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Lower Putah Creek Restoration Project Draft Program EIR Released for Review and Public Comment Meeting Scheduled

Notice of Availability
Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR)
Solano County Water Agency

Project: Lower Putah Creek Restoration Project – Upper Reach Project
Program Location: Putah Creek between the Putah Diversion Dam and the western boundary of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area.

Overview:  The Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) addresses the potential environmental impacts of the Lower Putah Creek Restoration Project, Upper Reach Project, a component of the Lower Putah Creek Restoration Project, California Department of Fish and Wildlife Ecosystem Restoration Program (ERP Grant No E1183015). The Lower Putah Creek Restoration Project Upper Reach Project (hereafter referred to as “the Program”) proposes to restore and enhance geomorphic and ecological function on approximately 24.2 miles of Putah Creek between the Putah Diversion Dam (PDD) and the western boundary of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area (YBWA) (see Figure 1). This reach of Putah Creek crosses a combination of privately (primarily) and publically owned lands in Solano and Yolo counties. The restoration efforts analyzed in this PEIR are planned by the Solano County Water Agency (SCWA) and the Lower Putah Creek Coordinating Committee (LPCCC) for implementation over the next 15 years. The SCWA is the CEQA lead agency for the Project.

This PEIR is intended to provide the public, responsible agencies, and trustee agencies with information about the potential environmental effects of the proposed Program, which is the CEQA “Project.” SCWA has prepared this PEIR in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) of 1970 (as amended) and the State CEQA Guidelines (14 California Code of Regulations [CCR]) Section 15000 et seq.).

This PEIR is intended to meet CEQA requirements and to integrate CEQA review with related consultations and anticipated programmatic and project-level permit requirements. SCWA, in its role as the lead agency, will use the PEIR to comply with CEQA review requirements for its approval of each of the restoration activities described herein. Program-level documentation may provide sufficient CEQA analysis to meet site-specific, project-level analysis for future projects, or additional documentation may be needed to fulfill CEQA compliance. This determination will be made by the lead agency on a case-by-case basis, typically with preparation of an Initial Study. 

Description of the Proposed Project: The project proposes to restore and enhance geomorphological and ecological function on approximately 24.2 miles of Putah Creek between the Putah Diversion Dam and the western boundary of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. Project activities include the following: Modify channel geometry, construct grade/flow control structures, stabilize channel banks, improve fish spawning gravel, fill abandoned gravel pits, remove invasive vegetation, plant native vegetation, irrigate native vegetation sites, manage non-native vegetation at restored sites, and maintain long-term access points.
Significant Environmental Effects: The project will have potentially significant impacts to noise levels during construction. The project will have no long-term impacts to noise levels. The mitigation measures in the PEIR will reduce all other environmental impacts to less-than-significant.

Public Review Period: The public review and comment period will be from June 3, 2016 to July 22, 2016. Written comments or questions should be mailed to: Solano County Water Agency, Putah Creek PEIR, 810 Vaca Valley Parkway, Suite 203, Vacaville, CA 95688.

A public comment meeting will be held on June 28, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Winters Community Center (Main Hall), 201 Railroad Avenue, Winters, CA 95694.

Copies of the PEIR may be reviewed electronically at http://www.scwa2.com/about-us/publications or at the following locations during normal business hours:

1) Solano County Water Agency, 810 Vaca Valley Parkway, Suite 203, Vacaville, CA 95688
2) Winters Community Library, 708 Railroad Avenue, Winters, CA 95694
3) Mary L. Stephens – Davis Branch Library, 315 E. 14th Street, Davis, CA 95616
4) Dixon Public Library, 230 North First St., Dixon, CA 95620
5) Ulatis Cultural Center Library, 1020 Ulatis Drive, Vacaville, CA 95687