Lost Hills Agricultural Pond


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Kern County
Document Title
Lost Hills Agricultural Pond
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration

Document Description
A conditional use permit for a 30-acre surface mining operation and development of a reclamation plan in accordance with the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA) of 1975. The project is for the construction of a 15-acre agricultural pond where the excavated material will be utilized in direct support of a California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) project for the widening of State Highway 46. An additional 15 acres is anticipated to be disturbed for staging and movement of vehicles. Access to the sire is from Ashurst Road. The project will entail the excavation and removal of 323,895 cubic yards of clay and dirt to a maximum depth of 20 feet below natural grade. Mining will be conducted in an open, graded pit with sloping sidewalls at a steepness no greater than 2:1 (horizontal: vertical). It is anticipated that the project will be constructed over a maximum 30 month timeline to include approximately 80 working days (60 days of excavation, and 20 days for hauling of soil and ancillary activities) for the CalTrans project. The remaining time is allocated for construction of the agricultural pond and reclamation activities. Surface mining operations will be conducted between the hours of 6:00 am and 6:00 pm. Monday through Friday with no nighttime operations being proposed. During the 80 working days, the project will generate a maximum of 20 employees will be on-site at any one time. No fuel total of 900 average daily trips (ADT) for haul trucks. It is anticipated that a maximum of 20 employees will be on-site at any one time. No fuel will be stored on-site. Sewage requirements will be met by use of portable toilets which will be serviced by a private contractor. The project proponent has secured a will-serve letter to obtain water from Blackwell Land, LLC for use in dust control measures during mining operations.

Contact Information
Randall Cates
Kern County Planning and Community Development Department
2700 M Street, Suite 100
Bakersfield, CA 93301-2323

(661) 862-8612


35°40'9"N 120°4'26"W
Cross Streets
North side of State Highway 46, approximately 25 miles west of Lost Hills
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
Hwy 46
Franciscan Creek
Other Location Info
City/Nearest Community: Lost Hills
Other Information
Continue Total Acres: operation within a 33.60-acre site

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Mining (Clay & Dirt Mineral)
Local Action
Use Permit
Project Issues
Cumulative Effects Landuse Growth Inducing Wildlife Wetland/Riparian Water Supply Water Quality Vegetation Traffic/Circulation Toxic/Hazardous Solid Waste Soil Erosion/Compaction/Grading Sewer Capacity Septic System Schools/Universities Recreation/Parks Public Services Population/Housing Balance Noise Minerals Geologic/Seismic Forest Land/Fire Hazard Flood Plain/Flooding Fiscal Impacts Economics/Jobs Drainage/Absorption Biological Resources Archaeologic-Historic Air Quality Agricultural Land Aesthetic/Visual
Reviewing Agencies
Department of Water Resources Air Resources Board, Major Industrial Projects California Department of Parks and Recreation California Highway Patrol Caltrans, District 6 Caltrans, Division of Transportation Planning Department of Conservation Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 4 Department of Toxic Substances Control Native American Heritage Commission Regional Water Quality Control Bd., Region 5 (Fresno) Resources Agency State Lands Commission State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights
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