San Luis Field Division Fire Modernization Project - Gianelli Pumping Plant and Switchyard


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Water Resources, Department of (California Department of Water Resources)
Document Title
San Luis Field Division Fire Modernization Project - Gianelli Pumping Plant and Switchyard
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Project Applicant
Department of Water Resources

Document Description
DWR will install a new fire detection and alarm system, emergency lighting and exit signage, fire suppression systems, and upgrades to the HVAC systems at the GPP and Switchyard. DWR will install a pressure water mist system and fire hydrants, and upgrade the generator fire suppression system, safe egress paths, and transformer heat detection and deluge systems at the GPP. DWR will install a prefabricated building for a breakroom and add communications systems throughout the GPP. All equipment staging and work is within DWR right of way.

Contact Information
Sara Paiva-Lowry
Department of Water Resources
1416 9th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone : (916) 653-9342


Los Banos
Other Location Info
The Gianelli Pumping Plant (GPP), a hydroelectric plant, and the Gianelli Switchyard Building (Switchyard) are downstream of B.F. Sisk Dam. These are approximately 12.5 miles west of the City of Los Banos in Merced County.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
The State Water Project provides significant and important services to many Californians. This project is exempt because it involves safety improvement to existing facilities. This project will not result in impacts to special status species or habitat. Because this activity can be implemented without any significant environmental impacts, the Categorical Exemption Class 1 will be used for CEQA compliance.


Notice of Exemption
2020040098_NOE SLFD GianelliPPFireMod   PDF 469 K

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