EPIMS-MEN-27808-R1C_Garcia River_NOE_SERP


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Northern and Eureka Region 1 (CDFW)
Document Title
EPIMS-MEN-27808-R1C_Garcia River_NOE_SERP
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has executed Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreement Number EPIMS-MEN-27808-R1C pursuant to Fish and Game Code section 1602 and issued Restoration Management Permit Number 2081(a)-2022-002-R1 pursuant to Fish and Game Code section 2081, subdivision (a), for The Nature Conservancy’s Garcia River Enhancement Project (Project). The Project will occur in the middle estuary and encompasses a half-mile reach of the mainstem Garcia River from river miles 0.58 to 1.1 and the adjacent upper and lower floodplains on the south side of the river. The goal of the Project is to improve and increase juvenile salmonid rearing habitat in the Garcia River estuary by installing in channel wood structures and the creation of off-channel, low water flow habitat to reconnect the Garcia River with adjacent floodplain habitat. The Project requires in water work to place two engineered large wood structures (LWS) in the river and install two temporary floating bridges. The remaining 16 LWS will be installed along the banks of the Garcia River and include seven engineered log jams along the channel bank, a long bank jam along the northern channel bank to stabilize it, and a deflection engineered log jam at the upper most limit of the Project to reduce ongoing erosion on the north bank and maintain fish access to the new upper floodplain. In both the upper and lower floodplains, off-channel, seasonally flooded wetlands will be excavated, and large wood will be placed at their inlets.

Contact Information

Jennifer Garrison
Agency Name
California Department of Fish & Wildlife
Job Title
Senior Environmental Scientist Specialist
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Point Arena
Northern California
Cross Streets
approximately three miles northwest of the City of Point Arena
Parcel #
133-030-10, 133-030-13, 133-030-17, 133-030-18, and 133-030-19
Garcia River

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Public Resources Code section 21080.56
Reasons for Exemption
The Project falls within the SERP because the Project meets all of the following conditions: : (1) the Project is exclusively to conserve, restore, protect, or enhance, and assist in the recovery of California native fish and wildlife, and the habitat upon which they depend; or is exclusively to restore or provide habitat for California native fish and wildlife; (2) the Project may have public benefits incidental to the Project’s fundamental purpose; (3) the Project will result in long-term net benefits to climate resiliency, biodiversity, and sensitive species recovery; and includes procedures and ongoing management for the protection of the environment; and (4) Project construction activities are solely related to habitat restoration.
County Clerk


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