The proposed project is categorically exempt from CEQA review under CEQA Guidelines Section 15333 as a small habitat restoration project of less than five acres that assures the maintenance, restoration, enhancement, or protection of habitat for fish, plants, or wildlife. This project consists of the utilization of existing sediments to passively restore and transform approximately 3 acres of sandy beach habitat into a sustainable coastal strand and dune habitat complex. The project does not involve moving any sediment to or from outside of the project site, and will only involve hand labor without the use of mechanical tools. There are no rare or endangered species located at the project site; accordingly, consistent with CEQA Guidelines
Section 15333(a), there would be no significant adverse impact on endangered, rare or threatened species or their habitat. Consistent with CEQA Guidelines Section 15333(b), there are no hazardous materials at or around the project site that would be disturbed or moved. Finally, this project is a stand-alone project, and consistent with CEQA Guidelines Section 15333(c), will not result in impacts that are significant when viewed in connection with the effects of past projects, the effects of other current projects, and the effects of probable future projects. The project would result in a beneficial impact on wildlife. Upon approval, staff will file a Notice of Exemption that this proposed project is exempt from CEQA.