Type, Section or Code
Information Collection, Class 6, 15306, Title 14 CCR
Reasons for Exemption
A list of special status plant and wildlife species with the potential to occur within the project area has been compiled based on a literature search of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) California Natural Diversity Database (CNDDB). A Field survey was conducted to identify potential biological resources within the project vicinity and determined a minimal probability of special status species on the proposed Project site. The nearby encompassing area has the potential to serve as optimal habitat for Vireo bellii pusillus, Anaxryrus californicus, and Rana draytonii. During installation of the proposed project, the crew would take caution traversing into the creek to avoid disturbing any toad creatures or habitat. The local biota consists of typical wetland/riparian species of the Santa Barbara coastal region. No existing native vegetation would be removed. The installation of the stream gage would not significantly disturb the local ecology. No large machinery equipment would be utilized, and ground disturbance would be minimal. The proposed construction activities would take place outside of nesting season (February 15 to September 15) to mitigate impact to the local and migratory bird population. The stage sensor and wire gage would be mounted discreetly as to preserve the aesthetics of the Calle Ocho Footbridge. No pedestrian or vehicle traffic restrictions would be necessary for the installation or operation of the proposed project. A dig alert would be called prior to any digging, as there exists a high-pressure gas pipeline near the proposed location. Impacts to biological, water, air, aesthetic and cultural resources would be minimal. There would be minimal impact to the streambed and streambank in the Carpinteria Creek. Therefore, no environmental regulatory permits would be required.