Fish & Widlife 6 I/M
(California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 6 I/M)
Camp Cady Pond #3 Restoration Project
NOE - Notice of Exemption
The Department owns and manages the 1,186-acre Camp Cady Wildlife Area (CCWA). The CCWA includes a portion of the Mojave River where perennial water flows have occurred in the past as well as three ponds that provide water to wildlife. Of the three ponds, the pond known as Pond #3, has provided habitat for upland game birds and other wildlife in the past but has lost its ability to hold water after becoming overtaken by cattails. The cattail roots have penetrated the impermeable seal and subsequently permanently drained the pond. The pond hasn't been able to hold water for over 4 years and the habitat values for wildlife have been impacted considerably. Quail Forever plans to excavate the cattails and then line the bottom and sides of the pond with an impermeable layer of clay before refilling it with water. All work would occur in the winter months outside of the nesting season for migrating birds.
Class 4, §15301(d), minor alterations to land- the Project will result in minor alterations in the condition of the land and vegetation on an existing officially designated wildlife management area which will result in improvement of habitat for wildlife resources.