Johnson Street Improvement Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD)
Document Title
Johnson Street Improvement Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Johnson Street Drain Improvement Project (Project) will remove and replace a portion of pre-existing agricultural drain pipe and install new manholes in the unincorporated community of Mecca, CA. The existing Reinforced Concrete Pipe (RCP) tends to plug up with silt which obstructs agricultural drainage causing impacts to the conveyance of the drain and agricultural practices. The pipeline alignment begins at the corner of Hammond Road and Avenue 68, traveling easterly along Avenue 68. The Project will abandon-in-place and slurry cement-fill 350 linear feet of 12-inch RCP and replace it with new 12-inch High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) piping. The Project will also install 8 new manholes on Hammond Road and Avenue 68 on both the existing RCP and newly installed HDPE agricultural drain pipe. The replacement pipeline and manholes will be installed in a previously disturbed area within the public street right-of-way. Excavation of the pipeline trench will be approximately 10 feet below ground surface to allow placement of the new HDPE piping. The open trench installation on Hammond Road and Avenue 68 will cause a temporary closure or controlled traffic during construction. The Project improvements are needed to access the agricultural pipeline for maintenance purposes. No impact to continued agriculture practices will take place. The Project is anticipated to take place over the course of 5 months. The proposed project site is located in a rural residential area, and is not within a conservation area of the Coachella Valley Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan.

Contact Information

David Wilson
Agency Name
Coachella Valley Water District
Job Title
Engineering Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Other Location Info
Johnson Street Project is located in the unincorporated community of Mecca, CA. The Project will take place on the corner of Avenue 68 and Hammond Road.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301, 15302, 15303
Reasons for Exemption
State CEQA Guidelines §15301 (Existing Facilities) allows for the repair and maintenance of existing public structures and facilities involving negligible or no expansion of use. State CEQA Guidelines §15302 (Replacement or Reconstruction) allows for the replacement of existing structures and facilities where the new structure will be located on the same site as the structure replaced and will have substantially the same purpose and capacity as the structure replaced. State CEQA Guidelines §15303 (New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures) consists of construction and location of limited numbers of new, small facilities or structures; installation of small new equipment and facilities in small structures; and the conversion of existing small structures from one use to another where only minor modifications are made in the exterior of the structure.
County Clerk


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