2021 Emergency Drought Salinity Barrier Project (California Endangered Species Act (CESA) Incidental Take Permit No. 2081-2021-041-03-A1 (ITP))

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Summary

SCH Number
2021060087
Public Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW)
Document Title
2021 Emergency Drought Salinity Barrier Project (California Endangered Species Act (CESA) Incidental Take Permit No. 2081-2021-041-03-A1 (ITP))
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
1/4/2022
Document Description
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has executed a major amendment for Incidental Take Permit No. 2081-2021-041-03, pursuant Fish and Game Code § 2081 (b); Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, §§ 783.2-783.8 to the California Department of Water Resources (DWR). In 2021, the lack of precipitation within California, recent warm temperatures and extremely dry soils depleted the expected runoff water from the Sierra-Cascade snowpack and caused a potential for water supplies to be insufficient to repel salinity in the Delta. In an Emergency Proclamation issued May 10, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom directed Permittee to take actions, if necessary, to implement plans that address potential Delta salinity issues, including, among other things, the installation and removal of emergency drought salinity barriers. As a response, DWR proposed to install (by July 1, 2021) and remove (by November 30, 2021) one temporary rock barrier weir structure, which will span West False River, and installation of two water quality and/or flow monitoring stations. The major permit amendment now being issued extends the removal date until November 30, 2022, provides for a “notch” in the barrier to provide for fish passage during January through April 2022, and describes conditions under which the barrier may be fully removed if hydrological conditions improve.

Contact Information

Name
Monica Oey
Agency Name
CDFW 3
Job Title
Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist)
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Location

Counties
Contra Costa
Regions
San Francisco Bay Area
Other Location Info
The project is located at West False River, a tributary to the San Joaquin River, in the County of Contra Costa, State of California; Latitude 38.057057 N, Longitude 121.670432 W; Assessor’s Parcel Number 027-010-005-0.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
California Code of Regulations, title 14, section 21080(b)(3) and 15269(a), Governor’s Proclamation of State of Emergenc
Reasons for Exemption
In an Emergency Proclamation issued May 10, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom directed Permittee to take actions, if necessary, to implement plans that address potential Delta salinity issues, including, among other things, the installation and removal of emergency drought salinity barriers. Paragraph 11 of the Proclamation suspended CEQA for purposes of carrying out this directive and other specified directives, stating specifically that this suspension applies to environmental review by state agencies.

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