USG PLASTER CITY QUARRY EXPANSION AND WELL NO. 3 PROJECT
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
The proposed project consists of approval of a Conditional Use Permit from the County for the development of a new production well, Well No. 3, and an associated pipeline to provide water to the USG Quarry.
Additional land use entitlements from the County are not needed for mining and reclamation activities under the Quarry expansion. However, because Well No. 3 and the associated pipeline would provide water to support Quarry operations, the Initial Study/Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (IS/SEIR) will evaluate potential environmental impacts associated with mining and reclamation activities under the Quarry expansion, for full disclosure and to provide the appropriate CEQA compliance analysis and mitigation for responsible agencies.
The IS/SEIR will also evaluate potential environmental impacts associated with the restoration of the Viking Ranch site and preservation of the Old Kane Springs Road site. USG identified the approximately 207-acre Viking Ranch site for restoration and the 121-acre Old Kane Spring Road site for preservation to provide compensatory mitigation for the impacts to 139 acres of water of the United States at the Quarry. Although the Viking Ranch restoration and Old Kane Spring Road preservation will not require entitlements from Imperial County, the IS/SEIR will evaluate the environmental impacts of these actions for full disclosure and to provide the appropriate CEQA compliance analysis and mitigation for responsible agencies.
Imperial County Planning and Development Services Department
The United States Gypsum (USG) Plaster City Quarry (included the expansion area) is located in Imperial County on USG-owned property (2,032 acres) and on active unpatented mill site claims on BLM-administered public lands (73 acres) (Assessor Parcel Numbers [APNs] 033-060-09; 033-070-01, -04, -05, -08, -10, -11, -17, and -23; 033-080-05; 033-090-11, -12, -13, -14, and -15). It is located within portions of Sections 19, 20, 28, 29, 30, 32, and 33 of Township 13 South, Range 09 East of the San Bernardino Meridian (SBM).
The proposed USG Quarry Well No. 3 is located in Imperial County on USG-owned property APN 033-020-009. It is located within Section 16 of Township 13 South, Range 09 East SBM.
The proposed pipeline alignment is located in Imperial County within USG-owned property (APNs 033-020-009; 033-060-010 and -008); land owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) (APNs 033-010-025 and -017; and 033-060-012); and within Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (APN 033-010-016). The pipeline crosses Sections 16, 17, 18, and 19 of Township 13 South, Range 09 East SBM.
The Viking Ranch restoration site is located in San Diego County and consists of approximately 150 acres of Borrego Water District-owned property (APNs 140-030-09-00 and -11-00); approximately 10 acres of privately owned property (APN 140-030-10-00); and approximately 47 acres of lands adjacent to these parcels that would be restored or enhanced. The adjacent lands consist of approximately 13 acres of land owned by the Anza-Borrego Foundation (APN 140-030-05-00), approximately 3 acres of State Park owned land to the north of the restoration site and approximately 31 acres of State Park owned lands to the east of the restoration site (APN 140-030-07-00). The restoration site is located in the southeast corner of Section 4 of Township 10 South, Range 06 East SBM.
The approximately 121-acre Old Kane Springs Road preservation site is located in San Diego County on privately-owned property (APN 253-150-34-00). The mitigation site is located in Section 18 of Township 12 South, Range 08 East SBM.
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State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 11 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Colorado River Basin Region 7 (RWQCB), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights, State Water Resources Control Board, Divison of Financial Assistance, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Inland Deserts Region 6 (CDFW)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Inland Deserts Region 6 (CDFW)
Water Facilities (Well and 3.5 mile water line)(Type Well, Water line, MGD 0.023), Mining (Mineral Gypsum), Other (Restoration)
Aesthetics, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Flood Plain/Flooding, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Mineral Resources, Noise, Solid Waste, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation
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