Nordic Aquafarms California, LLC Land-based Aquaculture Project FEIR

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SCH Number
Lead Agency
Humboldt County
Document Title
Nordic Aquafarms California, LLC Land-based Aquaculture Project FEIR
Document Type
FIN - Final Document
Present Land Use
Industrial, Coastal Dependent (MC), Density: N/A; Industrial, General (IG), Density: N/A; Humboldt Bay Area Plan (HBAP), 2017 General Plan, Slope Stability: Relatively Stable (0) and Moderate Instability (2)
Document Description
The applicant (Nordic Aquafarms California, LLC. (NAFC)) is requesting a Coastal Development Permit and Special Permit for the demolition and remediation of the Freshwater Tissue Samoa Pulp Mill facility and the construction of a land-based finfish recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) facility. This includes the development of five buildings totaling approximately 766,530 square feet and the installation of 4.8 megawatt (MW) solar panel array mounted on building rooftops, covering approximately 690,000 square feet. A Special Permit is required pursuant to Section 313- for an exception to the loading space requirements. The height of the tallest proposed building is 60 feet. The aquaculture facility would produce fresh head on gutted fish and fillets for delivery to regional markets. The species to be produced at the facility is intended to be Atlantic Salmon, pending approval from CDFW. The Project will include ancillary support features such as paved parking, fire access roads, security fencing, and stormwater management features. The Project would require approximately 2.5 million gallons per day (MGD) of freshwater and industrial water provided by the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District, sourced from the Mad River. Existing on-site water service supplied by the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District would be connected to the new buildings for potable use, fire sprinklers, and irrigation. The Project would require approximately 10 MGD of salt water, which will be provided by upgraded water intake infrastructure located adjacent to the NAFC Project Site, on Humboldt Bay. Treated wastewater would be discharged utilizing the existing Redwood Marine Terminal II ocean outfall pipe, which extends one and a half miles offshore. A total of 12.5 MGD would be released daily.

Contact Information

Cade McNamara
Agency Name
Humboldt County
Job Title
Planner II
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Andrea Hilton
Agency Name
Job Title
Environmental Planner
Contact Types
Consulting Firm

Brenda Chandler
Agency Name
Nordic Aquafarms, Inc.
Job Title
Chief Financial Officer
Contact Types
Project Applicant

Larry Oetker
Agency Name
Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation, and Conservation District
Job Title
Executive Director
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Countywide, Northern California
Cross Streets
Vance Avenue and LP Drive
Total Acres
Parcel #
401-112-021, 401-112-014, 401-031-040
State Highways
SR 255
Samoa Field Airport
Peninsula Union Elementary School
Humboldt Bay, Pacific Ocean

Notice of Completion

State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Coastal Commission (CCC), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Habitat Conservation Planning (CDFW), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marin Region 7 (CDFW), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Northern and Eureka Region 1 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, California Department of State Parks, Division of Boating and Waterways, California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Energy Commission, California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, North Coast Region 1 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights, California Department of Transportation, District 1 (DOT)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Department of Transportation, District 1 (DOT)
Development Types
Industrial (Coastal Dependent Industrial)(Sq. Ft. 766530, Acres 36, Employees 150)
Local Actions
Coastal Permit
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Coastal Zone, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Economics/Jobs, Energy, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mandatory Findings of Significance, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Septic System, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire


State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]

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