The City has applied for a planning grant through the State Water Resources Control Board to conduct some investigative work on PCE within the City. The grant will provide funding several phases of subsurface site assessments. Each phase includes the penetration of the ground surface with small holes ranging from 1 /2 to 8..;inches in diameter, depending on technique: passive, active soil gas, direct push or borings. Borings will be drilled to install long term monitoring wells. All ground penetrations will be located in areas ranging from public right of ways (i.e. city streets and curb lines), landscaping areas, and parking areas, or as needed on private property with the agreement of the land owner. All locations will be pre-approved t>y the City and the Regional Water Quality Control Board. The monitoring wells could be in place for the fife of the project which is anticipated to be 20 years.
As allowed by Section 15306, basic data collection, research, experimental management, and resource evaluation activities which do not result in a serious or major disturbance to an environmental resource are exempt from CEQA. These activities may be strictly for information gathering purposes, or as part of a study leading to an action which a public agency has not yet approved, adopted or funded.