Butte Creek Debris Removal


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, North Central Region 2 (CDFW)
Document Title
Butte Creek Debris Removal
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The project is limited to the removal of logs and debris from 2 sections on Angel Slough (Sites 1 and 2) and 6 sections from Butte Creek (Sites 3-8) in the "Butte Sink" to remove migration impediments for adult spring-run Chinook salmon. Removal of logs/debris will be performed with a hydraulic excavator with a thumb attachment. Access to the removal sites will require clearing of riparian vegetation using the excavator and/or other equipment. Mature trees will be flagged, and their removal will be avoided to the maximum extent possible. If any mature trees need to be removed, the root ball will be left intact. For Sites 1 and 2, removed logs/debris will be stockpiled between Angel Slough and the nearest levee road and Permittee will work with the property owner for later disposal. For Site 3-8, the property owner will designate a stockpile location and will dispose at a later date. The project will result in temporary impacts to approximately 0.47 acres (20,403 square feet) of perennial streambed and 0.46 acres (19,892 square feet) of riparian vegetation.

Contact Information

Melissa Stanfield
Agency Name
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Job Title
Environmental Scientist
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Northern California
Other Location Info
The project is located at eight (8) locations in the “Butte Sink”. Sites 1 and 2 are located on Angel Slough between White Mallard Weir and Sanborn Slough BiWeir. Sites 3-8 are located between Drumheller Weir and White Mallard Weir on Butte Creek. Locational information for each site is as follows: Location 1: Angel Slough (39.339579, -121.897766); Location 2: Angel Slough (39.338001, -121.897399); Location 3: Butte Creek (39.326898, -121.903430); Location 4: Butte Creek (39.326661, -121.903706); Location 5: Butte Creek (39.318781, -121.905377); Location 6: Butte Creek (39.312661, -121.907830); Location 7: Butte Creek (39.309981, -121.908334); and Location 8: Butte Creek (39.296054, -121.914400).

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Type – Classes 1 and 33; California Code of Regulations, title 14, sections (15301 and 15333).
Reasons for Exemption
Class 1 and Class 33 because the project consists of the maintenance of Butte Creek and Angel Slough stream channels to restore fish passage to the upper reaches of Butte Creek for spring-run Chinook salmon. The project does not exceed five acres in size.
County Clerk


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