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Some activities in waters of the state are exempt from permit requirements of the Removal-Fill Law. Unless otherwise stated, the exemptions do not apply to State Scenic Waterways.
Some exemptions are based on the legislature’s recognition that certain activities are already regulated by another agency. Most exemptions relate to fill and removal activities that impacted waters of the state long before the Removal-Fill Law was enacted. Allowing maintenance or reconstruction in these situations doesn’t result in significant new impacts.
Exempt activities include:
  • State Forest Management Practices
  • Fills for Construction, Operation and Maintenance of Certain Dams and Water Diversion Structures
  • Navigational Servitude (Maintenance of the Navigational Channel)
  • Maintenance or Reconstruction of Water Control Structures 
  • Maintenance or Emergency Reconstruction of Roads and Transportation Structures
  • Prospecting and Non-Motorized Activities within Essential Salmon Habitat and State Scenic Waterways 
  • Fish Passage and Fish Screening Structures in Essential Indigenous Anadromous Salmonid Habitat (ESH)
  • Certain Voluntary Habitat Restoration Activities
  • Agricultural Exemptions
  • Special Situations: Railroads, Tribal Lands and Environmental Remedial Actions
Removal-Fill Guide: Chapter 3 – What Activities are Exempt?

Removal-Fill Guide​