Reasons for Exemption
On April 12, 2021, May 10, 2021, July 8, 2021 and October 19, 2021, the Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, proclaimed states of emergency to exist throughout California due to severe drought conditions. On March 21, 2022, the State Water Board released a letter to water rights holders warning “Despite record-breaking storms in October and December 2021, most of California is experiencing a severe drought due to the driest January and February on record. These conditions are worsening quickly and can threaten water supplies, impair critical habitat, reduce recreational opportunities, and create uncertainty for all water users”. Under the current drought conditions, pursuant to the California Code of Regulations State CEQA Guidelines Division 6 of Chapter 3 of Title 14, the project qualifies for an Emergency Exemption 14CCR 15269 (b)(c) which includes (b) repairs to publicly or privately owned service facilities necessary to maintain service essential to the public health, safety or welfare. Emergency repairs include those that require a reasonable amount of planning to address an anticipated emergency, and (c) Specific actions necessary to prevent or mitigate an emergency.