Stewart Gravel Bar Mining and Reclamation Project (Lake or Streambed Alteration Agreement No. EPIMSMEN-31139-R1C)

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SCH Number
Lead Agency
Mendocino County
Document Title
Stewart Gravel Bar Mining and Reclamation Project (Lake or Streambed Alteration Agreement No. EPIMSMEN-31139-R1C)
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Document Description
The project is limited to one encroachment for commercial gravel extraction from a single gravel bar on the Middle Fork of the Eel River. On May 19, 2022, the County of Mendocino granted approval of Major Use Permit and Reclamation Plan U_2020-0007/REC-2020-0001 – 51110 Covelo LLC. Consistent with those parameters set forth in the County permit, the Permittee proposes to extract up to 20,000 cubic yards of gravel, rock, and sand annually from the Stewart Bar on the Middle Fork Eel River. Gravel extraction at the site will be consistent with accepted skimming methodology which involves removal of gravel from selected areas of the bar in a sloped configuration to avoid creating holes or channels, and is done by using excavators, loaders, and haul trucks. Extraction will be limited to the aggraded portion of the bar, with horizontal and vertical offsets for buffers from the low-flow channel. Total annual extraction volumes would be replenishment based, with a maximum annual quantity of 20,000 cubic yards. Actual extraction quantities shall be determined on an annual basis based on channel morphology and gravel replenishment, subject to review and approval by CDFW and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). During operations, water will be drafted from the Middle Fork Eel River adjacent to the gravel bar for use as dust control only. The drafting will be limited to a maximum of 8,000 gallons/day (two loads) and the maximum instantaneous diversion rate will not exceed 100 gallons per minute. Intake screens will meet CDFW/NMFS fish screen requirements. Temporary crossings may be necessary. The location, design, and timing of installation and removal of crossings will be subject to review and approval by the gravel extraction review agencies. Post-extraction reclamation activities will include removal of any remaining temporary gravel stockpiles, finished grading of the gravel bar utilizing native materials to fill in low areas and depressions, re-contouring of the gravel bar to meet agency-approved post extraction slopes and gravel bar configuration, removal of temporary crossings, installation of storm water control measures, and removal of all work materials and debris.

Contact Information

Jonathan Hollis
Agency Name
CA Fish and Wildlife
Job Title
Environmental Scientist
Contact Types
Responsible Agency


Dos Rios
Northern California
Cross Streets
The project is located near 50751 Covelo Road, Dos Rios
Parcel #
035-030-17, 035-030-49, and 035-030-65
Middle Fork Eel River watershed

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
CA Fish and Wildlife
Approving Agency Role
Responsible Agency
Approved On
County Clerk
Final Environmental Document Available at
County of Mendocino Planning and Building Services 860 North Bush Street Ukiah, California 95482 Contact: Dirk Larson Phone: 707-234-6650


(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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