CDFW has executed Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreement No. 1600-2016-0177-R5, pursuant to section 1602 of the Fish and Game Code to the Project Applicant, UCSB Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration represented by Lisa Stratton.
The proposed project is the removal of Ocean Meadows Golf Course and the restoration of Devereux Slough, the streams associated with Devereux Slough, and the adjacent upper mesa. Approx. 9.5 acres of CDFW streambed jurisdiction will be graded and excavated to create approx. 100 acres of estuarine, riparian, vernal pool, and native upland habitat. Approx. 50 acres of the 100 acres will be wetland habitat consisting of subtidal/aquatic, mudflat/salt flat, marsh plain, freshwater/brackish wetland, high marsh/transition, southern riparian scrub, seasonal wetland, vernal pool, and semi-perennial wetland. A total of approx. 350,000 cubic yards of soil will be excavated from the site and placed on what is currently called the South Parcel to recreate historic drainage and a vernal pool complex. Of that total, approx. 36,000 cy will be excavated from within streambed jurisdiction. The proposed project also includes a network of trails, four bridges (a culvert with a trail crossing, a boardwalk, a 200-foot span steel bridge, and a 100-foot span steel bridge), and a grade control structure. Seven culverts along Devereux Creek and a sheet pile grade control structure used by the golf course will be removed. Native plant material will be collected and salvaged. The project will occur in two phases. Phase 1 will involve grading, mowing, vegetation removal, and excavation within streambed jurisdiction, the construction of public access subgrades, foundations and structures, restoration of the South Parcel, and revegetation activities. Best management practices will include overall sequential grading of the site to allow areas of refuge for displaced wildlife, channel grading in segmented portions to control sediment run-off from the site, installation fo temporary cofferdams, stream flow bypass if necessary using a pump and pipe system or a bypass channel, de-watering if needed, silt curtains, construction of a temporary sediment basin to settle out turbid water before discharging off the site, planting and hydro seeding, and other erosion control measures.