Improved Walking Path


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW)
Document Title
Improved Walking Path
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The proposed project will include the redesign and resurfacing of the existing Reserve ADA walkway from the visitor center to the viewing platform and the return path along with replacement of the existing viewing platform with the goal of improved safety and equitable access. These improvements will create a more equitable and efficient experience for Reserve visitors and move the Reserve towards meeting its management goal of increasing awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the Elkhorn Slough Reserve. A rebuilt pathway will improve access for visitors with mobility challenges from the Visitor Center to and including the viewing deck. The Reserve has seen increased visitation by a diversity of audiences; a redesigned and rebuilt pathway and viewing deck will provide access to all the Reserve visitors regardless of their abilities and ensure equity to everyone. The current pathway is crumbling on the edges and presents safety and access hurdles for all Reserve guests. Likewise, the viewing deck has begun to collapse in many areas presenting safety concerns. The proposed construction site is well out of the 100-year flood zone and is not located in a watershed floodway. The construction area has already been disturbed by existing infrastructure. Every effort will be made to source materials that conserve and protect water resources and optimize energy performance. Construction methods will be low impact and will incorporate sustainable building practices.

Contact Information

Dave Feliz
Agency Name
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 4
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Cross Streets
1700 Elkhorn Road
Other Information
Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Public Resources Code, section 21083. California Code of Regulations, Title 14, section 15301
Reasons for Exemption
The project is exempt as it is a repair of existing infrastructure. The project site consists of existing asphalt and gravel pathways and a dilapidated viewing deck, both of which are in current use. These are high visitor and staff vehicle use areas. There are no known sensitive species within the project footprint. Demolition and construction will begin in March 2021.


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