UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Elkus Ranch Emergency Response Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
University of California, Davis
Document Title
UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Elkus Ranch Emergency Response Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
UC Agriculture and Natural Resources’ Elkus Ranch is an environmental education center that provides a range of youth education programs, as well as other forestry, agricultural, and science programs. The site is solely accessed by a bridge that crosses Purisima Creek. The bridge is approximately 30 feet long and is typically 8 feet above the water. However, as a result of the winter storms and flooding in California, this bridge and the water pump house, which is the only water source for the property were washed away. UC ANR has proposed emergency replacement of the bridge and pump house to allow for safe access of employees to care for the animals and maintain the facilities to insure there is no loss of life or property at Elkus Ranch. The bridge and pump house will be in the exact same location; however, the bridge will be lengthened to 48 feet to provide stability and address a wider streambed resulting from the storms.

Contact Information

Heather Davis
Agency Name
UC Davis
Job Title
Interim Director Environmental Planning
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant / Parties Undertaking Project


Half Moon Bay
San Mateo
Northern California
Other Location Info
1500 Purisima Creek Road

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15269 - Emergency Project
Reasons for Exemption
The installation of a replacement bridge and pump house at Elkus Ranch qualifies as statutorily exempt from CEQA under Section 15269 of the CEQA Guidelines. This exemption applies to projects to maintain, repair, restore, demolish, or replace property or facilities damaged or destroyed as a result of a disaster in a disaster-stricken area in which a state of emergency has been proclaimed by the Governor pursuant to the California Emergency Services Act, commencing with Section 8550 of the Government Code. Governor Newsom proclaimed a state of emergency on January 4th, 2023 throughout California to support the ongoing response to severe winter storms.


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