Reasons for Exemption
Approval of these actions are not subject to CEQA for multiple reasons. These actions do not qualify as a "project" subject to CEQA because the actions constitute: ( 1) continuing administrative or maintenance activities, such as general policy and procedure making; (2) government fiscal activities that do not involve any commitment to any specific project that may result in a potentially significant physical impact on the environment; and (3) organizational or administrative activities of a public agency that will not result in direct or indirect physical changes in the environment (State CEQA Guidelines §15378).
The recommended actions do not constitute project approval by CVWD of the DCP, nor do the actions authorize or approve construction of the DCP. The recommended actions do not authorize or commit the CVWD or DWR to expenditure of the funding on any site-specific project. In addition, the recommended actions do not authorize or approve any actions by the DCA or DWR that may cause direct or reasonably foreseeable indirect environmental impacts. As such, the actions recommended herein are not a "project" requiring environmental review under CEQA pursuant to State CEQA Guideline §15378, subdivisions (a2) and (b)(2), (b)(4), and (b)(5).
Second, even were the actions to be considered a CEQA "project," these actions would be statutorily exempt from environmental review pursuant to State CEQA Guideline §15262 because the actions merely call for the funding and completion of feasibility and planning studies, not including the completion of CEQA review itself.
Third, the actions are exempt under the "common sense" exemption in State CEQA Guidelines §15061, subdivision (b )(3) because it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the actions may have a significant effect on the environment. None of the exceptions to the use of the "common sense" exemption as identified in State CEQA Guidelines §15300.2 exist with the recommended actions