Areas of Vegetation Disturbance

Disturbance to existing grades and native vegetation shall be limited to the actual site of the project, necessary access routes, and staging areas. The number of access routes, the size of staging areas, and the total area of the project activity shall be limited to the minimum necessary to achieve the project goal. All roads, staging areas, and other facilities shall be placed to avoid and limit disturbance to streambank or stream channel habitat as much as possible. When possible, existing ingress or egress points shall be used and/or work shall be performed from the top of the creek banks or from barges on the waterside of the project levee. Following completion of the work, the contours of the creek bed and creek flows shall be returned to preconstruction conditions or improved to provide increased biological functions.