Emerald Bay Liberty Power Pole Replacement and Issuance of Right of Entry Permit


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Document Title
Emerald Bay Liberty Power Pole Replacement and Issuance of Right of Entry Permit
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Present Land Use
CA State Parks
Document Description
Grant a Right of Entry (ROE) to Liberty Utilities for access to Emerald Bay State Park to remove and replace a total of twenty-five (25) power poles as well as access to, and use of, a helicopter staging area to aid in the removal and replacement of power poles located in areas not accessible by utility trucks. The staging area for the helicopter will be located at the Eagle Point Campground Rubicon Trailhead Day Use parking lot and the helicopter path of travel will avoid the air space over Vikingsholm, Fannette Island, piers, and/or other structures. Work will: • Remove fifteen (15) trees greater than 14” DBH: five (5) Jeffrey pine, four (4) white fir, and six (6) black cottonwood and prune additional trees as needed; • Remove the twenty-five (25) old power poles; • Use shovels and a jackhammer to excavate nineteen (19) 8’ deep by 24” diameter holes; • Use a backhoe to excavate six (6) 8’ deep by 30” diameter holes; • Use shovels and a jackhammer to excavate two (2) 8’ deep by 24” diameter anchor holes approximately 30’ from power poles P-9 and P-10 to anchor a guy wire to support the poles; and • Use a utility line truck to set thirteen (13) poles and backfill around the poles with gravel and top with existing soil. At the Eagle Point Campground Rubicon Trailhead Day Use parking lot: • Deliver (by truck) and stage twelve (12) poles in the dirt parking lot; • Use the helicopter to transport twelve (12) poles over Emerald Bay to the project location and set in place, and to transport the twelve (12) removed poles back over Emerald Bay to the staging area for removal by truck; and • Use a water truck to minimize dust resulting from helicopter operations at the staging area.

Contact Information

Daniel Shaw
Agency Name
CA Department of Parks and Recreation
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
Parks and Recreation, Department of
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Emerald Bay, South Lake Tahoe
El Dorado
Northern California
State Highways
SR 89
Other Location Info
Emerald Bay State Park

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
1, 2, 4 & 5 (15301, 15302, 15304 & 15305)
Reasons for Exemption
Project consists of the repair, maintenance or minor alteration of existing private or public structures, facilities, involving negligible or no expansion of use beyond current levels; replacement or reconstruction of existing structures and facilities where the new structure will be located on the same site as the structure replaced and will have substantially the same purpose and capacity as the structure replaced; minor public or private alterations in the condition of land, water and/or vegetation which does not involve removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees except for forestry or agricultural purposes; and the minor alteration in land use limitations in areas with an average slope of less than 20%, which does not result in any changes in land use or density, and are included as “Utility repairs or minor upgrades” and “issuance of permits” in the Department of Parks and Recreation’s list of exempt activities in accordance with CCR § 15300.4.


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