Fall Creek Fish Ladder Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
San Lorenzo Valley Water District
Document Title
Fall Creek Fish Ladder Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Proposed project activities include improvements to the existing fish ladder through modifying the four existing concrete weirs; constructing two additional concrete weirs downstream of the existing weirs to meet new design profile (12-inch vertical drops); and placing concrete grade control weir upstream of intake screen. These actions would reduce average drop height and concentrate flow toward the center of the channel and promote plunging flow into the pool and help maintain sediment transport through the pool. The proposed project would not result in expansion of use. Project implementation would improve fish passage conditions of the fish ladder to be consistent with the fish passage variance issued by National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) (dated April 19, 2019). Proposed activities would not alter the amount of water intake being diverted to the town of Felton.

Contact Information

Josh Wolff
Agency Name
San Lorenzo Valley Water District
Job Title
District Engineer
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Santa Clara
Cross Streets
Fall Creek Drive
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
Fall Creek, a tributary to San Lorenzo River

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 1 Code § 15301, Class 2 Code § 15302, and Class 33 § 15333
Reasons for Exemption
The project consists of minor alteration to an existing fish ladder to be consistent with the fish passage variance issued by CDFW and NMFS. There would be no expansion of use or expansion of water diverted. The project meets CEQA criteria for exemption from environmental review under Class 1 (15301) Existing Facilities; Class 2 (15302) Replacement or Construction; Class 3 (15303) New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures; and Class 33 (15333) Small Habitat Restoration Projects.
County Clerk
Santa Cruz


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