Regional Water Quality Control Board, Region 5 (Central Valley), Sacramento
Lewis Creek Bridge Debris Removal Project
NOE - Notice of Exemption
The National Park Service will remove a logjam approx 130' downstream of the Lewis Creek Bridge, along with aggraded bed material up to 80' upstream of the bridge. The aggraded material will be removed to form a channel approx 30' wide at the bottom, to match the span of the bridge. This will reestablish a path for high water flows and creek bed material to pass under the bridge and downstream into the Kings River during future flood events. In the short term, if the material is not removed from under the bridge, and the outflow channel cleared, the Lewis Creek Bridge will likely by overtopped or bypassed by near-future high water events, with consequent damage to the bridge and road. In that case, motor vehicle access to Cedar Grove would cease until emergency repairs could be done (which could involve construction of a new bridge or bridges).
The issuance of this Order and the activities described herein meet the exemption criteria under CA Code of Regulations, title 14, section 15301. Repair or maintenance of existing public structures.
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