Reasons for Exemption
The Project meets all of the eligibility criteria of Section 21080.56: (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 incidental public benefits; (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. On March 17, 2023, pursuant to Section 21080.56, subdivision (e), the Director of CDFW received a request from the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Lahontan Region, to concur with the Board’s determination as lead agency that the Project meets the qualifying criteria set forth in Section 21080.56,
subdivisions (a) through (d), inclusive. On March 30, 2023, the Director of CDFW concurred with that determination.