English Meadow Floodplain Restoration & Enhancement

Summary

SCH Number
2021050237
Lead Agency
Nevada Irrigation District
Document Title
English Meadow Floodplain Restoration & Enhancement
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Received
Present Land Use
Nevada County: Forestland/Forestland, Sierra County: Forest and Open Space/Forest and Open Space

Document Description
The Nevada Irrigation District (NID or District) plans to implement floodplain restoration and forest management activities on 380 acres within the headwaters of the Middle Yuba River in Nevada and Sierra Counties, California. Project activities will take place about 1 mile upstream of Jackson Meadows Reservoir, a critical NID storage facility used for recreation, clean hydroelectric power production and water supply for 25,000 agricultural and drinking water customers in Nevada, Placer and Yuba Counties. Consistent with the District's land use objectives, the purpose of this Project is to improve watershed/ floodplain function and resilience of English Meadow and the surrounding forest to achieve the following benefits: • Reduce the transport of bedload and fine sediment from the upper watershed into Jackson Meadows Reservoir (maintain reservoir water storage capacity). • Increase seasonal retention and release of precipitation in the meadow floodplain aquifer. • Enhance habitat for meadow-dependent species. • Improve forest health to reduce wildfire risk through fuels reduction. • Increase snowpack and surface flow through mechanical thinning of the forest community on surrounding slopes. • Reduce conifer encroachment into the meadow.

Contact Information
Neysa King
Environmental Resource Administrator
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant
1036 W. Main Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945

Phone : (530) 271-6733
kingn@nidwater.com

Location

Counties
Nevada Sierra
Regions
Countywide Northern California Unincorporated
Waterways
Middle Yuba River Watershed, Jackson Meadows Reservoir
Township
18N
Range
13E
Section
4
Base
MtDiablo
Other Location Info
The Project lies in the headwaters of the Middle Yuba River watershed, approximately 35 miles northwest of Lake Tahoe, and straddles the boundary between Nevada and Sierra counties. The closest city is Truckee, in Nevada County (Map 1). The Middle Yuba River, which bisects English Meadow, flows into Jackson Meadows Reservoir approximately 1 mile downstream of the Project. The Project is located in Section 4 of Township 18 North, Range 13 East of the Mt. Diablo Meridian and Baseline (Map 1). The Project is located on NID-owned lands.
Other Information
Sierra County - Portion of N 1/2 of Sect 4 T18N, R13E, APN 014-130-002 Nevada County - Portion of N 1/2 of Sect 4 T18N, R13E, APN 015-030-005

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Other (Aquatic Restoration & Forest Treatment)
Local Action
Restoration Project
Project Issues
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 Mineral Resources Noise Population/Housing Public Services Recreation Transportation Tribal Cultural Resources Utilities/Service Systems Wildfire
Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB) California Department of Conservation (DOC) 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 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, Lahontan South Lake Tahoe Region 6 (RWQCB) California State Lands Commission (SLC) Department of Toxic Substances Control Office of Historic Preservation Sierra Nevada Conservancy State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights California Department of Fish and Wildlife, North Central Region 2 (CDFW)

Attachments

Draft Environmental Document [Draft IS, NOI_NOA_Public notices, OPR Summary Form, Appx,]
ISMND_EngMeadRestoration_May2021Final Draft   PDF 9057 K NOI_English Meadow_11May2021 (002)   PDF 64 K Summary_Form_English Meadowsv2   PDF 580 K
Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
NOC_English Meadow 11May2021   PDF 257 K
State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]
2021050237_CDFW Comment   PDF 217 K

Disclaimer: The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) accepts no responsibility for the content or accessibility of these documents. To obtain an attachment in a different format, please contact the lead agency at the contact information listed above. You may also contact the OPR via email at state.clearinghouse@opr.ca.gov or via phone at (916) 445-0613. For more information, please visit OPR’s Accessibility Site.

Download CSV Download All Attachments New Search Print