Foster Meadow Restoration Project

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Regional Water Quality Control Board, Region 5 (Central Valley), Sacramento
Document Title
Foster Meadow Restoration Project
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
Forest Resource
Document Description
The Foster Meadow Restoration Project (Project) will restore channel-floodplain connectivity in the headwaters of the Middle Fork Cosumnes River in Foster Meadow (Eldorado National Forest, El Dorado County, California). The Project is an activity that will eliminate incised gullies and improve aquatic organism passage at the Foster Meadow Road (FS9N14) crossing. Construction will require one month during the low/no flow period (proposed for September 1-30, 2020). Filling the incised channels will require excavation and placement, using heavy equipment, of 22,533 cu yds of soil fill in 7 plugs to eliminate the existing gullies and raise/restore the base elevation of surface water flow in the meadow by redirecting flow into existing vegetated remnant channels. Fill sources include 4 borrow pits along the meadow margins and 4 areas of in-meadow cut/grading. The project will also require placement of 900 cu yds of 2.0-ft minus rock/soil, sourced from the US Forest Service (USFS) Tragedy Pit; 400 cu yds will be placed in-stream in 9 rock riffles at the project bottom to create a transition between the new meadow gradient and downstream channel gradient. The remaining 500 cu yds of rock will be used to construct an aquatic organism passage below the FS9N14 crossing; road crossing work also includes placement of multiple floodplain culverts to eliminate the backwater effect of flow in a single culvert and improve passage opportunities through the crossing. Revegetation with native seed and willows, and stockpiling of existing topsoil, sod mats, and willow wads are an integral component of the Project. The Project would enhance wetland conditions on 20.66 acres of palustrine wetland (montane meadow), create 0.86 acres of palustrine open water, and result in an additional 344 feet of riverine channel (0.2 acres).

Contact Information

Greg Hendricks
Agency Name
Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Kit Carson
El Dorado
Cross Streets
Highway 88 and Foster Meadow Road
Total Acres
Parcel #
039290002, 039290001
State Highways
Middle Fork Cosumnes River
Other Location Info
Section: 29, 30, 31

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, North Central Region 2 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, California Department of Transportation, District 3 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Sacramento Region 5 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality
Local Actions
401 Water Quality Certification
Project Issues
Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Wetland/Riparian


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