Iron Canyon Fish Passage Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
City of Chico
Document Title
Iron Canyon Fish Passage Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The purpose of the Iron Canyon Fish Passage Project is to modify a fish passage barrier in the form of large boulders and high vertical drop to allow two federally listed salmonid species (spring-run Chinook salmon and steelhead trout) and other native fish species access to optimal habitat upstream. This will be accomplished by removing and modifying the current existing instream configuration of boulders and minor regrading of the stream channel. In addition, 17 dilapidated concrete and rebar fish ladder weirs ·that were constructed in 1956 will be removed from the stream channel. The anticipated modifications should reduce channel velocity and vertical drops while increasing existing pools and creating some new pools. The result will allow for successful fish passage at a range of flow regimes. Minor modifications of approximately 2.5 miles of Park Road will be necessary for equipment access. See attached for full project description.

Contact Information

Holly Swan
Agency Name
California Trout
Job Title
Project Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant


Cross Streets
Other Location Info
Iron Canyon in Upper Bidwell Park, City of Chico

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Cal. Pub. Resources Code § 21080.56
Reasons for Exemption
The Project is statutorily exempt from CEQA pursuant to the Statutory Exemption for Restoration Projects (SERP), Public Resources Code Section 21080.56, as a project that meets all the following conditions: {1) the Project is exclusively to conserve, restore, protect. or enhance, and assist in the recovery of California native fish and wildlife, and the habitat upon which they depend: or is exclusively to restore or provide habitat for California native fish and wildlife: (2) the Project may have public benefits incidental to the Projects fundamental purpose; (3) the Project will result in long-term net benefits to climate resiliency, biodiversity, and sensitive species recovery: and includes procedures and ongoing management for the protection of the environment: and (4) Project construction activities are solely related to habitat restoration.
County Clerk


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