Varner Harbor Leaning Light Post Repairs


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Document Title
Varner Harbor Leaning Light Post Repairs
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The purpose of this project is to secure a historical light post that is leaning and currently poses a safety risk. Heavy equipment will be used to hold the pole in place so it can be unbolted and removed. The total visible length of the pole is approximately 30’ tall and the current concrete support is approximately 16” round x 6’ long. The existing base will be demolished using heavy equipment, such as a backhoe. The heavy equipment would then be used to excavate a 5’ diameter x 5’ deep hole around the post. A building form tube would be placed in the ground to approximately 3’ depth, then surrounded by mesh wire. The area outside of the tube would be backfilled with spoils. Once the surrounding area is backfilled, concrete would be poured around the tube and 7/8” x 12’ all-thread anchor bolts would be installed in the concrete base to support the pole. The pole would be re-installed and bolted on the new foundation. Remaining spoils would be scattered around the project vicinity, with approval from the District Archaeologist. Measures to be implemented to avoid impact may be obtained from the contact below.

Contact Information

Sara Lockett
Agency Name
California State Parks, Ocotillo Wells District
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Other Information
Varner Harbor, located near the Salton Sea State Recreation Area visitor center in Mecca, CA.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 1, Section 15301
Reasons for Exemption
No potential for significant impact to the environment is anticipated in compliance with CEQA §15300.4. If the project is implemented as indicated within the CDPR Project Evaluation Form, then it is exempt under CEQA §15301 – Existing Facilities.. The action falls under the Departmental List of Exempt activities according to CEQA §15300.4 as: building (non-historical) or fence repairs (Class 1, §15301).


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