Diversion of Water for Commercial Cannabis Irrigation (Lake or Streambed Alteration Agreement No. EPIMS-02639-R1)


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Fish and Wildlife, Region 1 - Northern Region, Redding (California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Northern Region 1)
Document Title
Diversion of Water for Commercial Cannabis Irrigation (Lake or Streambed Alteration Agreement No. EPIMS-02639-R1)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Project Applicant
Richard Collins

Document Description
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has executed Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreement number EPIMS-02639-R1, pursuant to Section 1602 of the Fish and Game Code to Richard Collins, representing Hole in the Earth, LLC. The Project is limited to diversion of water from two separate locations. The first point of diversion (POD1) is a spring at the headwaters of Canyon Creek. The second point of diversion (POD2) is a second spring at the headwaters of Canyon Creek. The water is diverted using gravity, with a trickle flow diversion rate. The water is piped underground through a 1" pipe and fills a 2500-gallon tank near the springs. Using gravity, the water travels to the storage facilities. The maximum monthly diversion rate from each diversion is 29,500 gallons per month. There is a valve at each POD that can be closed to adjust flow to 1 gal /min. Each POD provides water necessary to irrigate the cannabis garden, irrigate up to an acre of food/landscaping and to provide 2 people with a domestic water supply year-round. Water diverted for cannabis irrigation shall be diverted only during allowable times, and will be stored in a pond that is not hydrologically connected to other streams. Using a submersible Grundfos well pump powered by 3 solar panels, the water will be pumped during the forbearance season (April 1-October 31) to the places of use for cannabis cultivation.

Contact Information
Kate Blanchard
Department of Fish and Wildlife
601 Locust Street
Redding, CA 96001

Phone : (530) 225-2239


Other Location Info
The project is located at an unnamed tributary to Canyon Creek, which is then a tributary to the South Fork Trinity River, Trinity County, State of California; 40.688433°N, 123.527611°W; Assessor’s Parcel Number 011-090-07-00.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
The project is the continued operation of an existing diversion, with modifications to when diversion occurs and where the water is stored. Continued operation of the existing infrastructure and storage modifications will not pose a risk to the environment or public safety, nor will it result in significant adverse impacts on endangered, rare, or threatened species or their habitat pursuant to California Code of Regulations, title 14, section 15065.


Notice of Exemption
2020030877_EPIMS-02639-R1_TRI_Collins Diversion_NOE_signed   PDF 140 K

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