English Meadows Floodplain Restoration and Enhancement Project

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SCH Number
Lead Agency
Nevada Irrigation District
Document Title
English Meadows Floodplain Restoration and Enhancement Project
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Document Description
The Project will restore approximately 380 acres of meadow and mixed conifer forest habitat in English Meadow. Historic land use, channel erosion, conifer encroachment, and overly dense forest conditions have impaired the hydrologic function in English Meadow. Today, the Middle Yuba River channel is incised, and flows are largely disconnected from the surrounding meadow floodplain. Flows within the meadow are “flashy” and exit downstream quickly before they can greatly recharge the meadow aquifer. As a result, there has been a subsequent shift in vegetation from wetland to upland plants and reduced late season streamflow. The Project will restore hydrologic function and floodplain connectivity by installing a series of woody debris jams and riffles to capture sediment in the channel, halt head-cutting tributaries, raise the water table, and improve the hydrologic connection between channel flows and the meadow floodplain. WCB Project ID: 2020133.

Contact Information

John P. Donnelly
Agency Name
Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation Board
Contact Types
Responsible Agency


Nevada, Sierra
Other Information
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. 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.

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
Wildlife Conservation Board
Approving Agency Role
Responsible Agency
Approved On
County Clerks
Nevada, Sierra
Final Environmental Document Available at


(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2b) A Mitigated or a Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2c) An other document type was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
(4) A mitigation reporting or monitoring plan was adopted for this project
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA


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