Merced River Agricultural Diversion and Fish Habitat Enhancement Project

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Summary

SCH Number
2022010622
Lead Agency
Merced Irrigation District
Document Title
Merced River Agricultural Diversion and Fish Habitat Enhancement Project
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Received
Posted
10/17/2023
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

Name
Kirsten Sellheim
Agency Name
Cramer Fish Sciences
Job Title
Senior Scientist
Contact Types
Project Applicant / Parties Undertaking Project

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

Location

Cities
Merced
Counties
Merced
Regions
Statewide
Cross Streets
off J17, off HWY 59
Zip
95369
Total Acres
128
Parcel #
see MND files
State Highways
59
Airports
Bonanza Hills Airport
Schools
Snelling Elementary School
Waterways
Merced River

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
Merced Irrigation District
Approving Agency Role
Lead Agency
Approved On
County Clerk
Merced
Final Environmental Document Available at
744 W 20th St. Merced, CA 95340

Determinations

(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
No
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
No
(2b) A Mitigated or a Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
Yes
(2c) An other document type was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
No
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
Yes
(4) A mitigation reporting or monitoring plan was adopted for this project
Yes
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
No
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
Yes

Attachments

Notice of Determination

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