Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Update


SCH Number
Public Agency
Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD)
Document Title
Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Update
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) proposes to update its Hazard Mitigation Plan (2024 Hazard Mitigation Plan Update). The 2024 Hazard Mitigation Plan Update (Update) is needed for long-term and short term policies, programs, projects, and other activities to protect people and alleviate property damage and service interruptions that can result from a natural disaster. CVWD has developed a hazard mitigation plan to reduce risk for District assets that are vital for its continuity of operations following hazard events. The contents of this plan comply with the requirements of the federal Disaster Mitigation Act, under which communities with approved hazard mitigation plans are eligible for various hazard mitigation programs. These funds primarily fall under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) program. Grant programs available to CVWD under HMA include the following: • Hazard Mitigation Program • Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Post Fire • Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities • Pre-Disaster Mitigation • Public Assistance The development of this Update was funded and managed by the District. The Update brings together a framework for developing feasible and cost-effective mitigation projects. The plan remains a living document with implementation and evaluation procedures established to help achieve meaningful objectives and successful outcomes over time. No ground disturbance or construction is included within the plan Update.

Contact Information

Sabrina Nies
Agency Name
Coachella Valley Water District
Job Title
Engineering Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) service area
Other Location Info
Coachella Valley Water District’s (CVWD) service area

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Type, Section or Code
Not a project: State CEQA Guidelines §15378
Reasons for Exemption
State CEQA Guidelines §15378 (Project) This action is exempt from CEQA because it is not a “project,” i.e., the action has no potential to result in a direct or reasonably foreseeable indirect physical change to the environment because the action will have no potential to cause any direct or reasonably foreseeable indirect change to the environment.

Exempt Status
Type, Section or Code
Review for Exemption/Common Sense Exemption: State CEQA Guideline §15061(b)(3)
Reasons for Exemption
The 2024 Hazard Mitigation Plan Update is also exempt under the “common sense” exemption in State CEQA Guidelines §15061, subdivision (b)(3) because it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the actions may have a significant effect on the environment. None of the exceptions to the use of the “common sense” exemption as identified in State CEQA Guidelines §15300.2 exist with the recommended actions.

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
State CEQA Guidelines §15262
Reasons for Exemption
State CEQA Guidelines §15262 (Feasibility and Planning Studies) A project involving only feasibility or planning studies for possible future actions which the agency, board, or commission has not approved, adopted, or funded does not require the preparation of an EIR or Negative Declaration but does require consideration of environmental factors.

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
State CEQA Guidelines: §15306
Reasons for Exemption
State CEQA Guidelines §15306 (Information Collection). This class 6 exemption allows for basic data collection, research, experimental management, and resource evaluation activities which do not result in a serious or major disturbance to an environmental resource. These may be strictly for information gathering purposes, or as part of a study leading to an action which a public agency has not yet approved, adopted, or funded. As an exempt project, no further environmental review is required and a Notice of Exemption will be filed with the County Clerk.
County Clerk


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