Reasons for Exemption
The project would be exempt under CEQA Guidelines Section 15302(c), which provides for the replacement or reconstruction of existing utility systems and/or facilities involving negligible or no expansion of capacity. The new well will be of a similar size, production capacity, and purpose as the existing well. The project will also involve the installation of 6” PVC piping connecting the replacement well with an existing pressure tank and existing irrigation water lines. Approximately 700 feet of trenching to a minimum depth of 3 feet will be necessary. The trenches will be properly backfilled, and the ground surface restored. CEQA Guidelines Section 15304(f) exempts minor trenching and backfilling where the surface is restored. The area where the improvements will be installed is totally within an agricultural area owned by the District and not proximate to any residential or other sensitive land uses. The project does not meet any of the exemption exceptions specified in Section 15300.2 in that there is no appreciable cumulative impact associated with the project; the project would not have a significant effect on the environment due to unusual circumstances; the project will not result in damage to scenic resources; the project is not located on a hazardous waste site; and the project will not cause a substantial adverse change in the significance of a historical resource.