CEQA Notice of Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration for Mad River Floodplain and Public Access Enhancement Project

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McKinleyville Community Services District

1656 Sutter Road

McKinleyville, CA 95519

CEQA Notice of Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration for Mad River Floodplain and Public Access Enhancement Project

In accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines Section 15072 and Public Resources Code Section 21092, the McKinleyville Community Services District (MCSD) is providing notice of intent to adopt a mitigated negative declaration (MND) of environmental impact for the “Mad River Floodplain and Public Access Enhancement Project” as described here. The public is invited to comment on the proposed MND pursuant to the provisions of CEQA. The review period is 30 days and commences on April 1, 2020 and ends on April 30, 2020. Written comments must be submitted to MCSD no later than 5:00 pm on April 30, 2020. The Initial Study and proposed MND document are available for review during regular business hours by appointment at MCSD located at 1656 Sutter Rd. in McKinleyville, California. Per CEQA Guidelines Section 15072(g)(5), no known hazardous waste facilities or disposal sites exist within the project area.

The project generally includes two primary components – restoration of floodplain habitat to benefit fish and wildlife and public access improvements, including a nature study trail and viewing areas. The project would decommission and revegetate 4.25 acres of existing percolation ponds in the floodplain to restore the area to native floodplain vegetation function. The depression that would remain after decommissioning the percolation ponds provides the opportunity to restore riparian, wetland, and open water habitat within the tidally influenced lower reach of the river. The project’s public access amenities would be constructed to comply with Americans with Disability Act (ADA) access from the paved School Road Trail to a new river overlook, multiple interpretive and bench resting sites. The existing informal trails would be upgraded to allow for safe and well-defined access routes that accommodate ADA users, confine use to a limited, controlled corridor to protect wildlife and riparian resources, and provide for access to the floodplain and river.

For further information, or to request a copy of the Initial Study and proposed MND, please contact Greg Orsini, MCSD at (707) 839-3251, or email at mcsdgm@mckinleyvillecsd.com

MCSD plans to consider adoption of the MND at a regularly scheduled meeting likely on or around May 6, 2020.

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