The project is the retrofitting of an existing school site with water quality treatment and erosion control facilities as required on all developed sites within the Lake Tahoe basin. The school was constructed in 1970 before current water quality Best management Practices (BMP's) were required. The proposed project will restore and improve existing drainage facilities (conveyances, infiltration and detention areas) and provide necessary new facilities to meet the erosion control and water quality protection requirements of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) and CA Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board. The project also includes a new asphalt overlay on the 21,440 SF parking area which is currently in very poor condition. Construction will include all temporary Best Management Practices (BMPs) required for water quality protection in the Tahoe Basin during construction. Beneficiaries will be site users and downstream water quality.
The proposed project is a "restoration of deteriorated or damaged structures, facilities, or mechanical equipment to meet current standards of public health and safety" consistent with the description of exempt activities provided in Sec. 15301(d). Eligibility for a Class 1 Exemption is contingent upon the proposed project involving "negligible or no expansion of an existing use." The proposed project is consistent with this standard and the rehabilitated facilities are expected to have no significant environmental or cumulative impacts which would invalidate eligibility for an exemption per Sec. 15301 of the CEQA Guidelines.