Palo Verde Union Elementary School District Water System Improvement Project

2 Documents in Project

Summary

SCH Number
2021040415
Lead Agency
Palo Verde Union Elementary School District
Document Title
Palo Verde Union Elementary School District Water System Improvement Project
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Received
Present Land Use
Land uses in the vicinity of the Project consist of active farmland, scattered rural residences, and vacant/fallow land typical of rural areas in the Central Valley. The Project site is within the school campus. The Project and the surrounding lands are zoned as AE-40, Exclusive Agricultural Zone, 40-Acre Minimum, by Tulare County. Properties directly surrounding the school are actively farmed and include row crops and orchards. The school is located on the Valley floor east of the Coast Ranges and west of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Topographically, the proposed Project area is at an elevation of approximately 345 feet above mean sea level.
Document Description
The Project proposes to drill and construct a new domestic standard well (Well No. 3) for the school at the location illustrated in . The new well is expected to yield about 300 gpm. In addition to the construction of Well No. 3, the following items will also be constructed: • A 10,000-gallon pressure tank. The pressure tank will measure approximately 20 feet in height and approximately 30 feet in diameter and will be located at the new well site. • A gate valve with valve box • Backflow preventer • 15hp booster pump • 6 ft high chain link fence around new well and appurtenant facilities, with a 30-ft wide double drive gate. • 166 linear feet (LF) of new water distribution line (using open-trench method of construction installation) • 500-LF of new irrigation main to all valve boxes from the well. These Project components contained within the APE as defined above, are illustrated in Figure 2 2. In addition to constructing a well, associated infrastructure, and water pressure tank, the Project proposes to abandon the Well No. 1, per Tulare County standards and remove the associated existing 10,000 gal. water pressure tank, pump and electrical service.

Contact Information

Name
Phil Anderson
Agency Name
PVUESD Interim Superintendent
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant

Name
Amy Wilson
Agency Name
Provost & Pritchard Consulting
Contact Types
Consulting Firm

Location

Cities
unincorporated Tulare
Counties
Tulare
Regions
Unincorporated
Cross Streets
Avenue 196 and Road 96
Zip
93274
Total Acres
0.25
Parcel #
174-150-025
State Highways
SR99
Railways
NA
Airports
Medford Field Airport
Schools
Palo Verde Union Elementary School
Waterways
Elk Bayou Ditch
Township
20S
Range
24E
Section
34
Base
MDB&M
Other Location Info
The school currently has two wells on site. One 80 gallons per minute (gpm) domestic well (Well No. 1), and a newer 200 gpm domestic well (Well No. 2). Well No. 1 does not produce enough water to meet the domestic, fire flow and irrigation needs of the school. Well No. 2 was drilled when the new gymnasium was being built in order to assist with fire flow and irrigation needs. Unfortunately, this well has been found to be contaminated and cannot be used for domestic water. It is currently used as back up for fire flow. The school is currently in the process of applying for a grant for a new domestic standard well that will meet the State standards for drinking water and fire flow. When this Project was originally undertaken a portion of the layout was different. Biological and cultural subconsultant assessments were completed in 2018 by Odell Planning and Research, Inc., and Sierra Valley Cultural Planning (under contract to Odell Planning and Research) but the CEQA document was never finished or adopted. The Project approach was updated in 2020 and a portion of the Project APE was outside of what the subconsultants originally assessed. Kleinfelder was hired in 2020 to provide supplemental assessments to the original biological and cultural assessments to include the portion of the Project site that was outside of the original survey area. Both the original assessments and the supplemental assessments are included in their respective appendices at the end of this document.
Other Information
The Project proposes to drill and construct a new domestic standard well (Well No. 3) for the school at the location illustrated in . The new well is expected to yield about 300 gpm. In addition to the construction of Well No. 3, the following items will also be constructed: • A 10,000-gallon pressure tank. The pressure tank will measure approximately 20 feet in height and approximately 30 feet in diameter and will be located at the new well site. • A gate valve with valve box • Backflow preventer • 15hp booster pump • 6 ft high chain link fence around new well and appurtenant facilities, with a 30-ft wide double drive gate. • 166 linear feet (LF) of new water distribution line (using open-trench method of construction installation) • 500-LF of new irrigation main to all valve boxes from the well. These Project components contained within the APE as defined above, are illustrated in Figure 2 2. In addition to constructing a well, associated infrastructure, and water pressure tank, the Project proposes to abandon the Well No. 1, per Tulare County standards and remove the associated existing 10,000 gal. water pressure tank, pump and electrical service.

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
Development Types
Water Facilities (Water System Upgrade)(Type Water System Upg, MGD 300)
Local Actions
Authorization to Construct
Project Issues
Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Tribal Cultural Resources, Archeological/Historical
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Education, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 6 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Fresno Region 5 (RWQCB), Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Department of General Services (DGS), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights, State Water Resources Control Board, Divison of Financial Assistance

Attachments

Draft Environmental Document [Draft IS, NOI_NOA_Public notices, OPR Summary Form, Appx,]
Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form

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