Big Meadow Creek Watershed Fire Regime Restoration Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
Regional Water Quality Control Board, Region 6 (Lahontan)
Document Title
Big Meadow Creek Watershed Fire Regime Restoration Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The purpose of the project is to improve and restore aspen, meadow, and montane riparian communities while simultaneously reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfires by treating hazardous fuels within the project area. The project involves removal of conifers from meadows, aspen stands, riparian corridors and the adjacent uplands entirely through manual hand crew operations. Prescribed fire will be used to dispose of thinned material. The use of fire in Stream Environment Zones in the Lake Tahoe Basin required a Basin Plan Prohibition Exemption and subsequent CEQA finding.

Contact Information

Doug Cushman
Agency Name
Regional Water Quality Control Board, Region 6 (Lahontan)
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


El Dorado
Other Location Info
~ 10 miles south of S. Lake Tahoe

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
The project will result in improved wildlife and vegetation conditions in the project area through fuel reduction activities, and will not change the overall character of the wildland area.

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