Reasons for Exemption
The proposed Well 17 (Mountain Well) Rehabilitation Project is categorically exempt from substantive CEQA review as it has been determined to have no potential to cause significant adverse effects on the environment. The proposed project meets the criteria for a Class 1 Categorical Exemption, which consists of “Existing Facilities,” outlined under Section 15301 of the State CEQA Guidelines. A Class 1 exemption is defined as: “ “Class 1 consists of the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features, involving negligible or no expansion of existing or former use. The types of “existing facilities” itemized below are not intended to be all-inclusive of the types of projects which might fall within Class 1. The key consideration is whether the project involves negligible or no expansion of use…. Examples include but are not limited to: (b) Existing facilities of both investor and publicly owned utilities used to provide electric power, natural gas, sewerage, or other public utility services.” The proposed project site contains an existing well, which is an existing facility owned by the District that is presently not in use, but Well 17 was drilled in 1981 with the purpose of serving as a production well, and thus has been determined to qualify for the Class 1 Existing Facilities Categorical Exemption (identified in Section 15301). The Well Rehabilitation Project has been evaluated against the Categorical Exemption exceptions, and does not fall under any exception based on the lack of historical, biological, archaeological, and scenic resources within the area of potential effect in which construction of and operation of the project will occur, and that no hazardous waste sites are located in the vicinity of the project, and no cumulative or significant effects are anticipated to occur as a result of project implementation. The project activities have been determined not to have a potential to cause significant adverse environmental effects. Therefore, this proposed project is not forecast to cause any potential for significant adverse environmental impacts and qualifies with the requirements for a Class 1 Categorical Exemption (15301).