East Palo Alto Rain Garden Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
California State Coastal Conservancy (SCC)
Document Title
East Palo Alto Rain Garden Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The project addresses stormwater flooding and extreme heat risk in East Palo Alto communities within the flood plane of the San Francisquito Creek watershed. This project include stormwater modeling, work force development, and pilot a rain garden and cistern installation program. The project will prepare the grantee to implement the community-led effort city-wide.

Contact Information

Erica Johnson
Agency Name
Coastal Conservancy
Job Title
Project Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Violet Saena
Agency Name
Climate Resilient Communities
Job Title
Executive Director
Contact Types
Project Applicant


East Palo Alto
San Mateo
Other Location Info
The project will be implemented city-wide, however exact locations are still to be determined based on modeling outcomes and community participants.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations, Section 15304 and Section 15306
Reasons for Exemption
The installation of rain gardens and cisterns as part of the pilot program under the proposed project is categorically exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) under Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations, Section 15304 (Minor Alterations to Land) because installing a rain garden and planting native plants are landscaping activities that will be water efficient and do not involve removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees. All other elements of the proposed project are categorically exempt from CEQA under Section 15306 (Information Collection) and because they involve information collection and resource evaluation, and there will be no serious or major disturbance to an environmental resource.
County Clerk
San Mateo


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