SMUD Morrison Creek Valve Station Pipe Support Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Document Title
SMUD Morrison Creek Valve Station Pipe Support Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
SMUD is proposing to modify two pipe supports within the Morrison Creek valve station. The current pipe supports encase the pipes in concrete up to the centerline of the pipes and prevent the bottom surface of the pipe from being inspected during required periodic inspections. Federal regulations require that the entire pipe is able to be regularly inspected, which necessitates the pipe to be free of any material that may hide defects. Evidence of corrosion has been discovered which requires the removal of the current pipe supports. The supports will be replaced with structures that allow unencumbered future inspection and maintenance. The project involves demolition of the existing concrete pipe support structures, and installation of modified pipe supports after inspection. Surface areas will be restored to previous conditions and all existing materials will be disposed of in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. Construction is scheduled to begin July 2021 and be completed September 2021. All workers will receive environmental awareness training and nesting surveys will be completed before construction activities begin.

Contact Information

Rob Ferrera
Agency Name
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Elk Grove
Cross Streets
Franklin Boulevard and Cosumnes River Boulevard
Total Acres
State Highways
Union Pacific
Morrison Creek

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
CEQA Guidelines (§15301 (b), Existing facilities of publicly and investor owned utilities; §15302 Replacement or reconst
Reasons for Exemption
Under CEQA Guidelines §15062, a lead agency must identify the rationale for making the determination that a project is exempt under CEQA. SMUD has determined that the Morrison Creek Valve Station Pipe Support Project is exempt under CEQA Guidelines §15301 (b), Existing Facilities, which allows for projects involving the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing utility facilities to be exempt under CEQA where negligible or no expansion of use occurs. The proposed project meets the criteria as the alteration of the existing pipe supports is a “minor alteration” as no expansion of the facility would occur. CEQA Guidelines §15302 (c), Replacement or Reconstruction, allows for an exemption where replacement/reconstruction of a utility system occurs, and in this case applies to the replacement of the pipe support structure. Finally, CEQA Guidelines §15303 (d), New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures, exempts from CEQA the construction of small utility infrastructure, such as the pipe supports. Therefore, the project is considered exempt in accordance with the aforementioned CEQA Guidelines §15301, §15302, and §15303.
County Clerk


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