Brightline West High-Speed Rail Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Lahontan Victorville Region 6 (RWQCB)
Document Title
Brightline West High-Speed Rail Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The purpose of the Project is to construct a high-speed rail from Apple Valley to Las Vegas, Nevada. In California, the track alignment will be entirely within the center median right-of-way of Interstate 15. This WQC authorizes permanent and temporary impacts to waters of the United States where the rail alignment crosses the Mojave River at two locations, one location in Barstow (Mojave River) and one location west of Baker (Mojave River Overflow).

Contact Information

Tiffany Steinert
Agency Name
Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Adrian Share
Agency Name
DesertXpress Enterprises, LLC dba Brightline West
Contact Types
Project Applicant


San Bernardino
Other Location Info
Barstow Lat/Long 34.8962, -116.9945; Baker Lat/Lon 35.1002, -116.2709

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Type, Section or Code
Sec. 21080(b)(10)
Reasons for Exemption
The Water Board finds that the Project is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), pursuant to Public Resources Code, Division 13, Section 21080(b)(10), which provides that CEQA does not apply to “[a] project for the institution or increase of passenger or commuter services on rail or highway rights-of-way already in use, including modernization of existing stations and parking facilities."


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