Regional Water Supply Project (RWSP) Gary King, P.E., Engineering Manager Todd Jordan, P.E., Project Engineer
Meeting Agenda • Meeting Purpose • Project Overview • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Overview/Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Scoping • Comments
1. Meeting Purpose • CEQA public disclosure process • 1st Step = Notice of Preparation (NOP) • Goal: seek public agency and stakeholder input on scope of the Environmental Impact Report
2. Project Overview • Background • Purpose and Objectives • Nevada Irrigation District (NID) Service Area • Proposed Project • Components • Parker Dam is not part of this project
Project Background • 2003 – 2005 Siting Study • 2008 – 2012 Planning and Predesign, including Environmental Constraints Analysis
Project Purpose & Objectives • Project Purpose • Provide treated water to the portion of the City of Lincoln which is within the Nevada Irrigation District (NID) boundary using NID water on NID lands. • Primary Objectives • Supply potable water. • Provide raw water storage for unexpected fluctuation, variations in water quality, and water supply emergencies. • Provide potable water storage to accommodate anticipated diurnal demand fluctuations, fire protection, and emergencies. • Construct potable water facilities that meet or exceed California Department of Public Health (CDPH) drinking water standards. • Increase operational flexibility, redundancy, capacity and reliability. • Increase the reliability of the City’s treated water supply.
California Environmental Quality Act • Overview • Process • Schedule • Public Noticing • Notice of Preparation/EIR Scoping
CEQA Overview CEQA is triggered by Discretionary Action of Public Agency (i.e. RWSP is subject to Approval by NID Board) • Lead Agency = Nevada Irrigation District • Some of the Responsible Agencies are: • City of Lincoln, Placer County, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Air Resources Board, Regional Water Quality Control Board, Placer County, City of Lincoln and among many others.
CEQA Process Public Participation is Encouraged (3 key Public Review Periods) • Notice of Preparation = 30 day public review period – August 15-September 19, 2014. • All written comments must be received by September 19, 2014 at 5pm. • Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) = 45 day public review period and public hearing – Estimated to be June-July, 2015 • Final EIR = 10 day public review period and public hearing – Estimated to be October, 2015
Public Noticing CEQA Requires one of the following for Public Noticing: NID completed all three for this Notice of Preparation • Publish, • Post, or • Direct Mailing CEQA Guidelines §15087 • Published – • 3 journals • NID website (www.nidwater.com) • Posted Notices at: • Nevada Irrigation District Offices • Nevada County Clerk • Placer County Clerk • Lincoln City Hall Nevada County Library (both locations) • Placer County Library (Auburn) • City of Lincoln Library (Lincoln) • Direct Mailing to: • 380 stakeholders
Notice of Preparation (NOP)EIR Scoping • The purpose of scoping is to help ensure comprehensive and focused EIR with a firm basis for the decision-making process. • NOP determine focus and content of EIR • Range of actions, alternatives, environmental effects, and mitigation measures • Allows elimination of issues if not pertinent to the final decision • Bring together and address: • publicconcerns • affected agencies, • other interested parties. • Public/Agency ID of Significant issues
EIR Scope To Include Assessments of: • Aesthetic and Visual Resources; • Agriculture; • Air Quality; • Biological Aquatic and Fisheries Resources; • Biological Terrestrial Resources; • Cultural Resources; • Geology and Soils; • Greenhouse Gas Emissions; • Hazardous Waste and Materials; • Hydrology and Water Quality; • Land Use; • Noise; • Population and Housing; • Public Services and Utilities; • Recreation; and • Transportation and Traffic.
Selection of Alternatives • CEQA Guidelines §15126.6 -- Alternatives should: • Feasibly meet basic objectives of project • Avoid/substantially lessen significant effects • “Rule of Reason” • Consider: • site suitability, economic viability, availability of infrastructure, General Plan consistency, etc.
Potential Project Alternatives • Alternatives under consideration: • Alternatives w/in the Project • Alternative Pipeline Alignments • Alternate Raw Water Reservoir Site • Alternate WTP Site • Alternatives to the Project • No Project or Project Denial • PCWA/Ophir Alternative • Bear River Pump Station
Comments and Questions? Comments and Inputs Welcome • To capture the intent and purpose of your comments please complete a comment card or write NID at: Lisa Francis Tassone, Board Secretary Nevada Irrigation District, 1036 West Main Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org • Project website: NIDregionalwatersupply.org • NID website: www.nidwater.com
Project Components Raw Water Pipeline Hydropower Site (typ) Cross River Penstock Big Hill Reservoir Valley View WTP Site 49 Backup Water Supply Treated Water Pipeline Metering Station