Relief Reach-Kennedy Meadows Riparian Restoration and Streambank Stabilization Project

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Summary

SCH Number
2017062016
Lead Agency
State Water Resources Control Board
Document Title
Relief Reach-Kennedy Meadows Riparian Restoration and Streambank Stabilization Project
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Received
Posted
9/1/2017
Present Land Use
Conservation easement/commercial and general recreation

Document Description
On April 8, 2016 PG&E filed an application for water quality certification under section 401 of the Clean Water Act with the SWRCB. The Relief Reach-Kennedy Meadows Riparian Restoration and Streambank Stabilization Project is a requirement of PG&E's Spring Gap-Stanislaus Hydroelectric Project, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Project No. 2130. The Project is located on the Middle Fork Stanislaus River in Tuolumne County, CA Prior to issuance of the certification, the State Water Board must comply with CEQA. The State Water Board is the lead agency under CEQA. PG& is required by the Spring Gap-Stanislaus Hydroelectric Project's FERC license, issued on April 24, 2009, to evaluate riparian and streambank conditions in upper Kennedy Meadows (Project Reach) on the Middle Fork Stanislaus River below Relief Dam and to develop and implement vegetation restoration and streambank stabilization measures. These requirements derive from Article 401 of the FERC license, which implements the US Dept. of Agriculture-Forest Service 4(e) conditions and Condition 9 of the State Water Board certification. Project proposes streambank stabilization and enhancement of riparian and aquatic habitats within the Project Reach. The streambank stabilization and riparian restoration measures are proposed along a 3,000 linear foot reach along the Middle Fork Stanislaus River. The proposed measures include a combination of various bioengineering techniques, including streambank grading, wood and rock placement, and native vegetation planting. Toe rock addition and root wad placement are proposed in areas with more recent and severe active streambank erosion, and where flow velocities are higher during high flows compared to the other treatment areas. Split rail fencing will also be installed in two segments at the downstream end of the Project Reach to protect the restored vegetation and banks. A river access area used by recreationists and cattle will remain open to allow focused access to the river. The primary purpose of the certification is to protect water quality standards of the Middle Fork Stanislaus River. The beneficial uses and water quality objectives that are contained in the water quality control plans (basin plans) together with state and federal anti-degradation requirements constitutes California's water quality standards. The basin plans designate the beneficial uses of waters within each watershed basin, and water quality objectives designed to protect those uses pursuant to Section 303 of the Clean Water Act.

Contact Information
Allan Laca
State Water Resources Control Board
PO Box 2000
Sacramento, CA 95812-2000

Phone : (916) 322-8469

Location

Coordinates
38°19'9.25"N 119°44'28.7"W
Cities
Sonora
Counties
Tuolumne
Cross Streets
highway 108 and Kennedy Meadows Rd
Zip
95370
Total Acres
9.38
Parcel #
021-020-02-00
State Highways
SR 108
Waterways
Middle Fork Stanislaus River
Township
5N
Range
20E
Section
2
Other Location Info
Dardanelle

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
State Water Resources Control Board
Approving Agency Role
Lead Agency
Approved On
Final Environmental Document Available at
1001 I Street, 14th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814

Determinations

(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
No
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
No
(2b) A Mitigated or a Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
Yes
(2c) An other document type was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
No
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
No
(4) A mitigation reporting or monitoring plan was adopted for this project
N/A
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
No
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
No

Disclaimer: The document was originally posted before CEQAnet had the capability to host attachments for the public. To obtain the original attachments for this document, please contact the lead agency at the contact information listed above. You may also contact the OPR via email at state.clearinghouse@opr.ca.gov or via phone at (916) 445-0613.

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