Pyramid Dam Spillway Inspection


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Water Resources (DWR)
Document Title
Pyramid Dam Spillway Inspection
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission n(FERC) has required DWR to immediately perform a thorough inspection of all of FERC licensed spillways to investigate and potentially repair the structure. The new inspections are required in light of the recent emergency action at Lake Oroville, CA. The Pyramid Dam Spillway inspection will include sounding of spillway invert and walls with hammers/chain drag/declamation roller to check for concrete delamination. Preparatory work includes lowering approximately 50 sandbags with a crane in the spillway invert to reduce gate leakage, utilizing hand tools (squeegees/plastic shovels/scrapers) or pressure washer to remove algae in the spillway invert, and setting anchors and ropes for rope access inspection of controlled spillway invert. The spillway work will also include sealing concrete joints and cracks, and repairing areas of concrete spalling.

Contact Information

Gerald Snow
Agency Name
California Department of Water Resources
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Los Angeles
State Highways
Pyramid Lake
Other Information
Closest town is Gorman, approximately 15 miles north of the project area.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 1; S: 15301
Reasons for Exemption
The State Water Project provides significant and important services to many Californians. This project is exempt because it involves minor repairs to an existing dam appurtenant. This project will not result in impacts to special status species or habitat. Because this activity can be implemented without any significant environmental impacts.

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