The Animal Area Runoff Reduction project will upgrade or add rainwater management features to existing structures and provide an additional detention pond at the Animal Husbandry Feedlot. The project will direct rainwater away from access roads, buildings and livestock shelters with gutters, storm drains and underground infrastructure to the detention ponds. The project implements two elements to improve on-site drainage that will reduce the impact of storm events on the efficiency of the WWTP: (1) collect storm water from roofed structures and divert to the storm drain system instead of the sanitary sewer system; and (2) build a new detention pond to hold runoff from the site for eventual pumping and transport to the WWTP for treatment. The proposed pond will have a footprint of approximately 7,600 square feet and will hold a minimum of 160,000 gallons of water. This pond will discharge into the wastewater collection system for treatment at the University’s wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) when capacity and efficiency allow.
This project qualifies as categorically exempt under Exemption Class 1 and Class 4 of the Guidelines for the Implementation to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). This project will modify existing structures, add underground drainage infrastructure, and create a new storm water detention pond. Exemption Class 1 applies to the operation, repair, permitting, leasing, maintenance or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities or mechanical equipment, involving negligible or no expansion of an existing use. Exemption Class 4 applies to minor alterations to land and water that will not impact mature trees or involve agricultural purposes. No mature trees will be removed as part of this project. In addition, none of the exceptions for application of a categorical exemption apply to this project.
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