Reasons for Exemption
The State CEQA Guidelines provide a series of categorical exemptions for· projects that have been deemed to have minimal impacts on the environment. The proposed cleaning and relining of the pipeline and rehabilitation of the manholes in this segment of the NRW system have been determined to have no potential to cause significant adverse effects on the environment and will ensure that collection and transport of the non-reclaimable water in the project area can continue to operate in an efficient and safe manner. Categorical Exemption Class 1 exempts "the operation, repair. maintenance. permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment involving negligible or no expansion of use beyond that existing at the time of the lead agency's determination. (b) Existing facilities of both investor and publicly owned utilities used to provide electric power, natural gas, sewerage, or other public utility services: The exceptions to the issuance of categorical exemptions have been evaluated for the proposed project. The proposed NRW Pipeline Relining along Cucamonga Creek; Project No. EN19027 have been determined not to have a potential to cause significant adverse environmental effects as a result of any of the exceptions. Therefore. this proposed action is not forecast to cause any potential for significant adverse environmental impacts and qualifies with the requirements for Class 1 Exemption.