Marin Coastal Watersheds Permit Coordination Program
Proposed 2021 Projects
Public Comment Period: April 26, 2023 – May 26, 2023
Marin Resource Conservation District (MRCD) invites public comment on 5 adopted into the Marin Permit Coordination Program (PCP), an Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration. The PCP provides streamlined CEQA compliance for use of 53 conservation practices up to a certain scope in certain watersheds within Marin County by MRCD and their partners for a 10-year period.
All five (5) of these projects are funded by a Clean Water Act 319(h) grant through the State Water Resources Control Board. These projects aim to reduce pathogens concentrations and other nonpoint source pollutants into Tomales Bay and Stemple Creek as well as protect and restore ecosystems on natural and working lands to provide climate change adaptation and resilience for wildlife. Marin RCD is providing CEQA coverage for these projects. Project 1. Improves cattle distribution by supporting cattle activity away from a riparian area (tributary to San Geronimo Creek) by installing exclusion fence and establishing a livestock watering system (with aboveground pipe) that directs water resources toward more suitable, upland pasture. Project 2. Supports pasture re-establishment and reduces potential erosion by re-seeding and planting pastures, corrals and a downstream riparian area. Project 3. Improves cattle distribution by supporting cattle activity away from riparian areas by installing exclusion fence upland of an eroding tributary/gully. Project 4. and 5. The Salmon Protection And Watershed Network (SPAWN) will decommission eroding roads and pathways on ranchlands and direct the flow of water to reduce erosion to improve downstream habitat.
Specific details and CEQA documentation are available for public review at the MRCD office (80 Fourth St. Suite 203 Point Reyes Station). Comments must be submitted to Simone Albuquerque, Conservation Program Manager, P.O. Box 1146, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956 or to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before 5pm on May 27, 2023.
The Marin RCD Board of Directors will consider public comments during their Wednesday, May 10, 2023, and if any comments are submitted after May 10, 2023 then those comments will be considered at a regularly scheduled RCD Board meeting on July 12, 2023. If no comments are received by 5pm on May 26, 2023 then public comment period will automatically close. Your attendance and participation are welcome. Marin RCD Board meetings start at 9:00 am on Zoom, due to the COVID-19 health emergency. The meeting will begin at 9:00 am on our virtual Zoom platform, at this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87864206727