Van Damme State Park Geotechnical Exploration Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Document Title
Van Damme State Park Geotechnical Exploration Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Conduct geotechnical investigations in the location of a new proposed bridge over the Little River in Van Damme State Park to identify soil conditions and help guide future construction of the proposed bridge. Prior to commencement of drilling, plastic sheeting and straw wattles will be placed to contain cutting and fluid from entering Little River. Work will utilize a truck-mounted drill, equipped with 4-inch to 6-inch solid flight or hollow-stem augers to drill to groundwater depth and then change to mud rotary to drill two (2) exploratory borings (1 per site) up to 75 feet deep in the vicinity of the proposed bridge abutments. If bedrock is encountered, rock coring will be performed in a similar manner as mud rotary drilling methods. Solid auger cuttings will be contained in 55-gallon drums either during or immediately after drilling activities and mud rotary fluids and cuttings will be contained within a mud tank during drilling operations. After drilling completion, cuttings and drilling fluids will be pumped into 55-gallon drums for removal and disposal off-site. Boring holes will be back filled and capped.

Contact Information

Joel Bonilla
Agency Name
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Job Title
California State Parks
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Cross Streets
8001 CA-1, Little River, CA 95456
Other Information
The project is located at within Van Damme State Park.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 4 & 6, Section 15304 & 15306
Reasons for Exemption
Project consists of the minor public or private alterations in the condition of land and/or vegetation which do not include the removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees, and consists of basic data collection, research and resource evaluation activities which do not result in a serious or major disturbance to an environmental resource, and is included as "soils and structural engineering tests" in the Department of Parks and Recreation's list of exempt activities in accordance with CCR §15300.4.


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