Main St at Dutch Bill Emergency NOE


SCH Number
Public Agency
Sonoma County
Document Title
Main St at Dutch Bill Emergency NOE
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Sonoma County Department of Public Infrastructure- Roads Division proposes a maintenance project that will entail a structural repair of the Main Street Bridge over Dutch Bill Creek in the community of Monte Rio. Severe winter storms struck California beginning in late February 2023, bringing damaging winds and historic precipitation. These storms prompted the State’s Governor to issue a Proclamation of a State of Emergency for 13 California Counties, including Sonoma County on March 1st, 2023.

Contact Information

Jackson Ford
Agency Name
Permit Sonoma
Job Title
Senior Environmental Specialist
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Monte Rio
Cross Streets
Main Street, Bohemian Highway
Total Acres
Parcel #
N/A County Right of Way
State Highways
Hwy 116
Dutch Bill Creek
Other Information
Public Right of Way

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Categorical Exemptions Section 15301(a) for Existing Facilities, Statutory Exemption 15269(a), maintaining facilities
Reasons for Exemption
This activity/project is intended and necessary to protect the health and safety of the public through the construction of a new bridge pier and footing due to severe damage caused by catastrophic floodwater flows during winter of 2023. Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations (CCR), section 15269, sets forth emergency projects that are exempt from the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors (Board) proclaimed a Local Emergency due to Winter Storms and Flooding on February 23, 2023. Next, California Governor Gavin Newson proclaimed a State of Emergency on March 1, 2023, which included Sonoma County. President Joseph Biden declared an emergency for the State of California on March 10, 2023, for the California counties consistent with Governor Newsom's proclamations. Lastly, As noted above, the President, Governor, and Board of Supervisors all declared emergencies due to the severe damage caused by catastrophic flooding. The construction of the new replacement bridge footing and pier fall within the scope of CCR sections 15269 (a) and (c) as they are specific actions necessary to preventor mitigate an emergency. As such the activity/project is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to Public Resources Code §21080(b)(2), regarding emergency repairs to public service facilities necessary to maintain service, §21080(b)(3) regarding projects to maintain, repair, restore, or replace property or facilities damaged or destroyed as a result of a declared disaster and §21080(b)(4) regarding actions to prevent or mitigate an emergency. The proposed project is statutorily exempt of the CEQA Guidelines under section §15269(a), regarding maintaining, repairing, restoring, demolishing, or replacing property or facilities damaged or destroyed as a result of a disaster stricken area in which a state of emergency has been proclaimed by the Governor pursuant to the California Emergency Services Act, commencing with §8550 of the Government Code. The proposed project is categorically exempt of the CEQA
County Clerk


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