Owens Valley Native Fishes Sanctuary Dam Removal


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Fish & Game #7
Document Title
Owens Valley Native Fishes Sanctuary Dam Removal
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption

Document Description
The project consists of a controlled (gradual, stepwise) breach of the levee, removal of the existing outlet pipe, exposure of the original channel through partial removal of fill, and hauling away from the removed fill. No fill will be replaced in the wetland. The project will be conducted while the impounded waters are at full capacity, as beavers haved plugged the outlet pipe. Aquatic organisms in the mud-bottomed channel downstream will not be harmed by the temporary, limited release of mud during the breaching. Removal of the structure will prevent chronic downstream channel aggradation and will restore currently inundated spring vents to their natural condition, remove the threat of inundation from a population of threatened Fish Slough Milk-vetch, and improve biotic integrity of the site.

Contact Information
Steve Parmenter
Department of Fish and Game, Region 7
407 W. Line Street
Bishop, CA 93514

Phone : (760) 872-1123


Other Location Info
First dam below the northwest Springs, ten miles north of Bishop on County Road 3V01 in Fish Slough.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15304(d)
Reasons for Exemption
Project involves minor alteration in land, water, and vegetation on existing officially designated wildlife management area or fish production facility which result in improvement of habitat for fish and wildlife resources or greater fish production.

Disclaimer: The document was originally posted before CEQAnet had the capability to host attachments for the public. To obtain the original attachments for this document, please contact the lead agency at the contact information listed above. You may also contact the OPR via email at state.clearinghouse@opr.ca.gov or via phone at (916) 445-0613.

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