Groundwater Test Well Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
Fall River Valley Community Services District
Document Title
Groundwater Test Well Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The purpose of the proposed project is to determine a location for one or two additional permanent wells to ensure a safe and reliable potable water supply for customers in the Fall River Valley Community Services District (FRVCSD). FRVCSD provides water to the residents and businesses in the communities of Fall River Mills and McArthur. Currently, FRVCSD maintains two wells, however, the District relies on a single well located in McArthur. The well is currently producing 370 gallons per minute (gpm). The secondary well, located in Fall River Mills, is unused due to low-quality water resulting from high levels of iron and manganese, and a low yield (120 gpm). In the case of mechanical failure or an emergency, the secondary well would be unable to provide adequate water to the district. FRVCSD has a current maximum water demand of 390 gpm, and often requires 24-hour pumping during summer months and fire events. While the estimated maximum daily demand is 94% of the existing storage volume, there is little room for error during the summer months. The proposed project would include drilling up to two test wells to locate a secondary quality water source. Two potential test well sites have been identified by FRVCSD. Well site #3 is the preferred test well site and a test well will be drilled here first. If this site provides adequate water supply of at least 400 gpm, and satisfactory water quality, the test well will later be converted to a permanent well to provide a second source of water supply to FRVCSD. Well site #1B would not be needed in this case. However, if well site #3 does not provide adequate water supply, FRVCSD will construct another test well at well site #1B.

Contact Information

Cecil D. Ray
Agency Name
Fall River Valley Community Services District
Job Title
General Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant / Parties Undertaking Project


Fall River Mills (unincorporated)
Cross Streets
Burney Street, 3rd Street
Parcel #
018-540-010, 032-160-039
State Highways
Fall River Mills Airport
Fall River Elementary School
Fall River, Pit River, Shelly Creek
30, 31
Other Location Info
Fall River Mills 7.5-Minute Quadrangle

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 4, Class 6
Reasons for Exemption
The Class 4 exemption applies to the minor alternations to the condition of land (e.g., clearing, grading, trenching, and backfilling) that do not involve the removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees, and do not involve grading in wetlands or other waters, provided that the surface is restored following construction. The Class 6 exemption consists of basic data collection, research, experimental management, and resource evaluation activities which do not result in a serious or major disturbance to an environmental resource. The project is consistent with the categorical exemptions noted above because work would consist of the construction of a new well for data collection.
County Clerk


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