Vail Dam Seismic and Hydrologic Remediation Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Rancho California Water District
Document Title
Vail Dam Seismic and Hydrologic Remediation Project
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation
Present Land Use
The Project site land use designations are: Rural Residential, Open Space Rural, and Water. The Project site is zoned within the Rancho California zoning region, and is zoned as Rural Residential.

Document Description
Rancho California Water District proposes the Vail Dam Seismic and Hydrologic Remediation Project (Proposed Project) in order to remediate seismic and hydrologic hazards associated with the existing Vail Dam. The Proposed Project includes construction of a straight-axis concrete gravity dam structure immediately downstream of the existing arch dam and partial demolition of the existing dam. In addition, the Project site includes improvements to support construction and operation of the new dam. This would include improvements to access roads, provision for construction staging and material disposal areas, and partial demolition of the existing dam.

Contact Information
Jake Wiley
Rancho California Water District
Lead/Public Agency
42135 Winchester Road
Temecula, CA 92590

Phone : (951) 296-6900

Rancho California Water District
Project Applicant


33°29'27"N 116°58'8.1"W
Cross Streets
Pauba Road and De Portola Road
Total Acres
State Highways
Vail Lake

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Other (Dam Demolition and New Dam Construction)
Local Action
Project Approval
Project Issues
Aesthetics Agriculture and Forestry Resources Air Quality Biological Resources Cultural Resources Cumulative Effects Drainage/Absorption Flood Plain/Flooding Geology/Soils Growth Inducement Hazards & Hazardous Materials Hydrology/Water Quality Land Use/Planning Mineral Resources Noise Population/Housing Public Services Recreation Schools/Universities Septic System Sewer Capacity Solid Waste Transportation Vegetation Wetland/Riparian Wildfire
Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB) California Department of Conservation (DOC) California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Inland Deserts Region 6 (CDFW) California Department of Parks and Recreation California Department of Transportation, District 8 (DOT) California Department of Water Resources (DWR) California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES) California Natural Resources Agency California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Diego Region 9 (RWQCB) California State Lands Commission (SLC) Office of Historic Preservation State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights State Water Resources Control Board, Divison of Financial Assistance California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)


Environmental Document
Notice of Preparation   PDF 817 K Summary Form   PDF 191 K Vail Dam Initial Study June 2020   PDF 13549 K
Notice of Completion   PDF 1108 K Notice of Completion - Attachment   PDF 73 K
State Comments
2020069048_NAHC Comment   PDF 369 K

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