In order to provide optimized access for all types of water recreation, Regional Parks is planning a renovation to the existing boat launch facility at the Hudeman Slough access point. The project involves demolition of the existing boat ramp and dock, and the reconstruction of a new ramp and dock system. The new construction will enhance the accessibility to the slough and allow for a higher level of maintenance of the facility. Additional project components include the addition of a low freeboard kayak launching dock, a permanent restroom building, resurfacing of the parking area and the provision of 6 primitive campsites including a camp host site that would accommodate a 28’ trailer.
Cost and Funding Sources
The preliminary project planning and environmental work is being funded by a grant from the Wildlife Conservation Board. The Hudeman Slough access point has been identified as part of the San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail Plan, and as such will be eligible for additional funding through the Boating and Waterways program.
The engineering plans were completed to a 50% level in the fall of 2014. Based on these preliminary plans, an Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration was prepared pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Sections 15070 – 15073. The Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration finds that the proposed project would result in “potentially significant” or “potentially significant unless mitigated” environmental impacts related to air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, and recreation. Although the proposed project could have a significant effect on the environment, implementation of feasible mitigation measures would either avoid or reduce to a level of insignificance identified environmental impacts.
The following documents are available for review and comment:
- Notice of Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration (26.9 kB)
- Initial Study and proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration (1.84 MB)
- Preliminary Engineering Plans (3.85 MB)
Hardcopies are also available at Sonoma County Regional Parks' front desk, Sonoma County Board of Supervisors at 575 Administration Dr. room 100A, Santa Rosa, and the Sonoma County Library at 211 E Street, Santa Rosa. The posting and 30-day public review period for the Proposed Negative Declaration is February 17, 2015 to March 17, 2015. Written comments should be addressed to Scott Wilkinson at Sonoma County Regional Parks. The address and phone number are listed above, or e-mail at: email@example.com.
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors is the decision-making body responsible for adopting the proposed Negative Declaration and approving the proposed project. The environmental document and the comments received thereon will be referred to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors at a meeting that will be scheduled. Notification of the meeting will be mailed to those on the project mailing list and will be posted on the Sonoma County Regional Parks Department website, listed above.