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Environmental Documents

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City of Santa Cruz Water Department California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Documents

The California Environmental Quality Act requires local and state governments to consider the potential environmental effects of a project before deciding whether to approve it. CEQA's purpose is to disclose the potential impacts of a project, suggest methods to minimize those impacts, and discuss alternatives to the project so that decision makers will have full information upon which to base their decision. Types of CEQA documents and categories include:

  • Initial Study (IS): An analysis of a project's potential environmental effects and their relative significance. An initial study is preliminary to deciding whether to prepare a negative declaration or an EIR.
  • ExemptArticle 19 of CEQA outlines certain classes of projects that do not have a significant effect on the environment and are therefore declared categorically exempt from having to prepare environmental documents.
  • Negative Declaration/Mitigated Negative Declaration (ND/MND): When a project is not exempt from CEQA and will not have a significant adverse effect upon the environment a negative declaration must be prepared. The negative declaration is an informational document that describes the reasons why the project will not have a significant effect and proposes measures to completely mitigate or avoid any possible effects.
  • Environmental Impact Report (EIR): A detailed review of a proposed project, its potential adverse impacts upon the environment, measures that may avoid or reduce those impacts, and alternatives to the project.


For Current and Archived Projects please use the listing below. Utilize the filters on the drop down to select and view a specific state of the project.

Coast Pump Station Raw Water Pipeline Replacement Project

San Lorenzo River (5)

The proposed project would involve the replacement of a raw-water pipeline segment aligned under the San Lorenzo River in the city of Santa Cruz. Construction of the segment would use microtunneling to drill an approximately 225-foot west-to-east tunnel under the river within which the replacement 24-inch-diameter pipeline would be installed. This new pipeline would be connected to the existing raw water conveyance system on the east and west banks of the river, each side connected via approximately 150 feet of pipe using open trenching. The existing 20-inch-diameter steel pipeline segment would be capped and abandoned in place.

Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration, October 2, 2019

Addendum to the Initial Study and Negative Declaration, June 10, 2020

Initial Study and Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration, August 5, 2019

Notice of Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration

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