CEQA-24-0002 (River Highlands/Gold Village Groundwater Improvement Project)


SCH Number
Public Agency
Yuba County
Document Title
CEQA-24-0002 (River Highlands/Gold Village Groundwater Improvement Project)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The project will be located on a 32 acre property located at 8334 Rockin W Ranch Trail (APN 006-220-123) in the community of Smartsville. The County is proposing the River Highlands/Gold Village Well Site and Water System Improvement Project that will consist of the installation of a new well, a new emergency backup generator, and a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system for the new well and the existing primary well located on the same parcel. The project also includes 450 lineal feet of piping to connect the two well sites. The goal of the project is to provide a clean and reliable water source to the community of Gold Village /River Highlands in Yuba County, as well as improve the existing water system.

Contact Information

Robert Pontureri
Agency Name
Yuba County Public Works Department
Job Title
Associate Engineer
Contact Types
Project Applicant / Parties Undertaking Project

Ciara Fisher
Agency Name
Yuba County Planning
Job Title
Planner III
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Unincorporated River Highlands/Gold Village
Cross Streets
Rockin West Ranch Trail
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
HWY 20
Yuba River
Other Location Info
The project will be located on a 32 acre property located at 8334 Rockin W Ranch Trail (APN 006-220-123) in the community of Smartsville.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Emergency Project
Type, Section or Code
15269 (c)
Reasons for Exemption
This project is exempt from CEQA under Section 15269(c) - Emergency Projects, as the proposed well and backup generator are essential for preventing or mitigating the emergency water supply situation in the River Highlands/Gold Village community. The River Highlands/Gold Village community is designated as a disadvantaged community, relying on potable water from three wells. However, the water demand of the community surpasses the combined well production capacity. In 2013, the community faced a critical situation when the water tank ran dry, and the wells were unable to meet demands. The construction of a second well on this property is crucial to enhancing system capacity, flexibility, and resilience to drought or climate variability.
County Clerk


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