The People of the Canal


SCH Number
Public Agency
California State Coastal Conservancy (SCC)
Document Title
The People of the Canal
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Notice of Exemption for Coastal Conservancy approval of grant funding. Canal Arts will administer the project, with the City of San Rafael as the fiscal sponsor. Canal Arts will collect tribal and immigrant stories and develop and install signage along a two-mile stretch of Bay Trail south of the San Rafael Canal. Signange and solar-powered interpretive exhibits will be placed in chronological order to share a story about the past, present, and future communities and coastal landscape of San Rafael’s Canal area. The stories will provide a more complete history and also share about current residents’ relationship to the land and waters of the San Francisco Bay. On the signage, Canal Arts will work with community representatives, artists, and poets to include graphic designs and other forms of artistic expression and informational content. Stories will be written in English and Spanish, and potentially other languages, will be accessible for youth and adults, and the signage will include QR codes for audio, visual, and augmented reality (AR) experiences.

Contact Information

Shalini Kannan
Agency Name
California State Coastal Conservancy
Job Title
Project Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Rafael
San Francisco Bay Area
Other Location Info
Two mile stretch of San Francisco Bay Trail along the shoreline of San Rafael, south of the San Rafael Canal

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
CCR Section 15301, exempts operation, maintenance, and minor alterations of existing facilities or topographic features including pedestrian trails - this project will only make minor alterations to the existing Bay Trail.

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
CCR Section 15311, exempts construction, or placement of minor structures accessory to (appurtenant to) existing commercial, industrial, or institutional facilities including on-premises signs (Section 15311(a)). The interpretive exhibits that will be built under this project can be considered accessory structures.
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