Reasons for Exemption
This project consists of the repair, maintenance, and minor alteration of private properties and will involve negligible or no expansion of existing or former use. There are no exceptions that would make this project ineligible for an exemption such as being located in a sensitive environment, leading to cumulative negative effects, damaging scenic resources within an official state scenic highway, being located on a hazardous waste site, or causing substantial adverse changes in the significance of a historical resource. Moreover, this project is not expected to have any significant adverse impacts on endangered, threatened, or rare species, and in fact is expected to benefit threatened anadromous fish populations and their habitats.
WSRCD has determined that the objectives of erosion control and fuel reduction, and the implementation activities as designed for this project will occur on private properties within recent burn scars and result in minor alterations to land and therefore fit within the CCR Section 15304 exemptions. Additional environmental analysis was conducted by the WSRCD Biologist/Project Specialist regarding proposed project effects on rare, threatened and endangered plants; threatened,
endangered and special status wildlife species; and cultural resources. WSRCD has reviewed these reports and determined that the project’s implementation will result in multiple benefits, including erosion control and reduction of fuels that will improve public safety and protect communities, human lives, and property. There will be no significant adverse impacts on endangered, rare, or threatened species or their habitats. There will be no significant adverse impacts to soils, hydrology, or water quality. There are no hazardous materials at or around the project site. The project will avoid all archeological resource sites. The project will not result in cumulatively significant impacts. The project will have no significant adverse effect on the