The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires that a public agency consider, as part of the decision-making process, the potential significant environmental effects of discretionary projects that it undertakes, funds, or authorizes and to avoid or mitigate those impacts, if feasible. A "discretionary project" is a project requiring judgment or deliberation when the public agency or body decides to approve or disapprove a particular activity. CEQA also requires disclosure of potential significant environmental effects of discretionary project to the public, through the preparation of an Initial Study (IS), Negative Declaration (ND), Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) or Environmental Impact Report (EIR).
Below are links for current CEQA documents available for public review, as required under CEQA:
NOTICE OF INTENT TO ADOPT A
DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT / INITIAL STUDY- NEGATIVE DECLARATION
DENNIS UNDERWOOD CONSERVATION AREA PROJECT
Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (Metropolitan) acting as the state CEQA lead agency prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment / Initial Study-Negative Declaration (Draft EA/IS-ND) for the proposed Dennis Underwood Conservation Area Project (Project). This Notice of Intent is to inform you that the Draft EA/IS-ND is available for a 30 day public review period under CEQA. In addition to making the Draft EA/IS-ND available for public review, the Draft EA/IS-ND is being sent to responsible, trustee, and interested agencies as part of the review process required under CEQA (Section 21092 of the Public Resources Code) and the State CEQA Guidelines (Section 15072 of the California Code or Regulations).
Local and State agencies and the public will have the opportunity to review and comment on the document. Responses to written comments received by Metropolitan during the 30-day public review period will be incorporated as appropriate into the Final EA/IS-ND. In accordance with State CEQA Guidelines Section 15074(b) , Metropolitan will review and consider the proposed Final EA/IS-ND, together with any comments received during the public review process, prior to taking action on the Project.
The environmental review conducted for this Project was completed in accordance with the CEQA concluded that the proposed Project will not have any significant effects on the environment.
LOCATION The proposed Project is located in the Palo Verde Valley along the Colorado River (River) in Imperial County, California; specifically in Sections 25 and 36, Township 9 South, Range 21 East, San Bernardino Meridian (refer to Project Figure). The Project site is undeveloped land located within the Palo Verde Irrigation District, approximately 18 miles south of Blythe, California. The proposed Project is located in Reach 4 of the Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program (LCR MSCP), between River Miles 96 – 99. The River and Cibola National Wildlife Refuge border the Project to the east. The LCR MSCP Pretty Water Conservation Area borders the Project to the south, and agricultural lands border the Project to the west and north. The proposed Project site is currently zoned as agriculture.
PROJECT DESCRIPTION The proposed Project involves creating and maintaining 635 acres of cottonwood-willow and mesquite land cover types in compliance with conservation measures described in the LCR MSCP. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) would enter into an easement for conservation purposes with Metropolitan for the 635 acres of Metropolitan-owned land. Reclamation would design, construct and maintain approximately 461 acres of cottonwood-willow and 167 acres of honey mesquite habitat land cover types.
TIME LIMITS AND REVIEW In accordance with time limits mandated by State law, the Draft EA/IS-ND will be made available for a 30-day public review period, which begins October 9, 2018 and ends November 9, 2018 (comments should be postmarked by November 9, 2018).
During this period, the Draft EA/IS-ND will be available for review at the following locations:
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Library and Records Retention Center
700 North Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Palo Verde Valley District Library
125 West Chancelor Way
Blythe, CA 92225
El Centro Public Library
1140 North Imperial Avenue
El Centro, CA 92243
Please send written comments to Metropolitan and include a name and telephone number of the contact person, Attention: Ms. Vikki Dee Bradshaw, The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Environmental Planning Section, 700 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Electric comments may also be submitted via e-mail to: EPT@mwdh2o.com Reference: Dennis Underwood Conservation Area Draft EA/IS-ND in the subject line.
If you require additional information, please contact Ms. Rebecca De Leon at 213-217-6337.