Romero Visitor Center Pipeline Repair


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Water Resources (DWR)
Document Title
Romero Visitor Center Pipeline Repair
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Department of Water Resource's San Luis Field Division will repair a septic system pipeline from the Romero Visitor Center to nearby oxidation ponds. The pipeline is eight to ten feet underground. A vacuum truck will be used to fully clean and remove any waste from the septic tank and pipeline. Then, to access the pipeline for repairs, two 15-feet by 15-feet by 8-feet areas will be excavated. One of these excavations will be located about 20 feet east of the existing paved parking lot. The second excavation will be about 380 feet northeast from the first excavation and is within the fenced area enclosing the oxidation ponds. Once exposed, the existing 4-inch cast iron pipe will be removed. Any still useable portions of the removed cast iron pipe will be cleaned and descaled. A hydraulic winch will push new, 4-inch, high density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe from the excavation east of the parking lot down to the excavation near the oxidation ponds; any reusable portions of the cast iron pipe may be used with the HDPE pipe. If necessary, a third 15-feet by 15-feet by 8-feet excavation will be made between the other two excavations to make installation of the new pipeline easier; this excavation would be about 250 feet southwest of the oxidation ponds. Following the repairs, all excavations will be backfilled and compacted. Work is necessary to maintain the operation and integrity of an existing pipeline.

Contact Information

Cody Nelson
Agency Name
California Department of Water Resources
Job Title
Planner Scheduler/UC Supervisor
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Southern California
Cross Streets
Approximately 4.76 miles southeast of the intersection of SR 33 and SR 152.
Total Acres
State Highways
State Route 152
San Luis Reservoir, O'Neill Forebay, California Aqueduct
Other Location Info
The Romero Visitor Center is located approximately 4.6 miles southwest of the unincorporated town of Santa Nella and approximately 2.3 miles northwest of the Department of Water Resources’ San Luis Operations and Maintenance Center. Work will take place on a slope that is about 300 feet northeast of the Romero Visitor Center; the slope is located between the visitor center’s parking lot and existing oxidization ponds. The total work area where repair will take place is approximately 131,966 square feet.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301 (Existing Facilities)
Reasons for Exemption
Work involves repairing an existing septic pipeline, there will be no expansion of existing or former use of the pipeline or septic system. Categorical Exemption 15301 (Existing Facilities) applies.


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