Huff's Corner Levee Raise and Channel Reconfiguration Project
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
Existing levee road; creek riparian area; agricultural land
The Project was developed by Yolo County and is funded through a cost-share grant administered by the CA Department of Water Resources via their Flood System Repair Program (FSRP) – Contract Number 460013693. While the majority of costs to design and construct the Project are funded by FSRP, Yolo County provides a significant share of costs in the form of direct expenditures and in-kind services with multiple Yolo County Staff.
There are two distinct components of this Project. The first is the levee “raise,” which is more accurately described as a restoration action to return the levee to the original design height. The second component is the Cache Creek channel reconfiguration. Both components are fully analyzed and discussed in greater detail in this IS/MND.
USACE Periodic Inspection Reports identify the entire 2,700-foot reach as being freeboard deficient (i.e., below the design height). The Project will raise the entire reach approximately 4.0 to 6.0 feet to meet the 1957 design profile, which includes 3-feet of freeboard (levee that is not under water during a particular water level to which it is designed). County Road 18 is located on the levee crown over the western 1,100-feet of the proposed levee raise; the Project includes removal and replacement of the affected section of County Road 18.
To accomplish this required elevation, the design includes widening the base of the levee on the land side by approximately 12 to 15 feet and will include a revised Operations & Maintenance (O&M) Easement corridor extending an additional 15 feet beyond the new land side toe of the levee.
Furthermore, the portion of the levee that extends northward from the hairpin turn of County Road 18 to I-5 will be completely degraded down to level earth and a new levee will be built in the same location.
The right bank of Cache Creek at Huff’s Corner has approximately 100 linear feet of near-vertical bank, 30 to 50 feet high, which is undercut into the levee slope. The Project will repair this erosion site and is designed to address the root cause of the problem, namely an abrupt, near 90-degree bend of Cache Creek at the site of the worst erosion, before reaching the I-5 bridge. Significant point bar deposition has occurred on the inside edge of the bend opposite the eroded scarp. A vegetated island is also in the channel at this location.
The point bar and mid-channel island both have the effect of constraining the river flow, thereby increasing erosive potential, and pushing that highly erosive flow up against the eroding scarp and threatening to erode a bank stabilization project implemented in 2009. The Project will address these issues with a three-pronged approach.
First, sediment will be removed and off-hauled from the left-side secondary channel. Second, some of the vegetation currently stabilizing the mid-channel island will be removed. Finally, a sacrificial terrace will be constructed along the right bank which will serve to reduce flow velocity against the bank and direct flow more towards the center of the channel.
Both components of this Project will be constructed concurrently in 2022. The Project may also initiate some pre-construction activities such as tree removal, vegetation removal, general site preparation, and utility relocations in advance of major construction with proper approvals and permissions in place.
On portions of 025-350-004; 025-320-010; 027-180-019; 025-310-025; 025-310-044; 025-320-005.
Cache Creek High School (14320 2nd St, Yolo, CA 95697)
Notice of Completion
State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, North Central Region 2 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 3 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Sacramento Region 5 (RWQCB), Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Delta Protection Commission, Delta Stewardship Council, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights
Other (Maintenance of existing levee, excavation of in-channel sediment)
Levee Maintenance & Flood Hazard Development Permit
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Energy, 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, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Wildfire
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