Yurok Country Club Ponds Management Project (Lake or Streambed Alteration Agreement No. EPIMS-HUM-42396-R1)


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Northern and Eureka Region 1 (CDFW)
Document Title
Yurok Country Club Ponds Management Project (Lake or Streambed Alteration Agreement No. EPIMS-HUM-42396-R1)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The project involves the maintenance and removal of aquatic vegetation from five (5) golf course water-hazard features (i.e., onstream ponds). The ponds have become overgrown with aquatic vegetation, including invasive and exotic plants, and in some instances infested with invasive aquatic-vertebrates (fish, amphibians, and reptiles). The objectives of the project include enhancing drainage and streamflow by reducing obstructive vegetation and restoring the aquatic aesthetic suitable for a golf course, while maintaining or enhancing habitat benefits for native species. Work to remove aquatic vegetation will include excavation with a long-reach excavator and disposal at an approved onsite location; in some cases, pond dewatering may be necessary. Vegetation-removal activities shall only occur between August 15 and October 31 for the conservation of pond-breeding amphibians and reptiles, and wetland-breeding birds. Restrictions on the magnitude of vegetation-removal shall include: no more than 75% of the existing vegetation should be removed from ponds 1, 3, and 4 in any given year; no more than 50% of the existing vegetation should be removed from ponds 2 and 5 in any given year. Prior to initiating vegetation-removal activities, a qualified biologist should survey the area to determine the presence of any invasive species and identify native species, including special status plant or animal species; invasive plant species should be prioritized for removal and managed aggressively, while native plant species, especially shrubs and trees should be retained and allowed to create a canopy. The qualified biologist should be present for pond-clearing activities to safely capture and translocate native vertebrate species (e.g., Western pond turtle, Northern red-legged frog, etc.) out of harm’s way to suitable onsite habitat.

Contact Information

Jonathan Hollis
Agency Name
Job Title
Environmental Scientist
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Willow Creek
Northern California
Cross Streets
333 Bigfoot Avenue, Willow Creek, CA
Parcel #
Trinity River watershed

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 4; California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Section 15304
Reasons for Exemption
The project consists of minor alterations to land, water, and/or vegetation. There would be no significant adverse impact on endangered, threatened, or rare species or their habitat pursuant to §15065. There are no hazardous materials at or around the project site that may be disturbed or removed. The project will not result in impacts that are significant when viewed in connection with the effects of past projects, the effects of other current projects, and the effects of probable future projects.
County Clerk


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