Corrections and Rehabilitation, Department of
(California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)
Brine Pond Removal
NOE - Notice of Exemption
CDCR will be decommissioning two brine ponds at the water treatment plant at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison (CVSP). The closure plan will follow Title 27 requirements and will be submitted to Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) for review and approval prior to implementation. The project includes removing and hauling accumulated waste and pond liners to a licensed waste disposal site. Soil will be imported to fill the depression left by the pond and the area re-graded to minimize soil erosion and collection of rain water. The site will be restored with native plants. CDCR will prepare and comply with a storm water pollution prevention plan. Besides the closure plan, CDCR will submit a work plan, testing plan, and a community health and safety plan to RWQCB for its approval.
The purpose of the project is to bring the water treatment plant into compliance with long-term brine management practices and with requirements of the RWQCB.
The project consists of a minor alteration of an existing water treatment facility in a developed, disturbed area of existing prison, where there are no sensitive resources, and involves no expansion of use or capacity. The project falls under the class or projects that the Secretary for Resources has found does not have a significant effect on the environment, and therefore is declared to be categorically exempt from the requirement for preparing an environmental document.