2022-2023 Winter Storms Master Riparian Exception for Bank Stabilization


SCH Number
Public Agency
Santa Cruz County
Document Title
2022-2023 Winter Storms Master Riparian Exception for Bank Stabilization
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Bank stabilization repairs in the riparian corridor necessary to support properties and roadways.

Contact Information

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


Northern California
Cross Streets
Santa Cruz County

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Declared Emergency
Type, Section or Code
Sec. 21080(b)(3); 15269(a)
Reasons for Exemption
On January 4th, 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. Due to continued storm events and a subsequent emergency declaration from the Governor on March 8th, the active period for the riparian exception permit has been extended through the duration of the declared emergencies. There has been significant streambank instability and landslides within riparian corridors that were damaged or destroyed by the atmospheric river storms. These streambanks must be reestablished to restore access to properties and safely clean and rebuild parcels.
County Clerk
Santa Cruz


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