Milburn Pond Isolation Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Water Resources, Department of (California Department of Water Resources)
Document Title
Milburn Pond Isolation Project
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation
Present Land Use
City of Fresno - Park and Recreation; Fresno County- Limited Agricultural (20 acres minimum)

Document Description
The project site is bounded by the San Joaquin River to the north and the City of Fresno to the south. The project would isolate the abandoned gravel pit known as Milburn Pond from the San Joaquin River channel lo increase native fish survival by reducing movement of non-native warm water fish species from the pond to the river and movement of native salmonids from the river lo the pond. This would be accomplished by modifying the existing berm to fill existing breaches, strengthen weaker berm sections, and raise elevations of low-berm sections to minimize the potential for future breaches. Other improvements would Include: constructing an equalization saddle within the berm to equalize Milburn Pond with the river during flow fluctuations, installing a modified French Drain beneath the saddle to ensure water flow Into Milburn Pond during low-flow conditions, creating a high-flow side channel, and planting trees and other vegetation. In addition, rock slope protection and biotechnical erosion protection would be installed lo minimize erosion, and an existing access route along the southern and eastern boundary of Milburn Pond would be Improved. Milburn Avenue adjacent to the site may need to be raised approximately 1 foot In low areas lo avoid premature overlapping during flood releases from Friant Dam.

Contact Information
Karen Dulik
California Department of Water Resources
3374 E. Shields Ave.
Fresno, CA 93726

Phone : (559) 230-3361
Fax : (559) 230-3301


36°50'50"N 119°52'10"W
Cross Streets
North Milburn Ave. and Alluvial Ave.
State Highways
San Joaquin River
12 S
19 E
Other Location Info
Located on the Milburn unit of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife San Joaquin River Ecological Reserve

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Other (Habitat Restoration)
Local Action
Other Action
Project Issues
Aesthetic/Visual Agricultural Land Air Quality Archaeologic-Historic Biological Resources Drainage/Absorption Flood Plain/Flooding Forest Land/Fire Hazard Geologic/Seismic Noise Recreation/Parks Schools/Universities Soil Erosion/Compaction/Grading Toxic/Hazardous Traffic/Circulation Vegetation Water Quality Wetland/Riparian Wildlife Land Use Cumulative Effects
Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board California Department of Conservation California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection California Department of Parks and Recreation California Department of State Parks, Division of Boating and Waterways California Department of Transportation, District 6 California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics California Department of Water Resources California Governor's Office of Emergency Services California Highway Patrol California Natural Resources Agency California Public Utilities Commission California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Fresno Region 5 California San Joaquin River Conservancy Central Valley Flood Protection Board Department of Toxic Substances Control Office of Historic Preservation State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality California Native American Heritage Commission California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 California State Lands Commission


Environmental Document
MilburnNOPSubmitted10   PDF 674 K OPR Summary Form_Milburn NOP   PDF 580 K
MilburnNOCsubmitted10   PDF 307 K
State Comments
2020100145_CDFW Comment   PDF 533 K 2020100145_NAHC Comment   PDF 280 K 2020100145_State Lands Comment   PDF 147 K

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