Water Resources, Department of
(California Department of Water Resources)
Bidwell Saddle Dam Weir Installation
NOE - Notice of Exemption
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) proposes to install a toe-weir and re-grade a section of the toe-road at the Bidwell Canyon Saddle Dam. The project will require excavation for the installation of the concrete headwall with the weir plate, vegetation removal for weir footprint, and re-grading of the toe road for drainage away from the seepage path. This will allow surveillance crews to record seepage measurements from Miners Ranch Canal into the Oroville Reservoir. It is necessary to survey these seepage patterns so dWR can take steps to mitigate any potential future dam safety issues or piping in the embankment.
The project includes adding a minor structure associated with the existing Bidwell Saddle Dam and performing road maintenance. This project does not include the removal of any trees or woody vegetation, and does not impact any sensitive resources.