California Aqueduct Reach 6 and Reach 7 Embankment Grading


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Water Resources (DWR)
Document Title
California Aqueduct Reach 6 and Reach 7 Embankment Grading
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
San Luis Field Division (SLFD) will grade six project sites on the California Aqueduct (Aqueduct). Project sites one and two are in Reach 6. Project site one extends from the right side (R) of milepost (MP) 145.32 to MP 145.90R, project site two is from the left side (L) of MP 149.59 to MP 151.73L. Project sites three through six are in Reach 7. Project site three extends from MP 155.80L to MP 157.50L, project site four is from MP 163.69R to 164.40R, project site five is from MP 167.78R to MP 168.80R, and project site six is from MP 172.25L to MP 172.60L. The length of the project sites, combined, is approximately 6.50 miles of Aqueduct right-of-way. SLFD will use a bulldozer to fill erosions and rodent burrows, grade soil to the original design slope, and compact soil between the Aqueduct access road, and the road on top of the embankment, if present, and the toe road. SLFD will then use a scraper to grade all unpaved roads and road shoulders in the project areas, including v-ditches. This project is necessary to maintain physical integrity of the Aqueduct, control surface water runoff, reduce fire hazards, and allow maintenance vehicle access to the Aqueduct. State Water Project Contractors will benefit.

Contact Information

Eleuterio Diaz
Agency Name
California Department of Water Resources
Job Title
Planner/Scheduler and Utility Craftsworker Supervisor
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Fresno, Kings
Southern California
California Aqueduct
Other Location Info
There are six sites associated with this project. The northernmost project site (project site one) is approximately 5.3 miles southwest of the unincorporated community of Califlax; the southernmost project site (project site six) is approximately 0.7 miles west of the unincorporated community of Kettleman City. Project sites one, two, and three are in Fresno County; project sites five and six are in Kings County. Project site four has portions in both Fresno and Kings Counties.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301 (Existing Facilities)
Reasons for Exemption
The project involves grading existing Aqueduct embankments and roads to the original design specifications. The project will not result in expansion of the use of the Aqueduct, the Aqueduct roads, or the embankments. Categorical Exemption 15301 (Existing Facilities) applies.


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