Johnson Ranch Riparian Restoration Project (Project) (Request No. 1652-2024-071-001-R4)


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW)
Document Title
Johnson Ranch Riparian Restoration Project (Project) (Request No. 1652-2024-071-001-R4)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Pursuant to Fish and Game Code section 1652, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has approved the Project submitted by City of San Luis Obispo, represented by Lucia Pohlman. The primary purposes of the Project are habitat improvement, native plant restoration, sediment control, and large wood material enhancement. The Project includes the construction of approximately 30 beaver dam analogs (BDA), removal of invasive vegetation within a 75-foot buffer from the stream, and revegetation with 360 plantings and hand-collected native seed. A temporary irrigation system will be installed on the ground surface to support the establishment of plantings. BDAs will be adaptively maintained as needed throughout the Project term to achieve Project goals. The Project is expected to reduce sedimentation into the receiving watershed, thus improving water quality to the benefit of aquatic species. The accumulation of sediment at each BDA location will reduce water velocity and increase the persistence of surface flow. Revegetation will support habitat complexity, which will foster species diversity and abundance.

Contact Information

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


San Luis Obispo
Southern California
Cross Streets
The Project is located within an unnamed tributary to San Luis Obispo Creek
Parcel #

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 33 California Code of Regulations, title 14, section 15333
Reasons for Exemption
Class 33 consists of small projects not to exceed 5 acres in size to assure the maintenance, restoration, enhancement, or protection of habitat for fish, plants, or wildlife.
County Clerk
San Luis Obispo


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