Waterkeeper Earth Day Clean-Up (Notification of Lake or Streambed Alteration, No. EPIMS-LAN- 49497-R5)


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Transportation, District 5 (DOT)
Document Title
Waterkeeper Earth Day Clean-Up (Notification of Lake or Streambed Alteration, No. EPIMS-LAN- 49497-R5)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has executed Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreement EPIMS Notification No. EPIMS-LAN-49497-R5, pursuant to Section 1602 of the Fish and Game Code to Los Angeles Waterkeeper. The Project is limited to the cleanup and removal of trash and debris from North Atwater Park and nearby Los Angeles River. Volunteers assisting Los Angeles Waterkeeper will implement the cleanup efforts, and all trash and debris removal will only be done by hand. The cleanup event will take place on April 20, 2024. Volunteers are given safety instructions that include approved areas to access, biological resource protection, instructions on work to be done, and instructions on how to properly dispose of hazardous material. It is anticipated that the cleanup effort will last approximately two (2) hours; however, if the site is in need of extra stewardship, cleanup efforts may persist for up to six (6) hours. This Agreement does not authorize the removal of any vegetation, nor does it authorize the use of mechanical equipment within the Los Angeles River. Before the cleanup efforts begin at a site, a Qualified Biologist shall talk to the participants and cover any and all environmental concerns with an emphasis on avoiding nesting birds.

Contact Information

Andrew Aitken
Agency Name
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region
Job Title
Environmental Scientist
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Southern California
Cross Streets
See below "Other Location Info."
Other Location Info
The Los Angeles Waterkeeper Earth Day Cleanup (Project) is located at North Atwater Park in Los Angeles California. This includes 3900 Chevy Chase Drive and the nearby area along the Los Angeles River.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Type – Class 33D4; California Code of Regulations, title 14, section (15333)
Reasons for Exemption
Class 33D4 Exemption applies to projects that restore or enhance habitat that are carried out principally with hand labor and not mechanized equipment. This project involves a non-profit allowing volunteers to pick up trash by hand to enhance the habitat in the area surrounding the LA River in Los Angeles CA. The project duration is approximately 2-4 hours on April 20, 2024.
County Clerk
Los Angeles


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