Reasons for Exemption
The State CEQA Guidelines provide a series of categorical exemptions for projects that have been deemed to have minimal impacts on the environment and the legislature has concluded will not have a significant adverse environmental impact on the environment. The proposed implementation of the City of San Fernando Reservoir No. 4 Replacement Project in the unincorporated community of Sylmar has been determined to have no potential to cause significant adverse effects on the environment and will provide the City of Fernando with a new reservoir that meets current safety and operation standards. Categorical Exemption 15302 provides an exemption from further compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act for “replacement or reconstruction of existing structures and facilities where the new facility will be located on the same site as the structure replaced, including but not limited to: …. (c) Replacement or reconstruction of existing utility systems and/or facilities involving negligible or no expansion of capacity.” The proposed implementation of the Reservoir No. 4 Replacement Project has been determined to comply with the criteria established for a Class 2 Categorical Exemption. Therefore, this proposed action is not forecast to cause any potential for significant adverse environmental impacts and qualifies with the requirements for a Section 15302 Categorical Exemption.