East Branch Russian Gulch Fish Passage Barrier Removal (Request No. 1652-2019-030-001-R3)


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Fish & Wildlife 3 (Napa) (California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 3)
Document Title
East Branch Russian Gulch Fish Passage Barrier Removal (Request No. 1652-2019-030-001-R3)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Project Applicant
Brook Edwards

Document Description
Pursuant to Fish and Game Code section 1652, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has approved the East Branch Russian Gulch Fish Passage Barrier Removal submitted by Brook Edwards, The Wildlands Conservancy. The Project includes removal of major log jams in six locations within the East Branch of Russian Gulch to improve fish passage for federally and state endangered and threatened salmonid species. The removal of the log jams would enable salmonid access to three miles of upstream rearing and spawning habitat. Large woody debris sourced from the log jams would be re-purposed to improve stream function and habitat complexity. A seventh project site (Site 3) was intended for log jam removal, however large storm events have opened a flow path through the blockage and does not present a barrier to fish passage. All seven project locations will be monitored for project success.

Contact Information
James Hansen
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
2825 Cordelia Road, Suite 100
Fairfield, CA 95434

Phone : (707) 576-2869


Other Location Info
Jenner Headlands Preserve at 15200 Willing Drive, within Jenner, Sonoma County. The Project locations are all along the East Branch of Russian Gulch. Latitude 38.48103, Longitude -123.1306.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
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.


Notice of Exemption
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