Mill Creek Vegetation Maintenance


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Inland Deserts Region 6 (CDFW)
Document Title
Mill Creek Vegetation Maintenance
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
CDFW proposes to perform vegetation maintenance activities on approximately 5,000 linear feet of Mill Creek (also known as the south branch of Pine Creek). Mill Creek is controlled and diverted from the north (main) branch of Pine Creek with a diversion structure and conveys water and associated appropriated water rights downstream to where it is used for irrigated agriculture in Round Valley and eventually joins the Owens River. Maintenance activities will include cutting back woody riparian vegetation, particularly dead branches, which overhangs the stream and may cause blockages and flooding. Debris that has already fallen may be removed as well. The work will be completed using hand tools, chainsaws, and chippers. The purpose of the project is to maintain vegetation along the creek in a way that preserves the wildlife habitat and reduces the likelihood of flooding during the high stream flows that occur during spring snowmelt. During extreme runoff events flooding in Mill Creek may result in damage to public infrastructure such as roads and bridges, cause increased erosion, and impair habitats for fish and wildlife. The work will be conducted on an ongoing basis between October 1 and March 15 to avoid potential for the disturbance of nesting birds. The project will not result in the taking of endangered, rare, or threatened plant or animal species, remove mature, healthy, scenic trees, or cause significant erosion and sedimentation of surface waters.

Contact Information

Alisa Ellsworth
Agency Name
California Department of Fish and Wildlife Inland Deserts Region
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Contact Types
Project Applicant


19, 20
Other Location Info
The project will be located on California Department of Fish and Wildlife ("CDFW") property east of the community of Rovana, south of Pine Creek Road, and north of Vanadium Ranch Road in northern Inyo County, State of California.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15301 and 15304
Reasons for Exemption
The project is Class 1, §15301 (Existing Facilities) Exempt; the Project includes maintenance of a wildlife habitat area and stream channel to protect fish and wildlife resources. The project is Class 4, §15304 (Minor Alterations to Land) Exempt; the Project will result in minor alterations to vegetation which will not involve removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees.


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