2024 SJFD Annual Herbicide Program


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Water Resources (DWR)
Document Title
2024 SJFD Annual Herbicide Program
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The SJFD herbicide program is an annual maintenance activity that the field division uses to control the growth of unwanted vegetation within the field division. To accomplish this, pre-emergent herbicide is sprayed along both sides of the California aqueduct access roads, and around structures and buildings. This is accomplished using a spray rig mounted onto a pickup. In total, it takes around 3 months to spray the entire field division. Spot treatments are periodically sprayed, as needed, throughout the year. Plant debris (mainly tumbleweed) is removed and burned. Plant debris is removed using a back-hoe and is loaded onto a dump truck. The dump truck transports the debris to one of the various burn sites located throughout the SJFD. The amount of plant debris removed and burned varies depending on the time of the year. The SJFD herbicide program is critical in meeting aqueduct visibility, accessibility, and drainage requirements, as well as to protect the structural integrity of aqueduct embankments and structures.

Contact Information

Elizabeth Maldonado
Agency Name
Department of Water Resources, San Joaquin Field Division
Job Title
Environmental Scientist
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Bakersfield, Lost Hills, Kettleman City, Shandon
Kern, Kings, San Luis Obispo
Other Location Info
This project takes place within the SJFD. The field division's office is located at 4201 S Sabodan St, Bakersfield, CA 93313 (35°01'10.1"N 118°58'37.9"W). Herbicide will mainly be sprayed along aqueduct access roads. Aqueduct access roads run from MP 172.58 to 293.45 of the State Water Project (SWP) and MP 0.0 to 17.84 of the Coastal Branch.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301 (b)
Reasons for Exemption
This project consists of maintenance activities that support the function of the California Aqueduct and water delivery within the State Water Project.


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