Smithe Grive UST Investigation


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Document Title
Smithe Grive UST Investigation
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Conduct a site characterization near a removed leaking underground storage tank (UST) at Smithe Grove Redwoods State Natural Reserve, which is being addressed under the California Low-Threat Underground Storage Tank Case Closure Policy. Site characterization includes field data collection for soil, groundwater, and surface water that follows the Site Investigation Work Plan prepared in May 2017 for the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board by consultant, Amec Foster Wheeler. Ground disturbance would be associated with up to 7 soil borings that will be up to 20 feet below ground surface. All information will be used to develop a report of the estimated extent of subsurface petroleum hydrocarbons.

Contact Information

Rosalind Litzky
Agency Name
District Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Northern California
State Highways
Other Location Info
Smithe Grove at Post Mile 96.49 along Highway 101

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15303 & 15304
Reasons for Exemption
Project consists of the minor public alterations in the condition of land, water, and/or vegetation that do not involve removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees; basic data collection, research, experimental management, and resource evaluation activities that do not result in a serious or major disturbance to an environmental resource; ; and is included as “resource management projects” in the Department of Parks and Recreation’s list of exempt activities in accordance with CCR §15300.4.


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