Fish Passage Improvement at Crossing 5, Quiota Creek (Request No. 1652-2017-015-001-R5)


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 5 (CDFW)
Document Title
Fish Passage Improvement at Crossing 5, Quiota Creek (Request No. 1652-2017-015-001-R5)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The primary purpose of the Project is for habitat improvement and fish barrier removal. The Project includes removing a concrete low-flow Arizona crossing (barrier); installing new bottomless-arched culvert (bridge) designed to convey a 50-year flood and withstand a 100-year flood; grading the bed of the creek to the natural channel bed gradient; and placing engineered stream material in the channel. Vegetated rock slope protection will be placed immediately upstream and downstream of the bridge to increase bank stability and limit scour. All areas disturbed by construction activities will be revegetated using locally native plants and hydro seed. The project will provide a net benefit to southern California steelhead by providing access to 3.14 miles of spawning and rearing habitat within the creek. The project also includes installing cattle exclusion fencing that allows high flow and debris to pass under the fencing while deterring cattle from crossing under the bridge.

Contact Information

Sarah Rains
Agency Name
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 5
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Santa Barbara
Cross Streets
South Regugio Road
Santa Ynez River, Quiota Creek
Other Location Info
Santa Ynez
Other Information
the creek will extend approx. 154 feet east and 225 feet west of stream crossing

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 33; S: 15333
Reasons for Exemption
Class 33 consists of small projects not to exceed 5 acres in size to assure the maintenance, restoration, enhancement, or protection of habitat for fish, plants, or wildlife.

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