Reasons for Exemption
Approval of this Project is subject to categorical exemption from the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA, Pub. Resources Code §21084). These exemptions have been made upon a finding that the projects will have no significant effect on the environment. This Project is exempt under Class 1: Existing Facilities. Class 1 consists of the operation, repair, or maintenance or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features, involving negligible or no expansion of use beyond that previously existing... (California Code of Regulations, Title 14, §15301).
This project will take place at the North Grasslands Wildlife Area’s Salt Slough Hunter Check Station site, which is a developed site consisting of both private and public structures and facilities. The site includes a large, gravel parking area and equipment storage yard, where the project will take place. The additional structure (~1200 sq. ft. cement slab, roof, storage structure) and wastewater tank will be placed within the developed gravel yard, which is not an environmentally sensitive area. Additionally, the installation of the water pump constitutes a maintenance activity (i.e., flood management) for the equipment storage yard. The water pumped from the gravel yard will be conveyed to the adjacent, primarily dry, pond basin, which is already part of the Wildlife Area’s wetlands management regime of manual flooding/draining.