Drought Response Outreach Project (DROPS) Project Rain Gardens at Alice Birney Elemenatry School


SCH Number
Public Agency
Eureka City Schools
Document Title
Drought Response Outreach Project (DROPS) Project Rain Gardens at Alice Birney Elemenatry School
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The campus is in an urbanized area with existing buildings, paving and landscape areas, including playing fields. The project proposes to landscape existing/in-construction LID features, and install two new Low Impact Development features. These LID features will receive, treat, detain and store stormwater runoff from the drainage areas indicated. BMPs 2.1-2.7 are graded rain gardens and swales in a parking lot. This project will include provision of vegetation for them. The current site for BMP 3 is an asphalt courtyard against a gently sloping lawn. BMP 3 consists of a series of tree wells connected by a grate-covered channel. These tree wells will receive stormwater from a storm drain that carries surface runoff and a small amount of drainage from a sump pump. There will be minor regarding of an adjacent slope, pavement removal and modifications of the storm drain system to accomodate these improvements. Trees and groundcover will be planted in the tree wells and along the slope. This BMP is estimated tp be approximately 213 square feet in size, and treats runoff from 11,084 square feet.

Contact Information

Fred Van Vleck
Agency Name
Eureka City Schools
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
S: 15301,15304
Reasons for Exemption
The Drought Response Outreach Project is funded by the State Water Resources Control Board and involves some minor alterations to the land to achieve water quality, water supply and runoff mitigation benefits. The project is exempt under Article 19, Section 15304 Minor Alterations of Land. This exemption allows for gardening, landscaping, trenching, etc., as long as it isn't in existing wetlands or on an Alquist-priolo Earthquake Fault Zone or within an official Seismic Hazard Zone. The BMP locations do not exist within an Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zone. However, Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zone designations exist for "prohibiting the siting of most structures for human occupancy across traces of active faults". Existing Facilities allows for minor alterations of topography and facilities, and includes maintenance activities.

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