Regional Water Quality Control Board, Region 5 (Central Valley), Sacramento
El Capitan Meadow Restoration Project
NOE - Notice of Exemption
The District plans to install solar energy panels atop 21 canopies on existing parking lots on the west side of the campus. The installation would require removal of some light poles and ornamental trees within those parking areas. Approx. 820 feet of wiring would be installed in trenches a The project is a two-year effort to improve meadow ecology, guide visitor use, and improve visitors experience at El Capitan Meadow in Yosemite Valley. The first stage of the project will direct visitors exiting vehicles from Northside Dr. to one of four hardened viewing areas. Park staff will construct a linear pathway immediately adjacent to the road, within the road prism and road fill, for about 2000 feet along the northern meadow edge. The trail will open to the viewing areas. In addition, park staff will fill constructed drainage ditches with native soil to return high water table levels to the meadow and boorings to connect the arrays to a utility meter in the east-central part of the campus. The capacity of the system would be about 950 kW AC.
No increases in enrollment, capacity or intensity of uses are proposed as part of this project. The project would be installed per Division of the State Architect (DSA) approved design specifications. The project would be executed per appropriate and current District standards, guidelines and construction Best Management Practices (BMPs). The new solar structures would serve as campus improvements, and a such, the beneficiaries of the project include the schools student, faculty, staff and taxpayer/members of the community.