McIntyre Water Diversion, Stream Crossings and Stream Restoration Project (Lake or Streambed Alteration Agreement No. 1600-2018-0786-R1)


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Eureka Region 1 (CDFW)
Document Title
McIntyre Water Diversion, Stream Crossings and Stream Restoration Project (Lake or Streambed Alteration Agreement No. 1600-2018-0786-R1)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The project is limited to six (6) encroachments (Table 1). Two (2) encroachments are for water diversion from springs to unnamed tributaries to the Trinity River. Water is diverted for domestic use and irrigation. Work for the water diversion will include use and maintenance of the water diversion infrastructure. Three (3) other proposed encroachments are to upgrade failing and undersized stream crossings, and/or to remove failed crossings and restore the stream. Work for these encroachments will include excavation, removal of the failing crossings, and: A) decommissioning and stream restoration, or B) replacement with new properly sized crossings, backfilling and compaction of fill, and rock armoring as necessary to minimize erosion. One project is to restore an extensive area of wetlands, springs and intersecting streams covering approximately one acre that has been illegally graded, cleared of forest and utilized for unpermitted cannabis cultivation. A detailed restoration and revegetation plan will be submitted as part of this Agreement. See NOE for full document description.

Contact Information

Andrew Orahoske
Agency Name
Department of Fish and Wildlife Northern Region
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Parcel #
Other Location Info
The project is located within the Trinity River watershed, approximately 3 miles south of the town of Willow Creek, County of Humboldt, State of California.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Type – Class 1 & 33; California Code of Regulations, title 14, section 15301 & 15333. Existing Facilities & Small...
Reasons for Exemption
The project operates existing water diversion infrastructure for domestic use, with conditions that limits diversion amounts. The project replaces failing culverts or decommissions stream crossings in accordance with published guidelines of the Department of Fish and Wildlife, the primary purpose of which is to improve habitat or reduce sedimentation. The project implements stream and riparian revegetation, the primary purpose of which is to improve habitat for amphibians or native fish. There would be no significant adverse impact on endangered, rare or threatened species or their habitat pursuant to section 15065. There are no hazardous materials at or around the project site that may be disturbed or removed. The project 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 not constitute an expansion of use.


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