Frazier Park Test-Well Program

Summary

SCH Number
2020100353
Lead Agency
Frazier Park Public Utility District
Document Title
Frazier Park Test-Well Program
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
10/20/2020

Document Description
The Frazier Park Public Utilities District (District) will consider approval of installing three test wells in a search for additional water sources within its service area. Each test well will be drilled into the local aquifer to evaluate the volume of groundwater that can be produced: to evaluate the quality of the water and its ability to serve as a potable water resource: and to assess any impacts on the aquifer and other nearby wells if they exist. The District will use the information to determine which location(s). if any, can be converted to serve as a potable water production well to augment future District water supply.

Contact Information
Jonnie Allison
Frazier Park Public Utility District
4020 Park Drive (PO Box 1525)
Frazier Park, CA 93225

Phone : (661) 331-2995

Location

Counties
Kern
Regions
Unincorporated
Other Location Info
Community of Frazier Park in unincorporated territory of Kern County

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
(Sections 21080(b)(9); 21084; 15304 and 15306)
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 Frazier Park Test-Well Program has been determined to have no potential to cause significant adverse effects on the environment and will provide the District with information that will allow it to develop a potable water production Well to ensure that an adequate water supply is available to meet the future needs of its water supply without significant adverse impact on the environment. Two exemptions have been identified that apply to the proposed program. The applicable Class 4 "Minor Alterations to Land" exemption language consists of ~minor public or private alterations in the condition of land. water, and/or vegetation which do not involve removal of healthy mature, scenic trees except for forestry or agricultural purposes. Examples include, but are not limited to: (f) Minor trenching and backfilling where the surface is restored." The District finds that test-weli construction and abandonment meet the qualifications of a Class 4 Categorical Exemption. The Class 6 "Information Collection" exemption language consists of "basic data collection, research, experimental management. and resource evaluation activities which do not result in a serious or major disturbance to an environmental resource. These may be strictly for information gathering purposes, or as part of a study leading to an action which a public agency has not vet approved, adopted, or funded." The proposed test-well actions qualify for a Class 6 Categorical Exemption because the purpose is basic data collection (study) to evaluate the availability of groundwater as a potable water supply resource to meet the District's current and future customer demands. Therefore, this proposed action qualifies for Class 4 and Class 6 Categorical Exemptions.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
2020100353_NOE Test Wells   PDF 930 K

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