Routine Maintenance in Little Panoche Creek Downstream of Detention Dam


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Water Resources (DWR)
Document Title
Routine Maintenance in Little Panoche Creek Downstream of Detention Dam
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The project consists of routine maintenance in the creek; without maintenance, Dam failure could occur and the San Luis Canal and surrounding areas would be subject to material and economic damage. This project will manage water and sediment flow downstream of the Dam’s concrete spillway and outlet works. Annual maintenance will be conducted by DWR’s San Luis Field Division and will include removal of vegetation and sediment from the discharge structure, the creek, and the Dam face. This work will be conducted annually depending on the rate of vegetation growth and sediment deposition. See NOE for full details.

Contact Information

Irma Clevenger
Agency Name
Dept. of Water Resources San Luis Field Division
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Firebaugh, Los Banos
Fresno, Merced
Little Panoche Creek Detention Dam and Reservoir
Other Location Info
The project is located immediately downstream of the Little Panoche Creek Detention Dam and Reservoir. The project area is approximately 19.5 miles southwest of the City of Firebaugh and 18.5 miles south of the City of Los Banos (Universal Transverse Mercator coordinates 696777.54 meters east, 4073195.68 meters north in Zone 10S).

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301 (Existing Facilities)
Reasons for Exemption
Sediment and vegetation removal will occur in the existing discharge structure, the Dam face, and in portions of Little Panoche Creek to restore the facilities and portions of the creek to design capacities. The project will restore designed flow downstream of the Dam, which will protect its integrity. The project will not increase the designed capacities or use of the creek or facilities.


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