North Cow Creek/Bella Vista Siphon Removal and Fish Passage Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Northern and Eureka Region 1 (CDFW)
Document Title
North Cow Creek/Bella Vista Siphon Removal and Fish Passage Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption

Document Description
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has executed Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreement number 1600-2020-0253-R1, pursuant to Section 1602 of the Fish and Game Code to WESTERN SHASTA RESOURCE CONSERVATION DISTRICT. The project will remove the abandoned Bella Vista Water District siphon structure in North Cow Creek, which acts as a barrier to migrating aquatic species including Chinook salmon and steelhead. The concrete structure will be removed and disposed of off-site and the stream bed will be re-contoured to allow immediate fish passage for all life-stages offish upon completion of the project. The project will be implemented during the late summer when flows are lowest and all stream flow will be piped around the project area to conduct in-stream work. The purpose is to benefit fisheries habitat in North Cow Creek.

Contact Information
Adam McKannay
Senior Environmental Scientist - Supervisor
Lead/Public Agency
601 Locust Street
Redding, CA 96001

Phone : (530) 356-5099


40°35'28.5"N 121°13'36"W
Palo Cedro
Northern California
Total Acres
Parcel #
061-350-001-000, 061-080-021-000, and 061-350-013-000

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
The project is limited to fish passage and protection work on an abandoned inverted irrigation siphon structure that spans the channel in North Cow Creek.


Notice of Exemption
1600-2020-0253-R1_SHA_North_Cow_Creek_Fish_Passage_Barrier_Removal_15333_NOE   PDF 199 K

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