The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has executed Master Streambed Alteration Agreement (1600-2022-005-R3), pursuant to Fish and Game Code section 1602, to the project Permittee, Matt Graul/East Bay Regional Park District.
The purpose of the Master Agreement is to allow the Permittee to conduct maintenance and restoration activities in streams, catch basins, seeps, springs, ponds, reservoirs, beaches, tidal marshes, and shoreline levees described in the notification for the project. The purpose of these activities is to maintain existing facilities, protect water quality, reduce erosion, maintain public and emergency access, and maintain natural resources that support a variety of state and federally listed, special-status, and other native species. The Permittee will also restore various aquatic and wetland ecosystems, including lentic (i.e., still fresh water, such as a pond or lake) and lotic (i.e., flowing fresh water, such as a stream) habitat; these restoration activities focus on enhancement and/or creation of aquatic ecosystems, with the primary objective to promote the conservation and recovery of sensitive species and riparian and other sensitive habitats, and in some cases, to provide habitat compensation for routine maintenance activities. In general, maintenance and restoration projects to be conducted under the Master Agreement result in net environmental benefits through controlling erosion, removing invasive vegetation, reducing sedimentation, restoring pond habitat, and improving the quality of stream and riparian habitat.