BIA ROW Renewal for Ave 71 Ag Drain


SCH Number
Public Agency
Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD)
Document Title
BIA ROW Renewal for Ave 71 Ag Drain
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Coachella Valley Water District (“CVWD”) is proposing to submit an application for right-of-way (“ROW”) to renew its recently expired rights for the existing Avenue 71 agricultural drainage underground line for a proposed 50-year term. This ROW is over and across Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians (Torres Martinez) Allotments 70 and 72 located in Riverside County, Assessor Parcel Numbers 749-210-010 and 749-200-002. The ROW is approximately 2.29 acres. CVWD’s rights expired on April 21, 2020, and were recorded on May 21, 1970, as Instrument No. 47878, Official Records of Riverside County. No ground disturbance or construction is included within the ROW application. The project site is not located with or immediately adjacent to a conservation area associated with the Coachella Valley Multiples Species Habitat Conservation Plan (CVMSHCP). CVWD maintains coverage for maintenance activities in agricultural drains through its participation as permitted in the CVMSHCP.

Contact Information

Chris Bogan
Agency Name
Coachella Valley Water District
Job Title
Right of Way Supervisor
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Other Location Info
The project is located in the unincorporated area of Thermal, CA in Riverside County near the intersection of Pierce Street and 72nd Avenue. The Assessor Parcel Number for the two allotments are 749-210-010 and 749-200-002.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Type, Section or Code
State CEQA Guideline §15061(b)(3)
Reasons for Exemption
State CEQA Guidelines §15061(b)(3) (Review for Exemption) states an activity is covered by the common sense exemption where CEQA applies only to a project and where it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility the activity may have a significant effect on the environment.

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
State CEQA Guidelines: §15301
Reasons for Exemption
State CEQA Guidelines §15301 (Existing Facilities) 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.
County Clerk


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