Growlersburg Conservation Camp Sewage Plant Retrofit


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
Document Title
Growlersburg Conservation Camp Sewage Plant Retrofit
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection proposes retrofit of an existing sewage treatment system at the Growlersburg Conservation Camp in order to increase its capacity and bring the system into compliance with state law. In order to accomplish this, the project proponent proposes to install a new lift station with grinder pumps upstream, but in very close proximity to the existing septic tank. Waste will then be diverted to a new wastewater treatment plant which will be placed on top of a concrete slab. Upon leaving the wastewater treatment plant the effluent will be chlorinated and sent to existing ponds for storage. When weather conditions permit this effluent shall be chlorinated again and pumped from the ponds to the two existing spray fields. Twenty-two additionaly sprinkler heads will be installed within the existing two spray field which will then be partitioned into two parts each by installing earth berms for a total of 4 spray fields. The overall spray field area will not change. The existing septic tank will remain on line, so that the sludge waste from the treatment plant may be pumped to this tank. In the event of a treatment plant failure, the camp waste may be diverted to a new above ground 8 foot high and 26 foot diameter, 30,000 gallon steel bolted tank where wastewater can be stored until the system is repaired and comes back on line at which time the waste in this tank will be processed through the treatment plant, then sent to the ponds. The new 30,000 gallon tank will be located below the ball field, at the end near where the treatment plant is shown. New piping is to be installed in new trenches that are to be dug approximately 30 inches deep and 24 inches wide. The new components of this project are the lift station, wastewater treatment plant and associated concrete slab, 30,000 gallon tank, 22 additional sprinkler heads, and piping that connects them.

Contact Information

Kelly Keenan
Agency Name
Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


El Dorado

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15302
Reasons for Exemption
Project involves minor ground disturbance and alteration of vegetation in the proposed project areas footprint. The activities do not result in the taking of endangered, rare, or threatened plant or animal species or significant erosion and sedimentation of surface waters. According to the Department of Fish and Game's Natural Diversity Database, there are no listed plant or animal species affected by the project. There will be no additional impact to historic or cultural resources due to the fact that this area has been previously disturbed.

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