Basso/La Grange Reach Floodplain and Spawning Habitat Restoration Project (Project) (Streambed Alteration Agreement No. EPIMS-STA-31260-R4)


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW)
Document Title
Basso/La Grange Reach Floodplain and Spawning Habitat Restoration Project (Project) (Streambed Alteration Agreement No. EPIMS-STA-31260-R4)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has executed Streambed Alteration Agreement Number EPIMS-STA-31260-R4 pursuant to Fish and Game Code section 1602 for the Tuolumne River Trust’s Project. The Project is designed to primarily benefit chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) and steelhead/rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) via the restoration and enhancement of approximately 65 acres of floodplain rearing habitat and eight spawning riffles within the lower Tuolumne River. This restored habitat will support improved productivity of salmonid populations on the lower Tuolumne River. The Project also includes construction of a non-motorized boat access path.

Contact Information

Megan Rooney
Agency Name
Job Title
Environmental Scientist
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Northern California
Gasburg Creek, adjacent to Tuolumne River
Other Location Info
The Project is located within and adjacent to the Tuolumne River and within Gasburg Creek, in the unincorporated community of La Grange, County of Stanislaus, California; centered at coordinates 37.66551, -120.47034; Sections 18, 19, and 24, Township 3 South, Range 14 East; U.S. Geological Survey Map La Grange; Assessor’s Parcel Numbers 008-042-005-000, 008-042-004-000, 008-042-009-000, 008-025-001-000, 008-025-003-000, 008-016-034-000, 008-016-011-000, 008-016-016-000, and 008-016-012-000.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Public Resources Code section 21080.56
Reasons for Exemption
CDFW approved the SAA relying on the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Statutory Exemption for Restoration Projects (SERP) (Cal. Pub. Res. Code, § 21080.56). Evidence in support of that determination is set forth in Stanislaus County Parks and Recreation’s August 24, 2022, CEQA SERP Lead Agency Determinations for the Project and the CDFW’s CEQA SERP Concurrence Number 21080.56-2022-010-R4. The Project falls within the SERP because the Project meets all of 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 Project’s 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.


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