Picacho SRA Lower Dock and Entrance Post-Storm Repairs


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Document Title
Picacho SRA Lower Dock and Entrance Post-Storm Repairs
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
On or around August 20, 2022, a monsoonal storm damaged portions of Picacho SRA, particularly near the park entrance and lower dock. This project will take actions to reestablish the park entrance trails, restore use of critical public safety infrastructure at the lower dock, and protect potable water supplies at the unit. The project consists of several elements: 1) the channel of the lower dock needs to be dredged and a portion of the channel siding needs replaced as it has bowed, 2) adding fill and compacting areas around the lower dock that were eroded by the storm, 3) repairing an earthen berm that protects the park's water well and potable water supply, 4) adding a new minor diversion berm to further protect the park's water well, and 5) regrading established trail corridors (i.e., park entrance, trails, and access roads to housing units) that were washed out or damaged by storm flow.

Contact Information

Sara Lockett
Agency Name
California State Parks, Ocotillo Wells District
Job Title
Senior Environmental Scientist
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Southern California
Cross Streets
Picacho Road, Winterhaven, CA 92283
Other Location Info
Picacho State Recreation Area

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Emergency Project
Type, Section or Code
Sec. 21080(b)(4); 15269(b)(c)
Reasons for Exemption
The proposed action complies with CEQA because it is statutorily exempt under Section 15269(b) of the CEQA Guidelines, as it is due to repairs to publicly owned service facilities necessary to maintain service essential to the public health, safety, or welfare. Due to the park's remote location and limited local emergency services, the lower dock is essential for emergency services access and response, as well as preventative public safety measures from State Parks. Additionally, critical infrastructure, including this portion of the park's only potable water supply, was jeopardized by the storm and work is needed to protect these facilities from future storms and repair damage.


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