District Office Irrigation Improvements


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Document Title
District Office Irrigation Improvements
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Existing plastic waterlines will be converted to PVC lines throughout the district compound, including housing areas, Discovery Center, nature walk, and behind offices. A more durable system will reduce maintenance requirements and prolong the irrigation system. A trencher and hand tools (digging bards, shovels, etc.) will be used to dig trenches for the PVC lines. In total, 12,000' of PVC will be placed in a 1' wide by 3' deep trench. Under sidewalks, soil may need to be flushed and/or dug out. PVC will be anchored in place to reduce movement. Near the bathroom (100 building), PVC will be tunneled to avoid going under the sidewalk. Additionally, a new water system will be installed behind the amphitheater and the resources office. Attempts will be made to avoid vegetation and roots. At the discretion of the district archaeologist, a cultural monitor will be present for all ground disturbance, including digging and moving soil. Future maintenance of the waterline is anticipated, such as fixing leaks and replacing sections of PVC. Measures to be implemented to avoid impact may be obtained by submitting a request to the Environmental Coordinator.

Contact Information

Sara Lockett
Agency Name
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Job Title
District Environmental Coordinator
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Diego
Southern California
Other Location Info
Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area headquarters, located at 5172 Highway 78, Borrego Springs, CA 92004.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 2 Section 15302, Class 3 Section 15303, and Class 4 Section 15304
Reasons for Exemption
No potential for significant impact to the environment is anticipated in compliance with CEQA Section 15300.4. The project, as indicated within the CDPR Project Evaluation Form, is exempt under CEQA Section 15301 - Replacement or Reconstruction, Section 15302 - New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures, and Section 15304 - Minor Alterations to Land.


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