Type, Section or Code
Class 1,2, Sec 15301,15302
Reasons for Exemption
The proposed maintenance work is critical to the success of the LORP and will ensure that the City meets its restoration goals and legal commitments. Operations and maintenance work is subject to a Class 1 Categorical Exemption under Section 15301 of the CEQA Guidelines. This section reads, "Class 1 consists of the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alterations of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical, equipment, or topographical features, involving negligible or no expansion of use beyond that existing at the time of the lead agency's determination." Further, Section 15301 (i) provides the following as an example: "Maintenance of fish screens, fish ladders, wildlife habitat areas, artificial wildlife waterway devices, streamflows, springs, and waterholes, and stream channels (clearing of debris) to protect fish and wildlife resources."
The work described in this notification pertains to maintenance and generally will not require new construction. However some structures (such as measuring stations and culverts) may require replacement at some point in time. If this work becomes necessary, it would fall under a Class 2 Categorical Exemption under Section 15302 of the CEQA Guidelines. This exemption applies to "Replacement or reconstruction of existing structures and facilities where the new structure will be located on the same site as the structure replaced and will have substantially the same purpose and capacity as the structure replaced."