Type, Section or Code
Information Collection, Class 6, 15306, Title 14 CCR
Reasons for Exemption
The proposed Project is categorically exempt under Class 6, Section 15306 because it consists of basic data collection and resource evaluation activities that do not result in a significant impact to an environmental resource.
A preconstruction survey was conducted which revealed no sensitive resources on the proposed Project site. A California Natural Diversity Database search indicates known populations of: Ovis canadensis nelsoni pop. 2, Helianthus niveus ssp. Tephrodes, and Astragalus magdalenae var. peirsonii to exist within the Clark Lake USGS 7.5’ quad where the proposed project is located. The proposed Project site was scouted for potential activity of these listed species and none was found on the site. The possibility exists that the bighorn sheep species listed above may be present in the nearby mountains and hills, but the construction activities would be a transitory disturbance and the animal would be able to avoid the construction area. The DWR construction monitor will conduct a daily survey for nesting birds. If evidence of nesting birds is found, construction will halt until the birds conclude nesting behavior. The proposed project site is located on the landowner’s orchard, thus the area is already heavily disturbed and unsuitable for habitation.
Visqueen or a similar type of plastic sheeting will be placed under all equipment to reasonably prevent minor equipment oil or fluids to drip onto the ground. Water, fluids, and hazardous materials would not be expected to contact the ground. The adjacent roadway has no vehicle traffic and will not require traffic control measures.
Overall, no significant impacts would be anticipated for biological resources, air quality, visual impact, water quality, land surface, or historic and archaeological resources. Operation of the drill rig would create noise; the completed monitoring wells would be silent.