V1 Ranch (Lake or Streambed Alteration Agreement NO. 1600-2020-0150-R5)


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW)
Document Title
V1 Ranch (Lake or Streambed Alteration Agreement NO. 1600-2020-0150-R5)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has executed Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreement number 1600-2020-0150-R5, pursuant to Section 1602 of the Fish and Game Code to V1 Ranch, LLC. Between March 2016 and November 2016, unauthorized impacts to the West Fork of the San Luis Rey River occurred when a pond was excavated upstream of an existing at-grade stream crossing without submitting Notification of Lake or Streambed Alteration to CDFW pursuant to Fish and Game Code section 1602. Portions of the excavated material were placed over the at-grade stream crossing, which widened and raised the crossing. The project consists of remediation of the unauthorized pond and enlarged crossing to return the area to pre-project elevations and contours. The six culverts that were installed within the elevated road will be removed, and the elevated road material will be redistributed within the pond area. The project also includes improvements to the at-grade stream crossing by widening it from pre-unauthorized activities to a 12-foot wide at-grade stream crossing. The at-grade stream crossing will incorporate below-grade stream armoring consisting of un-grouted rip-rap and associated geotextile fabric. The project will impact up to 1.32 acres of stream bed, bank, channel, and associated riparian/wetland vegetation. Permanent impacts to stream areas are limited to the installation of the at-grade road crossing and associated rip-rap armoring (0.13 acre). Temporary impacts of up to 1.19 acres include 1.10 acres of habitat restoration at the pond area and 0.09-acre area of incidental impacts surrounding the habitat restoration area. The 0.13 acre of permanent impacts and the 1.10 acres of unauthorized stream impacts will be mitigated through the purchase of 1.23 credits at a CDFW-approved mitigation bank. Impacted stream areas outside of the new armored at-grade stream crossing will be restored with native vegetation according to an approved habitat restoration plan.

Contact Information

Kevin Hupf
Agency Name
Fish and Wildlife
Job Title
Senior Environmental Scientist, Specialist
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Unincorporated portion of San Diego County
San Diego
Southern California
Cross Streets
The project is located in an unincorporated portion of San Diego County
Other Location Info
The project is located in an unincorporated portion of San Diego County; Latitude 33.89786, Longitude -117.97243; Section 2, Township 10 south, Range 01 east, United States Geological Survey 7.5-minute map Palomar Observatory quadrangle; Assessor Parcel Number 134-050-22-00.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Type – Class 4; California Code of Regulations, title 14, section 15304
Reasons for Exemption
The project consists of minor alterations to land.
County Clerk
San Diego


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