Haystack Stormwater Channel Rehabilitation Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Palm Desert
Document Title
Haystack Stormwater Channel Rehabilitation Project
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
Open Space; Conventional Suburban Neighborhood; Golf Course & Resort Neighborhood; Zoning Open Space
Document Description
The Haystack Channel has been in place for several decades and was constructed to intercept north-flowing tributary flows crossing Haystack Road and to convey them to the Portola Avenue culvert and into a series of golf course drainage system farther east. The Project proposes approximately one mile of improvements to rehabilitate the portion of the channel extending from Alamo Drive eastward to the Portola Avenue culvert. These improvements are intended to capture and convey nuisance water to drains located between Alamo Drive and Heliotrope Drive, to optimize the hydraulic capacity of the culverts crossing under Alamo Drive, Heliotrope Drive, and Portola Avenue, as well to remediate diminished channel capacity and protect storm drain outlets east of Heliotrope Drive.

Contact Information

Nick Melloni
Agency Name
City of Palm Desert
Job Title
Principal Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant

John D. Criste
Agency Name
Terra Nova Planning & Research, Inc.
Job Title
Contact Types
Consulting Firm


Palm Desert
Southern California
Cross Streets
East of State Highway 74, west of Portola Avenue, immediately north of Haystack Road
Parcel #
630-025-050 & 052; 630-190- 051 & 054; 628-290-013
State Highways
Highway 74
St. Margaret's west of Hwy 74
29 & 3

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy (CVMC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Inland Deserts Region 6 (CDFW), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 8 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Colorado River Basin Region 7 (RWQCB), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Santa Ana Region 8 (RWQCB), State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights, State Water Resources Control Board, Divison of Financial Assistance, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW)
Development Types
Other (Public works: rehabilitation of existing channel)
Local Actions
Site Plan, Channel Improvement Project
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Drainage/Absorption, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation


Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]

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