Merced River Agricultural Diversion and Fish Habitat Enhancement Project

8 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Merced Irrigation District
Document Title
Merced River Agricultural Diversion and Fish Habitat Enhancement Project
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
agricultural, vacant or disturbed land
Document Description
The overall vision of the Merced River Agricultural Diversion and Fish Habitat Enhancement Project (Proposed Project) is to reduce negative effects of agricultural diversions on salmonids by increasing quantity and quality of spawning, incubation, and rearing habitat, increasing salmonid survival, and reducing or eliminating salmonid entrainment/impingement/predation while increasing water diversion efficiency and reliability within the Lower Merced River (LMR). The Proposed Project aims to enhance up to three Cowell Agreement surface water diversions on the LMR (Figure 1) and to address issues presented by diversions along the LMR with long-standing water rights, including improperly functioning fish screens, poor diversion siting, and diversion configurations which are not engineered or designed to meet fish and diverter needs. Design and construction will occur in two phases, targeting the Cowell 2 diversion in the first year and the Cowell 1 and Cuneo diversions in the second.

Contact Information

Kirsten Sellheim
Agency Name
Cramer Fish Sciences
Job Title
Senior Scientist
Contact Types
Consulting Firm

Michael Morris
Agency Name
Merced Irrigation District
Job Title
Survey Project Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant


Countywide, Statewide
Cross Streets
off J17, off HWY 59
Total Acres
Parcel #
see attached
State Highways
Bonanza Hills Airport
Snelling Elementary School
Merced River
NAD 83
Other Location Info
This project will occur within three separate locations along the Merced River.

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 10 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Fish and Game Commission (CDFGC), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Fresno Region 5 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW)
Development Types
Other (habitat rehabilitation)
Local Actions
habitat rehabilitation
Project Issues
Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Flood Plain/Flooding, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Noise, Tribal Cultural Resources, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]

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