The project under consideration is the construction of a water distribution pipeline out of the Grass Valley Basin to the Bernina Water Treatment Plant. Currently existing ground water well production and imported water from CLAWA are introduced directly into the water distribution system. At certain times of the year, these waters are high in minerals content and have caused consumer complaints. The blending pipeline will allow the waters to be introduced into the Bernina Water Treatment plant where they will be blended with waters from Lake Arrowhead and delivered to the distribution system.
This project is statutorily exempt under California Public Resources Code Section 21080.21, which states in part:
"This division does not apply to any project of less than one mile in length within a public street or highway or any other right-of-way" This project will be within public streets and less than one mile in length.