Located in a citrus orchard, the project involves drilling 2 six inch bore holes sites B and C) between 60 and 100 feet in depth and excavating a test pit (site A) that is 20' x 20' and 40 feet in depth. The excavated earth from the pit will be placed adjacent to the pit in an area that is 100' x 100'. The project could also result in the removal of some of the trees. Total area impacted is 0.5 acres.
The proposed project is located outside of critical habitat for the federally-listed San Bernardino Kangaroo Rat (SBKR). A permitted SBKR biologist surveyed the orchard on June 17, 2005, but found no evidence of this species. Therefore, no significant impact is expected. The proposed work is exempt because its purpose is to gather geologic information on the feasibility of constructing a reservoir on the site.
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