Donner Lagoon Restoration and Visitor Access Improvement Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Document Title
Donner Lagoon Restoration and Visitor Access Improvement Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Restore ~1.5 acres of the Donner Lagoon Day Use Area at Donner Memorial State Park to protect hydrologic function, stabilize a portion of the streambank, restore scarce riparian/wetland habitat, provide resource protection, and improve visitor facilities and access. Work will: • Use heavy equipment to excavate up to 6in. deep to install vegetated toewalls and/or gabions to stabilize undercut trees along the streambank; • Manually install up to four (4) 50ft x 3ft cable ladders at various locations; • Install up to 1,050ft. of strand cable fencing (pound posts to install, no excavation); • Excavate up to 20, 10in. dia. by 12in. deep holes to install up to 100ft. of split rail fence; • Excavate 16, 12in. dia. by 24in. deep holes to install up to four (4) new ramada shade structures to encourage picnicking activities above the floodplain and out of the sensitive streambank areas; • To install an approximately 50ft. x 20ft. area of articulated concrete mats/turf stone: o Excavate up to 6in. (where needed) to reduce slope angle (store/reuse excavated material for regrade); o Import up to 4in. of base rock and sand to set mats/stones; and o Frame the mats/stones with 12-18in. of rock or concrete and fill the interior with native plants and/or grasses. • For revegetation of the area (excavation widths and depths will be determined by plant size) work will: o Plant approx. 20 large diameter (4-8ft.) native trees to provide long-term shade; o Plant approx. 100 native grasses and plants, in clusters between the new shade structures; and o Manually seed and plant approx. 200 plants (nursery stock or local transplants) on the streambanks. • Remove 10 to 15 wooden picnic tables and replace, kind for kind, with concrete picnic tables; and • Restripe the existing paved parking area to convert 1 or 2 existing standard parking spots to 15-minute kayak/SUP loading zone spots.

Contact Information

Silver Hartman
Agency Name
Department of Parks and Recreation
Job Title
Environmental Coordinator
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant


Nevada, Placer
Northern California
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
HWY 80
Union Pacific
Truckee High School
Donner Lake
17 N
16 E

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
1, 2, 3 & 4
Reasons for Exemption
Project consists of the repair, maintenance or minor alteration of existing public or private structures or facilities, involving negligible or no expansion of use beyond current levels; replacement or reconstruction of existing structures and facilities where the new structure will be located on the same site as the structure replaced and have substantially the same purpose and capacity as the structure replaced; construction and location of limited numbers of new, small facilities or structures; and the minor public alterations in the condition of land and vegetation that does not involve removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees and is included as ”Streambed restoration,” “Landscape plant replacement,” “interpretive signing or panels,” “fencing” and "Resource management projects" in the Department of Parks and Recreation's list of exempt activities, in accordance with CCR § 15300.4.
County Clerk


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