for migrating water birds (e.g. cranes, shorebirds, and waterfowl). This enhancement will be through routine maintenance of about 300 acres of wetland pond bottoms (when dry) to facilitate drainage and efficient water use/control. The project will also result in the enhancement of 156 acres of floodplain and wet meadow habitat via the installation of 4 rock grade structures designed to; repair incised channels, slow the velocity of storm runoff, reducing turbidity and sediment loads, stopping further channel incision, and raising the water table to historic levels as well as creating additional wetland habitat. This project will have no significant native effect on the environment.
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