Bank Swallow Hat Creek Braden Sand Pit Safe Harbor Agreement (Request No. 2089-2020-004-01)


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 1 (CDFW)
Document Title
Bank Swallow Hat Creek Braden Sand Pit Safe Harbor Agreement (Request No. 2089-2020-004-01)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
This project is an agreement that will provide a net conservation benefit to bank swallow (Riparia riparia) in Shasta County. The project establishes a baseline condition and management actions. Agreed to management actions include maintaining and increasing, as conditions allow, the Covered Species nesting habitat on the Enrolled Property by actively maximizing maintenance and creation of vertical quarry wall slopes with appropriate soils. Permittee shall ensure that sand extraction only occurs outside the nesting season for Covered Species (for purposes of this Agreement, nesting season is March 1 to August 14). The site shall be left with as much vertically exposed bank as feasible when extraction in complete and prior to March 1st of each year. The gate access to the extraction area shall be closed and locked. Any remaining stockpiles that may be left in the sand pit floor after February 28 of each year shall be located at least 40 feet from potential Covered Species nesting habitats.

Contact Information

Amy Henderson
Agency Name
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Northern California
State Highways
Highway 299
Other Location Info
Located on Assessor Parcel Number 023-290-009 along State Highway 299, approximately 3.6 miles northeast of the Highway 89/299 junction in Shasta County.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Type - Class 7; California Code of Regulations, title 14, section 15307 – Actions by Regulatory Agencies for Protection
Reasons for Exemption
CDFW finds the Safe Harbor Agreement (SHA) to be exempt pursuant to CEQA Guidelines section 15307, the "Actions by Regulatory Agencies for Protection of Natural Resources Exemption" (Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, § 15307). CDFW has determined that implementation of this SHA is reasonably expected to provide a “net conservation benefit” to bank swallow due to habitat enhancement, which will result in increased availability to nesting habitat. This will be achieved through maintaining and creating additional nesting habitat.


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