Stampede Dam Modification

Status Planning County Sierra
Project Type Compensatory mitigation Location 39.47148° N, -120.10155° W Map
Project Area (Acres) 2.62 Last Updated 5 April 2016

Project Identification

R6T-2013-0040 SWRCB - 401 Certification Letter (e.g., Site Number or WDID)
SPK-2010-00438 USACE - Letters of Permission

Habitat Plan

ActivityHabitatSubHabitatAcresActivity StatusWater Regime
Creation Seasonal Wetland Grassland and associated wetland 2.62 Construction planned

Related Habitat Impacts

HabitatAcres LostType of Loss
No Data


Stampede Dam Wetland Meadow Mitigation Site Construction planned 2.62


DateTypeDescriptionSite Name
2016-02-23 Permit USACE letter of permission issued.
2016-02-05 Permit 401 certification issued.
2013-02-19 Other Mitigated Negative Declaration signed. SCH # 2013022046
2012-05-16 Other FONSI Signed.


Contact Jamie LeFevre U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Not applicable/Unknown


No Data

Related CRAM Assessments

Visit DateVersionSite NameWetland TypeIndex Score
No Data

Performance Criteria

StatusDetailsEvaluation Date
Original criteria See Wetland Mitigation and Monitoring Plan 2015-10-01

Project Description

Reclamation has determined that dam safety deficiencies exist at Stampede Dam. Investigations conducted under Reclamation’s Safety of Dams (SOD) Program determined that during an extreme flood event Stampede Dam would be overtopped by floodwater, likely resulting in dam failure. The primary feature of the Project is an 11.5-foot-high mechanically stabilized earth crest structure on the dam and nearby dike. The Project also involves construction of two saddle dikes at topographical low spots on the south rim of the reservoir, improvements to haul routes (located on already disturbed areas where feasible), staging areas, stockpiling areas, and log landings for use in clearing vegetation. Reclamation proposes creation of a 2.62-acre wetland as compensatory mitigation for wetland loss.
Upload files or links
Name File Type Submitted On Submitted By
Wetland Mitigation and Monitoring Report Monitoring Report 2016-04-05 Jamie LeFevre, USBR
Wetland Mitigation Plan October 2015.pdf

How to Use the Habitat Development Curve

Habitat Development Curves (HDCs) are used to determine the developmental status and trajectory of on-the-ground projects to create, restore, or enhance California wetland and stream habitats. Each HDC is based on assessments of habitat condition for different age areas of one habitat type that in aggregate represent the full spectrum of habitat development. The assessments of condition are provided by expert applications of the California Rapid Assessment Method (CRAM). Visit the CRAM website for more information about CRAM.

For each HDC, reference condition is represented by areas of a habitat that consistently get very high CRAM scores, have not been subject to disruptive management practices, and exist within landscapes that are protected and managed for their natural conditions. The horizontal lines intersecting the top of an HDC represent the mean CRAM score and standard deviation of scores for 25 qualifying reference areas.

The age of a project is estimated as the elapsed time in years between the groundwork end date for the project and the date of the CRAM assessment. To add or update a groundwork end date, use the Project Events form in Project Tracker ( The minimum age in years of a non-project area, including any natural reference area, is estimated from all available local information, including historical maps and imagery, historical written accounts, and place-specific scientific studies of habitat development.

An HDC can be used to address the following questions:

  1. At what time in the future will the area of assessed habitat achieve the reference condition or other milestones in habitat development? The HDC can answer this question if the CRAM score for the assessed area is within the confidence interval of the HDC. The answer is the time in years along the HDC between the current age of the assessed area and the future date corresponding to the intersection of the HDC and the reference condition or other milestone.
  2. Is the area of assessed habitat likely to develop faster, slower, or at the same pace as most other areas of the same habitat type? The habitat area is likely to develop faster, slower, or at the same pace if the CRAM score for the area is above, below, or within the confidence interval of the HDC, respectively.
  3. What can be done to improve the condition of the habitat area or to increase its rate of development? HDCs by themselves cannot answer this question. Possible answers can be inferred by the following analysis that involves HDCs:
    1. Examine the HDC for each of the four CRAM Attributes;
    2. Identify the Attribute(s) scoring below the HDC;
    3. For any low-scoring Attribute, examine the component Metric Scores (note: the Metric Scores for any public CRAM assessment in the CRAM database can be obtained through EcoAtlas);
    4. Assume the low score of an Attribute is due to its low-scoring Metric(s);
    5. Consider modifying the design or management of the habitat area in ways that will sustainably increase its score(s) for the low-scoring Metric(s).

For more information about CRAM Attributes and Metrics, including their scientific rationale, see the CRAM Manual.

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