Maintenance/Realignment of the Oroville Brad B. Freeman Bike Trail


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Water Resources (DWR)
Document Title
Maintenance/Realignment of the Oroville Brad B. Freeman Bike Trail
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption

Document Description
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is proposing to maintain/realign a 3, 300-foot-long portion of the 41-mile-long Brad B. Freeman Bike Trail. The Brad B. Freeman Trail loop provides scenic off-road recreation, originally constructed primarily for all-terrain bikes. The trail follows shoreline portions of the Thermalito Forebay, Thermalito Afterbay, and the Diversion Pool, and crosses the Oroville Wildlife Area, as well as the crest of Oroville Dam. The portion of the trail is used by hikers, bikers, and equestrians. The project area includes the current trail crossing of the Union Pacific railroad tracks as they approach the southern shoreline of the Diversion Pool near the Lakeland Boulevard trailhead. The project involves trail relocation to pass under the railroad bridge rather than allowing trail users to hazardously cross the tracks at grade (Figure 1). Approximately 3,300 feet of trail would be relocated and 400 feet of fencing would be installed to prevent access to the railroad right of way and tracks. The relocated trail would maintain the same design standards as other portions of the trail including widths of 4 to 6 feet. A few small segments of the relocated trail will be surfaced with a clean road-base material. No mature trees would be removed. The proposed project involves trail relocation and barrier fencing.

Contact Information
Dave Bogener
California Department of Water Resources
Lead/Public Agency
460 Glen Drive
Oroville, CA 95966

Phone : (916) 574-2016


Other Location Info
Oroville Brad B. Freeman Bike Trail, near Lakeland Boulevard trailhead

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Sec.15301, Sec.15303, Sec.15304
Reasons for Exemption
This project is a minor alteration of the 41-mile long bike trail and involves no expansion of use. Several small structures (causeways) will be constructed within the Diversion Pool. The proposed project includes minor alteration in the condition of land, water, and vegetation related to the trail realignment. No removal of mature trees will occur.

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