CMC personnel will oversee the vegetation removal operation. The site will be accessed on foot via the spillway/shoreline or via boat/small barge, and removed vegetation will be hand-carried to one or more metal dumpsters for hauling and disposal offsite. All staging and access will occur on previous disturbed areas (paved and/or graveled roads and existing equipment storage areas). The work crew will use primarily non-motorized hand tools to cut, pull, and remove vegetation from the site. If necessary, hand-held mechanical equipment may be used in specific areas to cut thick vegetation. All vegetation above the waterline will be hand pulled out of the ground if possible. Where it is not possible, vegetation will be cut at ground or water height/level. This will occur above the waterline in the dry portion of the silted in or rip-rap protected area adjacent to the spillway to minimize potential for disturbance to the stream zone. Below the waterline and just adjacent to the dry area, vegetation may be cut at the water level, but will not be pulled out to avoid disturbance to the stream zone.
The project consists of the maintenance of an existing facility involving no expansion of use (CEQA Guidelines 15301). This is one of a class of projects the Secretary for resources has found does not have a significant effect on the environment, and therefore is declared to be categorically exempt from the requirement for preparing an environmental document.