Notice of Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration and Notice of Public Meeting Highline Water Pipeline Repair Project

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Montecito Water District (MWD), as lead agency, has completed an Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) and invites public comments on the adequacy and completeness of the environmental analysis described in the IS/MND. The Draft IS/MND will be available for public review and comment for a 21-day public review period from November 13, 2018 to December 3, 2018. The IS/MND was submitted to State Clearinghouse and a shortened review requested pursuant to Section 15105(d). All interested persons are encouraged to submit written comments by December 3, 2018 at 5:00 P.M. All letters should be addressed to:

Mr. Adam Kanold, P.E., Engineering Manager
Montecito Water District
583 San Ysidro Road, Montecito, California 93108

Project Description: MWD proposes to construct and operate the Highline Water Pipeline Repair Project to provide for permanent infrastructure restoration of the water conveyance system at three (3) sites within the Montecito Planning Area, Santa Barbara County, California. The three sites are: Site A (Cold Springs Creek), Site B (San Ysidro Creek), and Site C (Romero Canyon Creek). The project would involve the permanent repair of a 14-inch steel potable water transmission main (highline) servicing the community of Montecito and would replace temporary emergency repairs currently in place. The permanent repairs are needed to ensure no disruption in water service for firefighting and domestic water users within the District. The permanent repairs would involve an open trench excavation of each pipeline corridor across each of the creeks totaling 12-feet in width with an additional 8-feet for side cast and stockpiling. The depth of the excavation would total 7-feet for Site A, 7-feet for Site B, and 17-feet for Site C. Once excavated, the water main would be installed at the base of the trench and would be protected via the installation of a concrete pipe encasement structure under the streambed. The new water main segments would be connected to the existing intact water main above the streambed.

SiteStreet AddressLatitude/LongitudeTownship & RangeAPN
A1000 East Mountain DriveLatitude ˚N: 34.45355
Latitude ˚N: 34.453552
Section 12 Township 4N
Range 27W
APN 013-060-032
BNone. The nearest steet address is 803 Park Lane WestLatitude ˚N: 34.449161
Longitude W: -119.622673
Section 8 Township 4N
Range 26W
C1000 RomeroLatitude ºN: 34.447844Section 10 Township 4NAPN 155-030-055

Environmental Review Findings: MWD prepared a Draft IS/MND pursuant to the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act. Based on the discussion and analysis provided in the Draft IS/MND, it is anticipated that the proposed project would not cause any significant adverse impacts on the environment with inclusion of mitigation measures for the following: biology, cultural, geology, hydrology, noise, tribal and cultural resources, and utilities. Further, the three sites are not included on any lists of hazardous waste or disposal sites as enumerated under Section 65962.5 of the California Government Code.

Document Availability: The Draft IS/MND is available for public review at the Montecito Water District Office, 583 San Ysidro Road, Montecito, California 93108 during normal business hours. It is also posted online on the District's website: montecitowater.comLINK TO DOCUMENT.

NOTICE IS HEREBY FURTHER GIVEN that comments may also be given at the Public Meeting of MWD's Board of Directors to be held on November 20, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at MWD's Office located at 583 San Ysidro Road. MWD will hold a public meeting to receive testimonies, oral and written, and consider adoption of the Mitigated Negative Declaration at the meeting scheduled for:

Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Time: 9:30 A.M., or as soon thereafter as practicable
Location: Montecito Water District, 583 San Ysidro Road, Montecito, California 93108.

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