Parks and Recreation, Department of
(California Department of Parks and Recreation)
Replace Comfort Station and Improve Accessibility
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Improve accessibility of public amenities on the peninsula (boat launch facility) at Lake Britton in McArthur Burney Falls Memorial State Park. Replace the existing comfort station, provide utility connections, demolish the existing building, and provide an ADA-compliant path of travel.
Phase I: Conduct a subsurface archaeological investigation to determine the presence or absence of cultural resources in the immediate project area. Archaeological site CA-SHA-418 is located in the project vicinity and could extend into the project's area of direct impact (ADI). Approximately two to four test units no more than 50 x 50 cm each will be excavated using hand tools in 10 cm increments to a depth adequate to determine presence or absence of intact archaeological deposits in the ADI. Excavated soils will be screened through 1/4-inch mesh and all units will be immediately backfilled with excavated soils on completion of the investigation. This investigation will aid in determining whether the project will have an impact on the cultural resources in the area. If testing indicates potentially significant cultural resources are present in the ADI, then project conditions or mitigation measures will be developed to avoid or reduce such impacts.
Phase II: If no potentially significant cultural resources are found in the ADI during Phase I the Department may proceed with the following project activities:
(1) Provide a new comfort station building with 2 unisex ADA compliant toilet stations and 4 unisex typical toilet stations; (2) provide for utility connections (sewer and water) and add a conduit from the utility chase to the exterior of the building for future electrical expansion; (3) demolish and remove existing building; and (4) provide ADA-compliant path of travel connection from new comfort station to existing accessible path of travel.
Project consists of data collection and resource evaluation activities that do not result in a major disturbance to an environmental resource, and the demolition of an existing building and construction on the same site of a single new structure and associated equipment and facilities including water, power, and sewage utility extensions, included as "archaeological investigations by Department staff," and "construction of restrooms" in the Department of Parks and Recreation's list of exempt activities in accordance with CCR § 15300.4.