Orick Community Services District (OCSD) Water System Improvements


SCH Number
Public Agency
Orick Community Services District
Document Title
Orick Community Services District (OCSD) Water System Improvements
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The project entails improvements to the OCSD water system, including replacement of a ±100,000-gallon redwood water tank with a ±100,000-gallon welded steel tank. The tank is located on OCSD-owned property ±150 feet south of Old State Highway, ±2,000 feet west of its northern intersection with State Route 101. The existing tank would be demolished and removed from the site, and the new tank would be installed in the same footprint as the existing tank. The entire tank pad would be over-excavated approximately three feet below the existing grade. Electrical equipment, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), and a six-inch overflow pipe would be installed. In addition, three valves adjacent to the tank would be replaced. A PG&E power pole upslope of the tank would be replaced with a taller pole to provide adequate clearance for the power lines, and a 40-foot-tall communications tower would be constructed at the water tank site. At the District office on Swan Road, electrical equipment and a 20-foot-tall communications tower would be constructed to support the SCADA system. A 90 KW, diesel-fired emergency generator equipped with a manual transfer switch would be acquired, and would be housed in a new cargo container outside the District office. Four distribution valves are inoperable and would be replaced. Two of the valves are located at 120779 Highway 101 next to Hagoods Hardware Store, and the other two are located at 121390 Highway 101 next to the Orick Presbyterian Church. A Caltrans Encroachment permit would be required to replace the valves. All proposed improvements would be installed in previously disturbed areas. No trees would be removed.

Contact Information

Marcele Allen
Agency Name
Orick Community Services District
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
Orick Community Services District
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Cross Streets
State Highways
Orick Elementary
Redwood Creek, Prairie Creek, Skunk Cabbage Creek

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301, 15302, 15303, 15304
Reasons for Exemption
The project includes replacement of existing components of the public water system; only minor earth disturbance would be required to accommodate the improvements; the ground surface would be restored following construction; no mature trees would be removed; no wetlands or other waters would be affected; and new construction would be limited to small structures. The project would not have a significant effect on the environment due to unusual circumstances; would not result in damage to scenic resources within a Scenic Highway; is not located on a hazardous waste site pursuant to §65962.5 of the Government Code; would not cause a substantial adverse change in the significance of a historical resource; and would not result in cumulatively significant impacts.


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