James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve - Cyberinfrastructure Upgrade

Summary

SCH Number
2010078169
Lead Agency
University of California, Riverside
Document Title
James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve - Cyberinfrastructure Upgrade
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received

Document Description
The University of California, Natural Reserve System's James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve, located north of Idyllwild, California, is proposing to renovated the Reserve cyberinfrastructure by installing state-of-the-art mesh network radios at two indoor sites , five existing towers, and five new eight-foot tall poles located on the Reserve to provide key points of communication to all of the research projects. The exterior mesh radios will be solar powered to increase coverage to areas that have high researcher value but are difficult to network due to vegetation coverage. The Reserve will renovate the connections to an existing 80 foot Flux tower, located in a canyon outside Reserve boundaries by providing a four-foot repeater base, to assist with the analysis of spatial coherence between observed carbon, latent heat, and sensible heat fluxes across the global network of towers. Replacing the point-to-point radios to this tower will eliminate access difficulties during months when road access to the tower is very difficult due to snow accumulation.

Contact Information
Tricia D. Trasher
University of California, Riverside
Office of Design and Construction 3615 Canyon Crest Drive
Riverside, CA 92521-0116

(951) 827-1484

Location

Counties
Riverside
Other Location Info
City: Idyllwild

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class: 1,3 Sec: 15301,15303
Reasons for Exemption
The project is exempt under Class 1, Existing Facilities as it is a minor alterations to an existing communication network, using existing towers and indoor sites with negligible or not expansion in use under Class 2, New Construction of Small Structures as the remaining portion of the projects includes installation new equipment consisting of fice 8-foot poles and a small repeater station to an existing tower location.
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