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Mitigated Negative Declaration for FRGP, Steelhead and Forest Land Restoration Projects

Public Notice of Mitigated Negative Declaration for CDFW's 2016 Fish Habitat Restoration Project

As required by the California Environmental Quality Act, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Fisheries Restoration Grant Program is providing Public Notice of the completion of a Mitigated Negative Declaration for a proposed project to enhance the capability of streams to produce anadromous salmonids by maintaining, restoring, and improving stream habitat essential to salmonid production.

Project Location: Various streams in Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Siskiyou, Sonoma, and Ventura counties.

Description of Project: This project will use grant funds approved by the California Legislature to initiate activities that are designed to restore salmon and steelhead habitat in coastal streams and watersheds that historically produced large populations of salmon and steelhead. Activities will improve spawning success for adult salmon and steelhead as well as increase survival for eggs, embryos, rearing juveniles and downstream migrants. Bank stabilization treatments will reduce sediment yield to streams. Upslope road decommissioning or repair will also help address these widespread problems. The replacement of barrier culverts with bridges or natural stream bottom culverts will allow adult and juvenile salmonids access to additional spawning and rearing habitat. The installation of instream structures will recruit and sort spawning gravel for adult salmon and steelhead, and create summer rearing pools and over-wintering habitat for juveniles.  Below are the links to the document.

The Negative Declaration is available for review at:

  • CDFW Fisheries Restoration Grant Program
    Watershed Restoration Grants Branch
    1700 9th Street, 2nd Floor
    Sacramento, CA 95811
  • CDFW Northern Region Office
    1455 Sandy Prairie Court, Suite J
    Fortuna, CA 95540
  • CDFW Bay Delta Region Office
    3633 Westwind Blvd.
    Santa Rosa, CA 95403
  • CDFW Central Region Office
    20 Lower Ragsdale Dr. Ste. 100
    Monterey, CA 93940
  • CDFW South Coast Region Office
    4665 Lampson Ave.
    Los Alamitos, CA 90720

The review period for the mitigated negative declaration starts December 23, 2016 and ends January 23, 2017. Please mail comments to:

CDFW Watershed Restoration Grants Branch
Fisheries Restoration Grant Program
Attn: Ms. Karen Carpio
1416 9th Street, Room 1266
Sacramento, CA 95814

Comments must be received by January 23, 2017.

For additional information contact:

  • Mr. Trevor Tollefson, Senior Environmental Scientist, (707) 725-1072
  • Ms. Gail Seymour, Senior Environmental Scientist, (707) 576-2813
  • Ms. Margaret Paul, Senior Environmental Scientist, (831) 649-2882
  • Ms. Mary Larson, Senior Environmental Scientist, (562) 342-7186


Watershed Restoration Grants Branch
1416 Ninth Street, 12th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814
WatershedGrants@wildlife.ca.gov


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one image showing bridge with pipe for water to pass; another image showing bridge with clear stream passage below

Before and after: a bridge is built to replace a culvert that was impassable to salmon. Photos provided by Mike Bird