Reasons for Exemption
State CEQA Guidelines §15301 (Existing Facilities) allows for the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features, involving negligible or no expansion of use beyond that existing at the time of the lead agency's determination. The project will provide minor alterations and improvements to the existing Coachella Canal, and does not include a significant expansion of
use or capacity of the Coachella Canal.
Additionally, this project is exempt from CEQA under State CEQA Guidelines §15303 (New Construction Or Conversion Of Small Structures) which allows for the construction and location of limited numbers of new, small facilities or structures; installation of small new equipment and facilities in small structures; and the conversion of existing small structures from one use to another where only minor modifications are made in the exterior of the structure. The project involves the
construction and relocation of limited infrastructure to the Coachella Canal.