Inyo National Forest Whitney Portal Pond Dredging Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
Regional Water Quality Control Board, Region 6 (Lahontan)
Document Title
Inyo National Forest Whitney Portal Pond Dredging Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The purpose of the Project is to dredge a pond that has filled with sediment over decades to improve habitat and recreational experience. The pond is approximately 100 by 100 feet and shallow (zero to one foot deep). Approximately 400 cubic yards of material will be removed creating a finished pond depth of approximately 4 feet. Lone Pine Creek passes through the pond and will be diverted with an existing concrete diversion structure and rock lined by-pass channel during excavation. The pond will be drained and dry prior to sediment removal.

Contact Information

Brian Judge
Agency Name
Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


15 miles west of Lone Pine
Other Location Info
Inyo National Forest, Whitney Portal Day Use Picnic Area, On Whitney Portal Road 15 miles west of Lone Pine.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
The RWQCB, Lahontan Region finds that this project, as permitted, will not have a significant effect on the environment and is exempt from the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to Section 15333, Small Habitat Restoration Projects. The project is limited to dredging a man-made pond to its original size and depth.


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