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 installation of the MSWD Private Septic-System Closure and Connection to the MSWD Collection System Project in the City of Desert Hot Springs has been determined to have no potential to cause significant adverse effects on the environment and will ensure the current degradation of the aquifer is eliminated. Categorical Exemption Class 4 exempts “minor public or private alterations in the conditions of land, water, and/or vegetation which do not involve removal of healthy, mature scenic trees....(f) Minor trenching and backfilling where the surface is restored.” The exceptions to the issuance of Categorical Exemptions have been evaluated for the proposed project activities. The proposed installation and operation of the MSWD Private Septic-System Closure and Connection to the MSWD Collection System Project has been determined not to have a potential to cause significant adverse environmental effects as a result of any of the exceptions. Therefore, this proposed action is not forecast to cause any potential for significant adverse environmental impacts and qualifies with the requirements for Class 4(f) exemption.