Island Restoration Project (Streambed Alteration Agreement NO. 1600-2018-0098-R6)

Summary

SCH Number
2018088574
Lead Agency
Fish & Wildlife 6 (Ontario) (California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 6)
Document Title
Island Restoration Project (Streambed Alteration Agreement NO. 1600-2018-0098-R6)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received

Document Description
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has executed Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreement number 1600-2018-0098-R6, pursuant to Section 1602 of the Fish and Game Code to Vulcan Materials Company, Western Division The project involves grading of an existing unimproved road, temporary placement of steel plates following grading of the unimproved road to support the weight of heavy duty trucks; distribution of approximately 30,000 cubic yards of previously salvaged and stockpiled alluvial topsoil on a 4.5 acre "island" within Lytle Creek; and the restoration of all impact areas. The purpose of the project is to create suitable refugia habitat on the island for San Bernardino kangaroo rat. Existing soil conditions and nonnative grass density currently precludes occupation of the site by SBKR. The alluvium was inspected by a small mammal biologist with extensive experience working with SBKR, and was determined to be suitable for purpose of the project. The project encompasses a total of 4.7 acres of temporary impacts.

Contact Information
Joanna Gibson
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 6
3602 Inland Empire Blvd., Suite C-220
Ontario, CA 91764

909 987-7449

Location

Coordinates
34.14117°'"N 117.35443°'"W
Counties
San Bernardino
Parcel #
0264-431-16 and 0262-171-07

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 33. 15333
Reasons for Exemption
The project is exempt under class 33 because it consists of habitat restoration and enhancement of less than 5 acres (totaling 4.7 acres) for the benefit of SBKR (a sensitive wildlife resource California state-listed species of special concern and federally endangered species). The project will restore habitat that is currently unsuitable for SBKR. All temporary impacts areas will be restored to pre-project or superior habitat conditions through nonnative plant management and the application of Riversidean alluvial fan sage scrub seed mix, which includes Santa Ana River woolly star.
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