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Topics: Sacramento County, California, Construction, Sacramento, California Pages: 268 (42923 words) Published: October 10, 2013
2013

Arroyo Seco Twin Cities
Utility Line Project
FINAL Initial Study/
Mitigated Negative Declaration
State Clearinghouse # 2013022035

Final Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Arroyo Seco Twin Cities Utility Line Project

Lead Agency:
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
6201 S Street, MS B203
Sacramento, CA 95817-1899
or
P.O. Box 15830 MS B203
Sacramento, CA 95852-1830
Attn: Emily Bacchini
(916) 732-6334 or Emily.bacchini@smud.org

Arroyo Seco Twin Cities Utility Line Project

April 15, 2013

Introduction
This document has been prepared to evaluate Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s (SMUD) Proposed Project for compliance under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). SMUD is the lead agency responsible for complying with the provisions of CEQA. SMUD proposes the Arroyo Seco Twin Cities Utility Line Project (also referred to as “the Proposed Project”) to provide electrical power and telecommunication lines to an existing cellular tower along Twin Cities Road, in Sacramento County, California.

Project Description
The Proposed Project would consist of installing approximately 7,260 feet (1.38 miles) of overhead and underground utility lines to provide power and telecommunication to an existing cellular tower. As part of the Proposed Project, 13 new utility poles and 3 pull boxes would be installed. Approximately 3,422 feet of utility lines would be installed overhead and the remaining 3,838 feet would be installed underground in 4-inch diameter conduit. Construction of the Proposed Project is anticipated to commence after April 15, 2013 and extend throughout the dry season until September 15, 2013.

Findings
As lead agency for compliance with CEQA requirements, SMUD finds that the Proposed Project would be implemented without causing a significant adverse impact on the environment. Mitigation measures for potential impacts associated with biological resources, cultural resources, geology and soils, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology and water quality, noise, and mandatory findings of significance would be implemented as part of SMUD’s Proposed Project description, and are included within the attached Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program (see Table 2).

Cumulative Impacts
CEQA requires that SMUD assess whether its Proposed Project’s incremental effects are significant when viewed in connection with the effects of other projects. Based on the analysis presented in this Initial Study (IS)/Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND), the Proposed Project would not contribute incrementally to considerable environmental changes when considered in combination with other projects in the area. This decision was made due to: (1) potential environmental effects of the Proposed Project were determined to be less than significant; and (2) all identified potentially significant impacts would be mitigated to a less-than-significant level.

Growth-Inducing Impacts
SMUD exists as a public agency to supply electricity and has an obligation to serve its existing customers and new development approved by Sacramento County. SMUD does not designate April 2013

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where and what new development may occur. The presence of the new utility lines would not induce population growth; it would accommodate the electrical service needs of the cellular tower. Therefore, SMUD projects are not considered to be “growth inducing,” as defined by CEQA. In addition, SMUD’s Proposed Project would not cause increased demand on public infrastructure, public services, housing, circulation, or other resources.

Determination
On the basis of this evaluation, SMUD concludes:
a. The Proposed Project would not have the potential to degrade the quality of the environment, substantially...

References: February 15, 2013
PUBLIC REVIEW PROCESS
This draft IS/MND is being circulated for a 30-day public review period (CEQA Guidelines
Section 15073) to all individuals who have requested a copy, local libraries (Sacramento Central
Board of Directors meetings are held at SMUD’s Headquarters (6201 S Street, Sacramento, CA
95817-1899) and are open to the public
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