Little Butano Creek Fish Passage and Habitat Enhancement Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
San Mateo County Resource Conservation District (SMCRCD)
Document Title
Little Butano Creek Fish Passage and Habitat Enhancement Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The project will remediate two fish passage barriers and improve stream and wetland habitat on Little Butano Creek in the Pescadero-Butano Watershed. The downstream of the two barriers is a bedrock chute created by historic land-use and resulting anthropomorphically induced channel straightening and incision. The upstream barrier is created by a series of concrete steps and accumulated sediment associated with a culvert on Cloverdale Road. The project builds on decades of watershed investments to restore access for salmonids to the project site, restore floodplains and lagoons, and improve flows. In addition to restoring access to 2.7 miles of cold-water stream up to the final remaining barrier in Butano State Park, this project also improves 3.1 acres of habitat through installation of large woody debris structures, creation of low flow pools, floodplains, a new stream meander, and habitat enhancements at two confluence zones.

Contact Information

Christina Kelleher
Agency Name
San Mateo Resource Conservation District
Job Title
Conservation Project Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Mateo
San Francisco Bay Area
Cross Streets
Cloverdale Road near Eden West Road
Total Acres
Little Butano Creek, Butano Creek
Other Location Info
2599 Cloverdale Road, Pescadero, CA 94060

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 33, Section 15333 (Small Habitat Restoration)
Reasons for Exemption
The Project meets the CEQA criteria for exemption from environmental review under Class 33, Section 15333. This section of the guidelines describes Small Habitat Restoration Projects that do not exceed 5 acres in size and are constructed for the purpose of maintenance, restoration, enhancement, or protection of habitat for fish, plants, and wildlife. This Project will restore access for salmonids to 2.7 miles of creek habitat by addressing two fish passage barriers and improving habitat. The Project is approximately 3.6 acres in size and is for the purpose of habitat improvement for state and federally threatened and endangered fish species.
County Clerk
San Mateo


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