Shasta River Fish Passage and Instream Habitat Enhancement


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Wildlife Conservation Board (California Wildlife Conservation Board)
Document Title
Shasta River Fish Passage and Instream Habitat Enhancement
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption

Document Description
The goal of the project is to improve habitat conditions, water quality, and fish passage on the mainstem Shasta River. The project includes replacement of a flashboard dam structure with a roughened channel, fish screen relocation and improvements, and irrigation pipeline installation. Relocating the fish screen to the point of diversion will reduce fish entrainment in irrigation canals and eliminate the need for the existing fish return bypass channel, which results in warm water discharges to the Shasta River and potential fish stranding. Piping irrigation water will reduce ditch loss in the system and will result in a reduction of the quantity of water diverted.

Contact Information
John P. Donnelly
Department of Fish and Wildlife Wildlife Conservation Board
P. O. Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 94420-2090

Phone : (916) 445-0137


41°38'4.3"N 122°29'25.7"W

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15304, Class 4, Minor Alterations to Land; Section 15333, Class 33, Small Habitat Restoration Projects
Reasons for Exemption
The project will address a fish passage velocity barrier on the Shasta River, provide adequate fish screening at an existing point of diversion, and improve existing irrigation conveyance facilities. The project consists of minor alterations in the condition of land, water, and/or vegetation which do not involve removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees; and does not exceed five acres in size to assure the maintenance, restoration, enhancement, or protection of habitat for fish, plants, and wildlife.


Notice of Exemption
2020040046_2020022_Shasta_River_NOE   PDF 139 K

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