MEU Unit Headquarters - Water Delivery System Replacement


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
Document Title
MEU Unit Headquarters - Water Delivery System Replacement
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption

Document Description
Replacement of the water delivery system for CAL FIRE's Mendocino Unit (MEU) Headquarters, a compound also known as Howard Forest, to provide clean, safe drinking water to personnel and to provide water for fire suppression. This project includes installing new water distribution lines, a booster pump, backflow prevention, a new 64,000-gallon storage tank, new fire hydrants, and one or possibly two generators as emergency power backup. The new main waterline will primarily follow the existing asphalted roadways and the secondary lines will be connected to existing building service lines. Pre-existing buried transite pipes and storage tanks not in use as part of this replacement delivery system will be abandoned in place.

Contact Information
Jeanette Pedersen
CAL FIRE MEU Unit Headquarters
Lead/Public Agency
17501 North Highway 101
Willits, CA 95490

Phone : (707) 459-7452



Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15302
Reasons for Exemption
The project fits within a Class 2 Categorical Exemption to CEQA. Environmental review conducted by CAL FIRE confirmed that no Exceptions exist at the project site which would preclude use of a Categorical Exemption pursuant to the CEQA Guidelines (14 CCR §15300.2). This project involves minor ground disturbance in the form of trenching and minor tree removal/grading for a pad to accommodate the water storage tank. The project area is within a highly disturbed context. The majority of the project will follow an existing, asphalted road system. A seasonally appropriate botanical survey was conducted by a CA Dept. of Fish and Game botanist with assistance by the CAL FIRE Environmental Coordinator and a CA Natural Diversity Database query was also accomplished for this project and the proposed activity will not result in the taking of a rare, threatened, or endangered plant or animal species. An archaeological survey was accomplished by a CAL FIRE archaeologist for this project proposal and he prepared an archaeological report. Given the project's scope, no significant adverse impacts to archaeological or historical resources are anticipated during project implementation. Additional documentation supporting the environmental review completed for this project is on file at CAL FIRE's MEU Headquarters in Willits.

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