Master Riparian Exception for Stream Crossings


SCH Number
Public Agency
Santa Cruz County
Document Title
Master Riparian Exception for Stream Crossings
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The proposed project consists of performing necessary stream crossing work in riparian corridors related to properties affected by the 2022-2023 winter storm damage in Santa Cruz County.

Contact Information

Logan Thompson
Agency Name
County of Santa Cruz Planning
Job Title
Resource Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Unincorporated Area
Santa Cruz
Northern California
Cross Streets
Santa Cruz County

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Declared Emergency
Type, Section or Code
Sec. 8550 15269(b); 15269(c)
Reasons for Exemption
On January 4, 2023, the Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, declared a state of emergency due to damage from the winter storms throughout California. There was significant damage to Santa Cruz County roads and infrastructure on December 30th due to an Atmospheric River Winter Storm. Several more storms from December 29th-January 16th caused widespread flooding, partially due to significant debris in the waterways, mudslides and debris flows, road washouts and road collapses, and power outages throughout the County. In many cases access to private properties affected by the storms crossed streams and associated riparian corridors over culverts or bridges that were damaged or destroyed by the atmospheric river storms. These bridges and culverts must be reestablished to restore access to properties and safely clean and rebuild parcels.
County Clerk
Santa Cruz


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