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Salt River Restoration, Sec 206

SALT RIVER RESTORATION PROJECT
CONTINUING AUTHORITY, SECTION 206

PROJECT LOCATION AND DESCRIPTION

The Salt River is a tributary of the Eel River located near the town of Ferndale, in Humboldt County, California. It originates in the Wildcat Mountains, flows across the Eel River delta, and joins the Eel River approximately one mile from the Pacific Ocean. This area lies in the fourth largest estuary in California and provides habitat for a number of federal or state-listed endangered species—e.g., the Brown Pelican and Peregrine Falcon. The goal of this project is to restore approximately two miles of riparian and wetland habitats within the Salt River watershed. This area has experienced major ecosystem degradation because of excessive sedimentation that leads to drainage problems. Project solutions under consideration include tide-gate removal, dredging to control excess sedimentation, and riparian restoration. The proposed project is expected to have the added benefit of incidental flood reduction that will reduce infrastructure damage.

 TOTAL FUNDING

 

 

 

TOTAL COST

                     $    7,874,000

FEDERAL COST

                     $    5,182,000

NON-FEDERAL COST

                     $    2,692,000

 

 

TOTAL FEDERAL COST THROUGH FY 2014

                     $       564,711

AARA

                     $                 0

FY 2015 BUDGET

                     $                 0

COST TO COMPLETE

                     $    4,617,289        

FY 14 accomplishments (are based on the availability of funds)

  • This study will be closed out due to non-Federal sponsor inability to cost share the feasibility study per HQ 27 Aug 2013 guidance.

FY 15 accomplishments      

  • N/A

ISSUES AND OTHER INFORMATION

  • The Humboldt County Resource Conservation District is the NFS.
  • This project did not receive funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), Title IV, Pub. L. No. 111-5, 123 Stat. 115, Feb. 17, 2009.
  • The project Preliminary Restoration Plan was approved by the South Pacific Division (SPD) in May 2003.
  • The Without-Project Conditions Report was approved by the SPD in June 2008.
  • HQ provided new guidance on 27 Aug 2013, “Continuing Authority Program (CAP) process improvements #2 – Changes to procedures for CAP studies and design”.  This guidance requires the non-Federal sponsor for all “Grandfathered Projects” to cost share in the feasibility study phase.  As a result of this guidance, the non-Federal sponsor had responded by letter on 15 Jan 2014 that they are not able to cost share in the feasibility study. 

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS

  • 2nd District, Rep. Jared Huffman

 POINT OF CONTACT

  • Deputy for Project Management, Arijs A. Rakstins, (415) 503-6720

Updated on 16 April 2014

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