Emergency Dredging of Lower Dock Following Tropical Cyclone Hilary


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Document Title
Emergency Dredging of Lower Dock Following Tropical Cyclone Hilary
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The lower dock at Picacho State Recreation Area requires dredging following Tropical Cyclone Hilary. Following the storm, the resulting deposition of sediment in the channel has made the channel too shallow for boat access and left the dock inoperable. The lower dock is essential for park-wide emergency services and maintenance, as portions of the park are only accessible by boat. This project would restore function of the lower dock and channel by removing (dredging) sediment from the channel. Dredging will be completed by a long reach excavator up to a depth of six feet (6'). The channel is 30 feet wide an approximately 470 feet in length. Dredged material will be transported to the park's green waste area for drying and potential use in other projects. A list of best management practices incorporated into the project design can be obtained by reaching out to the contact below.

Contact Information

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


Southern California
Other Location Info
Lower dock at Picacho State Recreation Area
Other Information
Latitude 33.024545, Longitude -114.611081

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Declared Emergency
Type, Section or Code
Sec. 21080(b)(3); 15269(a)
Reasons for Exemption
The proposed action complies with CEQA because it is: statutorily exempt under Section 15269(a) of the CEQA Guidelines, following the Governor's Proclamation of a State Emergency dated on August 19, 2023. This project will restore access and use to a facility damaged by a declared disaster.


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