Owens Lake Tillage with Best Available Control Measure Backup Habitat Enhancement


SCH Number
Public Agency
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Document Title
Owens Lake Tillage with Best Available Control Measure Backup Habitat Enhancement
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
LADWP proposes to implement the Tillage with Best Available Control Measure Backup (TwB2) Habitat Enhancement to resolve issues impacting LADWP’s ability to meet habitat maintenance commitments for Dust Control Areas (DCAs) T16 and T2-2 in Owens Lake. In recent years, the habitat value of these DCAs are below required levels for target wildlife guilds according to the Habitat Suitability Model (HSM) associated with Lake Alteration Agreement Notification No. 1600-2014-0155-R6. Therefore, LADWP proposes to grade T2-2 to improve the ability to fill to the ideal water depth described in the HSM, and to construct operational improvements in T16 to lower salinity levels (see enclosure). Minor improvements to existing roads are proposed to enable construction equipment access. An archaeologist and a tribal monitor will be present to monitor ground-disturbing activities.

Contact Information

Jane Hauptman
Agency Name
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Job Title
Environmental Specialist
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant / Parties Undertaking Project


Northern California
Other Location Info
Owens Lake

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 1 under CEQA Guidelines 15301
Reasons for Exemption
Under CEQA Guidelines Section 15301, Class 1 consists of the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features, involving negligible or no expansion of existing or former use. The habitat enhancement proposed is maintenance/minor alteration of existing topographical features with no expansion of use.
County Clerk


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