Rehabilitation of Fallowed Farmlands


SCH Number
Public Agency
University of California, Irvine
Document Title
Rehabilitation of Fallowed Farmlands
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Borrego Springs Groundwater Management Plan requires fallowing of agricultural land to reduce groundwater use, which has the potential for visual blight, dust emissions, and invasive plant species proliferation. The purpose of the proposed project is to test the feasibility and effectiveness of four land treatment techniques used to stabilize soil and promote native plant establishment on fallowed orchards. The goal is to determine the best approach to prevent undesirable effects and recover native habitat on formerly farmed lands.

Contact Information

Lindsey Hashimoto
Agency Name
University of California, Irvine
Job Title
Principal Environmental Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Borrego Springs
San Diego
Southern California

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 6, Section 15306
Reasons for Exemption
A Class 6 categorical exemption is applicable because the proposed project consists of study design implementation, data collection, and resource evaluation activities. The activities are designed for minimal disturbance to the study sites and would include limited soil and non-physical vegetation sampling. The study would be used to determine practices to best manage resources in natural environmental conditions after farming has ceased. In accordance with Section 15300.2 of the CEQA Guidelines, there are no cumulative impacts, expected significant effects on environmental resources, hazardous waste or historic sites, scenic highways, or other limiting factors or unusual circumstances that would make the exemption inapplicable based on the project records.


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