Lost Hills Agricultural Pond


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Kern County
Document Title
Lost Hills Agricultural Pond
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
Fallow agricultural field / A (Exclusive Agriculture) / 8.1/2.5 (Intensive Agriculture - Flood Hazard)

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

Phone : (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
Aesthetic/Visual Agricultural Land Air Quality Archaeologic-Historic Biological Resources Drainage/Absorption Economics/Jobs Fiscal Impacts Flood Plain/Flooding Forest Land/Fire Hazard Geologic/Seismic Minerals Noise Population/Housing Balance Public Services Recreation/Parks Schools/Universities Septic System Sewer Capacity Soil Erosion/Compaction/Grading Solid Waste Toxic/Hazardous Traffic/Circulation Vegetation Water Quality Water Supply Wetland/Riparian Wildlife Growth Inducing Land Use Cumulative Effects
Reviewing Agencies
Air Resources Board, Major Industrial Projects California Department of Conservation California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 California Department of Parks and Recreation California Department of Transportation, District 6 California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning California Highway Patrol California Native American Heritage Commission California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Fresno Region 5 California State Lands Commission Department of Toxic Substances Control Resources Agency State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights Department of Water Resources

Disclaimer: The document was originally posted before CEQAnet had the capability to host attachments for the public. To obtain the original attachments for this document, please contact the lead agency at the contact information listed above. You may also contact the OPR via email at state.clearinghouse@opr.ca.gov or via phone at (916) 445-0613.

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