California Aqueduct Verizon Fiber Optic Line Repairs


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Water Resources (DWR)
Document Title
California Aqueduct Verizon Fiber Optic Line Repairs
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
MCI/Verizon has requested permission to encroach on the DWR right-of-way to repair existing fiberoptic lines. To locate existing Verizon communication vaults, they will excavate approximately 2 feet wide by 4 feet deep trenches ranging from 200 feet to 500 feet long. Once the vaults are located, technicians will run tests to determine the location of the damaged fiberoptics. As necessary, the fiberoptic cables will be either replaced or new sections of cable will be spliced into the existing cable. After the repairs are made, all excavated areas will be backfilled, compacted, and recontoured. MCI/Verizon and its clients will benefit.

Contact Information

Agency Name
Department of Water Resources
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
Department of Water Resources
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Other Location Info
Work will occur on the right (R) side of the California Aqueduct (Aqueduct) in the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) right-of-way at four locations: mileposts {MP) 70.82 to MP 71.38, MP 79.81 to MP 79.91, MP 80.01 to MP 80.51, and MP 81.43 to MP 81.47. The northernmost location is at the intersection of Santa Nella Road and the Aqueduct and the southernmost location is located approximately 1 mile southeast of the intersection of Creek Road and the Aqueduct.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
DWR will issue an encroachment permit to MCI/Verizon so they can repair existing communication fiberoptic lines in DWR's right-of-way. The work will occur in areas that have an average slope of less than 20 percent, and will not change land use density, or expand the use of the lines. Categorical Exemptions 15305 (b) (Minor Alterations in Land Use Limitations -Issuance of Minor Encroachment Permits) and 15301 (Existing Facilities) apply.


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