Harley Farms Streamflow Enhancement and Agricultural Water Use Efficiency Project

Summary

SCH Number
2017068201
Lead Agency
San Mateo County Resource Conservation District
Document Title
Harley Farms Streamflow Enhancement and Agricultural Water Use Efficiency Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
6/12/2017

Document Description
This project is an effort to enhance stream flows in Pescadero Creek. As part of the project, irrigation infrastructure will be upgraded to increase water use efficiency and reduce the rate of diversion from Pescadero Creek from approximately 150-425 gallons per minute (gpm) to 75-100 gpm during the summer. The Irrigation system currently draws from 2 points of diversion on Pescadero Creek and two existing agricultural wells. The project will replace one diversion pump with a high efficiency variable speed electric pump, improve irrigation distribution infrastructure, construct a 2 acre foot off-stream pond, and eliminate the need for one of the two points of diversion.

Contact Information
Joe Issel
San Mateo Resource Conservation District
625 Miramontes Street, Suite 103
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Phone : (650) 712-7765 ext. 106

Location

Cities
Pescadero
Counties
San Mateo
Parcel #
087-042-050, 087-042-060, 087-043-010, 087-030-010, 087-030-020 and 087-030-030

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
33 and 4 [CEQA State Guidelines, Sections 15333 and 15304]
Reasons for Exemption
The project is specifically proposed to enhance instream flow and provide for higher functioning aquatic and riparian habitat for species that may spawn, nest, forage, or transit the project vicinity, including steelhead trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) and coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch), by reducing summer water diversions from Pescadero Creek. The following provides a brief description of the project, and an explanation for why the project qualifies for exemption from CEQA environmental review under Class 33 and 4 (15333 and 15304, respectively).
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