Rio del Mar Living Shoreline


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Document Title
Rio del Mar Living Shoreline
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Construct a living shoreline adaptive structure at Rio del Mar State Beach, a subunit of Seacliff State Beach to provide short term coastal protection for public facilities. The living shoreline is a nature-based design created from driftwood, natural fiber rope, cobbles, sand, and native plants. Work will: •Collect and place driftwood material at the back of the beach; •Excavate approximately 12 inches deep, if needed, to secure driftwood in sand; •Secure driftwood material together with fiber rope as needed; •Excavate approximately 3000 cubic yards of sand from the summer berm at Rio del Mar State Beach and cover the driftwood material to create manmade dunes; •Place approximately 780 cubic yards of rounded cobbles on the oceanward side of the newly created dunes; and •Plant native plants on the top of the dunes system.

Contact Information

Linda Hitchcock
Agency Name
Department of Parks and Recreation
Job Title
Senior Park and Recreation Specialist
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Rio del Mar
Santa Cruz
Total Acres
Aptos Creek

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301, 15304, 15333
Reasons for Exemption
Project consists of the minor alteration of existing public or private facilities or topographical features involving negligible or no expansion of use beyond current levels; minor public of private alterations in the condition of land, water, and/or vegetation which do not involve removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees; and projects not to exceed five acres in size to assure the maintenance, restoration, enhancement, or protection of habitat for fish, plants, or wildlife.


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