The San Mateo Resource Conservation District (RCD), as Lead Agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), issued a Notice of Exemption for the San Mateo County Parks Water Distribution and Infrastructure Projects. The project is exempt under CEQA according to Class 1, Section 15301: Existing Facilities, and Class 2, Section 15302: Replacement or Reconstruction. The project will replace existing waterlines that have deteriorated and caused catastrophic leaks in the Memorial Park water system. There will be no expansion of use for the Memorial Park water system through this project. The updated pipelines will meet the current standards of public health and safety.
This project will improve water security for Memorial County Park, located in upper Pescadero Creek Watershed, San Mateo County. The goal of this project is to replace the Memorial Park water mainline, Sequoia Flat campground water mainline and distribution pipelines and Wurr Road campground water pipeline which have experienced catastrophic leaks in recent years. The project goals will be accomplished by using open-cut trenching techniques/directional boring to install new HDPE pipelines and fixtures. This project will also help protect streamflow in Pescadero Creek, especially during the summer months when stream flows are at their lowest levels and will protect habitat for native steelhead trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) and coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch).
The Notice of Exemption and Certificate of Determination of Exemption/Exclusion from Environmental Review can be found on the Office of Planning and Research CEQAnet Web Portal here (State Clearinghouse Number 2021030177).