Smith River Estuary Backwater Habitat Enhancement Project

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Regional Water Quality Control Board, North Coast Region 1 (RWQCB)
Document Title
Smith River Estuary Backwater Habitat Enhancement Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Project will enhance an existing backwater feature on the south bank of the Smith River by widening and deepening it to increase the duration and range of flows that juvenile and adult salmonids can access the habitat feature and by installing large wood structures to maintain the backwater entrance. Additionally, riparian habitat will be enhanced with native trees, shrubs and wetland plantings, and a new riparian fence will be installed to fully exclude livestock from the mainstem Smith River and nearby Tolowa Dunes State Park.

Contact Information

Jake Shannon
Agency Name
Job Title
Sr. Environmental (Scientist)
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Del Norte
Northern California

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 33; California Code of Regulations, Title 14, section 15333
Reasons for Exemption
The project will restore off-channel salmonid habitat along the Smith River. The total project is less than five acres in size, and there will be no significant adverse impact on endangered, rare or threatened species or their habitat.
County Clerk
Del Norte


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