The Butano Creek Floodplain Restoration Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
San Mateo County
Document Title
The Butano Creek Floodplain Restoration Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The San Mateo County Resource Conservation District (RCD), in collaboration with Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), is proposing to reconnect Butano Creek to its historical floodplain located at the Butano Farms property in Pescadero, California. The Butano Creek Floodplain Restoration Project (project) would include restoration actions at five treatment sites along Butano Creek where the channel has been disconnected from the floodplain due to channel simplification (i.e., the removal of large wood) and incision. Restoration activities would include installation of logs and rootwads, a rock ramp, floodplain connector channels, and recruitment of living bank side alder trees to engineered specifications. The goal of the project is to restore natural function to the creek, reduce further incision of the creek bed and erosion of its banks, and raise the elevation of the creek bed to reconnect the creek with its former floodplain, restore the floodplain's ability to store sediment, address water quality mpariment for sediment, and result in improved habitat conditions for several rare and endangered species, including steelhead trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss), California red-legged frog (Rana draytonii) and San Francisco garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis tetrataenia). Additionally, the project would improve conditions along Pescadero Creek Road, where sediment build-up in Butano Creek results in frequent flooding and is a public safety hazard to vehicles on Pescadero Creek Road.

Contact Information

Kellyx Nelson
Agency Name
San Mateo County
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Mateo
Parcel #

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
S:15333,15065 C:33
Reasons for Exemption
There would be no significant adverse impact on endangered, rare or threatened species or their habitat pursuant to section 15065; There are no hazardous materials at or around the project site that may be disturbed or removed; The project will not result in impacts that are significant when viewed in connection with the effects of past projects, the effects of other current projects, and the effects of probable future projects.

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