Santa Cruz Route 17 Drainage Improvement

3 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
California Department of Transportation, District 5 (DOT)
Document Title
Santa Cruz Route 17 Drainage Improvement
Document Type
FIN - Final Document
Document Description
This is a joint CEQA/NEPA document, A Final Mitigated Negative Declaration / Finding of No Significant Impact. Project Description: The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) proposes to repair or replace 13 drainage culverts along State Route 17 in Santa Cruz County between post miles 1.0 and 11.3. Multiple culvert structures within the project limits are in various states of disrepair and, if not addressed, could lead to failure or damage to the highway. The project will repair or replace culverts that have deteriorated due to age and will not construct new culverts at new locations. Also, improvements to drainage systems will help minimize the discharge of sediment into the San Lorenzo River watershed. Excessive sedimentation due to anthropogenic watershed disturbances has led to a decline in the health of San Lorenzo River watershed ecosystems and interfered with beneficial uses of the river. As a result, a regulatory order called a sedimentation/siltation Total Maximum Daily Load imposed by the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board requires that Caltrans minimize sediment loading to the receiving waters of the San Lorenzo River watershed. This can be accomplished in part via the rehabilitation of deteriorated culverts as part of this project.

Contact Information

Lara Bertaina
Agency Name
California Department of Transportation, District 5
Job Title
Senior Environmental Scientist
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley
Santa Cruz
Cross Streets
RTE 17& RTE 1; & El Rancho Rd; & La Madrona Dr.; & Mt. Hermon Rd; &Granite Creek Rd.; & Summit R
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
1, 9
San Lorenzo River, Branciforte Creek, Carbonera Creek, Bean Creek, Granite Creek, Burns Creek +
Mt Diabl

Notice of Completion

State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 5 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region 2 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), California Transportation Commission (CATC), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality
Development Types
Transportation:Highway/Freeway (Drainage Improvement)
Local Actions
Public Comment
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Drainage/Absorption, Energy, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Noise, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire


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