Reasons for Exemption
The State CEQA Guidelines provide a series of Categorical Exemptions for projects that have been deemed to have minimal impacts on the environment. The proposed Buried Pipeline Location Research Project will gather information that will allow replacement of corroded, leaking pipelines in the future. This proposed information gathering project has no potential to cause significant adverse effects on the environment and will ensure that the management of water supply to the future service area will be ensured without significant adverse impact on the environment. The Class 6 Categorical Exemption reads “Class 6 consists of basic data collection, research, experimental management, and resource evaluation activities which do not result in a serious or major disturbance to any environmental resources. These may be strictly for information gathering purposes, or as a part of a study leading to an action which a public agency has not yet approved, adopted, or funded.” The proposed action has been determined to fall within the scope of the Class 6 Exemption. Section 15306. Therefore, this proposed action qualifies with a Class 6 Categorical Exemption.