Kent Island Restoration

A multi-year project to restore native habitat on a tidal island in Bolinas Lagoon.

California Environmental Quality Act

Based on a review of the information incorporated in the joint Initial Study/Environmental Assessment, including views of the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the general public, and resource agencies having special expertise or jurisdiction by law, as well as the stated best management practices and mitigation measures, the proposed activity would not significantly affect the quality of the physical, biological, and human environment. Pursuant to the provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, the preparation of an additional Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was not required.

Preventing Ecosystem Impact

Due to the biological significance of the area, the project included following measures to avoid impacts on sensitive resources.

  • Fish screening devices to avoid impacts on coho salmon and steelhead trout
  • Preservation of some Monterey pine woodlands to protect heron and egret nesting and roosting habitat
  • 100-meter buffer around egret and heron nests during the breeding season
  • Seal monitoring and 100-meter buffer adjacent to the harbor seal haul-out area
  • Bird nesting surveys
  • Worker training on how to to avoid disturbing seals, birds, and sensitive plants

Permits & Approvals

This project required permits and/or approvals from:

  • California Coastal Commission
  • California Department of Fish and Game
  • California Water Quality Control Board
  • Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
  • NOAA Fisheries
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service