Smith River Water Diversion Replacement Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
California Regional Water Quality Control Board, North Coast Region 1 (RWQCB)
Document Title
Smith River Water Diversion Replacement Project
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
Prime Agricultural, Agricultural Exclusive (AG-40)
Document Description
The Alexandre Dairy is proposing the project to restore a riparian water right for APN 103-020-074 to irrigate approximately 355 acres of agricultural land which is grazed annually for organic milk production. The purpose of the project is maximize pasture irrigation during the late spring and summer during traditionally dry periods on the coast to allow the harvest of winter feeds (silage and grass hay) and grazing by: (1) replacing a functionally obsolete water diversion with a new structure that meets current NMFS standards and regulations and (2) conveying the water by means of a new underground pipeline, minimizing evaporation and groundwater penetration which previously occurred through an open conveyance ditch. The 4,500-foot-long underground water supply will irrigate the Ranch’s approximately 355 acres, which makes up APN 103-020-074 from May 1st through September 31st annually. Start dates may vary depending on the farm’s annual precipitation, which dictates pump start and stop periods on an annual basis, as this region generally experiences 76 inches of annual rainfall.

Contact Information

Ryan Bey
Agency Name
North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board
Job Title
Senior Environmental Scientist (Sup)
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Crescent City
Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Siskiyou, Sonoma, Trinity
Countywide, Northern California
Cross Streets
Sarina Road
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
U.S. Highway 101
Smith River Elementary School
Smith River

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Coastal Commission (CCC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Habitat Conservation Planning (CDFW), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Northern and Eureka Region 1 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), California Department of Transportation, District 1 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, District 2 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, District 4 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, North Coast Region 1 (RWQCB), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region 2 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality
Development Types
Other (Agricultural)
Local Actions
Use Permit
Project Issues
Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Hydrology/Water Quality, Tribal Cultural Resources, Wetland/Riparian
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form

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