CEQA Reports

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The California Environmental Quality Act or "CEQA," requires state and local agencies to identify the significant environmental impacts of their actions and to avoid or mitigate those impacts, if feasible. When SMUD is designated as a "lead agency," meaning it is in charge of those projects, we are required to file CEQA reports and obtain public comments on the projects when available.

Below is information on current or planned SMUD projects requiring CEQA reports.

Final Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Station E Substation

Hazel Avenue Electrical Facilities Relocation and Expansion Project Final Recirculated Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration

Final Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for Arroyo Seco Twin Cities Utility Line Project

Hazel Avenue Electrical Facilities Relocation and Expansion Project Final Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration

Addendum Solano Wind Project Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report #2

Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for Station A Network 1 Reconductor Project

Final Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration Available for Sacramento Municipal Utility District Nature Preserve Mitigation Bank Project

Final Environmental Impact Report Available for Sacramento Municipal Utility District East Campus - Operation Center Project

Solano Wind Project Phase 3



Final Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Station E Substation

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has prepared a Final Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration addressing the potential environmental effects of constructing and operating the Station E Substation Project (Proposed Project), located in the City of Sacramento in Sacramento County, California. The Proposed Project consists of installing a new substation with overhead and underground utility lines, steel structures, and electrical equipment to replace an existing substation. The Proposed Project would replace the existing North City Substation, which was constructed in the 1950s and has reached its planned operational end of life. The Proposed Project would meet SMUD's performance objectives by locating the new substation near the load center of the existing service area.

The Proposed Project would involve replacing the existing North City substation with a new substation and corresponding supporting infrastructure on an approximately 15.42 acre parcel. The Proposed Project includes dismantling the existing substation after the new substation enters operation. The Proposed Project does not include any future planned or proposed land uses on the existing substation site. The Proposed Project includes an expansion of capacity at the substation by 20,000,000 volt amperes (20MVA), would serve the same service territory as the existing North City Substation and step down transmission line voltage from 115 kilovolts (kV) to 21kV through power transformers. The existing seven 115kV overhead and underground transmission lines and seven 21kV overhead and underground distribution lines would be transitioned from the existing substation to the location of the new substation.



Hazel Avenue Electrical Facilities Relocation and Expansion Project Final Recirculated Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration

Sacramento Municipal Utility District has prepared a Recirculated Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration addressing the potential environmental effects of constructing and operating a neighborhood distribution substation that would relocate and expand an existing substation in order to accommodate the County of Sacramento's Hazel Avenue Widening Project.

SMUD is considering two optional locations for the proposed relocated substation. The proposed substation would be at the 4700 block of Hazel Avenue, which is situated on the west side of Hazel Avenue in between Sunset Avenue and Timm Avenue, in the community of Fair Oaks, in Sacramento County, California. The proposed project would also consist of dismantling an existing substation located at 4665 Hazel Avenue and altering the proposed alignment for the overhead 69kV subtransmission line that would connect to the relocated substation.


Final Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for Arroyo Seco Twin Cities Utility Line Project

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has prepared an Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration addressing the potential environmental effects of constructing a new overhead and underground utility line to provide electricity to an existing cellular tower.

The Arroyo Seco Twin Cities Utility Line Project (Proposed Project) would be located near the unincorporated community of Herald, Sacramento County, California. The Proposed Project would consist of installing approximately 7,260 feet (1.38 miles) of overhead and underground utility lines from an existing utility pole to an existing 145-foot cellular tower on the north side of Twin Cities Road, east of Clay Station Road. As part of this 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. The underground trenching would occur within a five-foot wide utility easement and the overhead utility pole installation would occur within a ten-foot wide utility easement. The Proposed Project includes a 25-foot buffer area around the boundary of the utility easement to provide for construction equipment, lay down areas, and staging areas. Construction of new utility line is anticipated to occur between May 2013 and September 15, 2013.


Hazel Avenue Electrical Facilities Relocation and Expansion Project Final Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration

Sacramento Municipal Utility District has prepared an Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration addressing the potential environmental effects of dismantling an existing substation and constructing a new, replacement substation, and altering the proposed alignment for the overhead 69,000-volt (69kV) subtransmission line in order to accommodate the County of Sacramento's Hazel Avenue Widening Project.

The existing Hazel-Timm substation at 4665 Hazel Avenue in the community of Fair Oaks, Sacramento County, California, would be relocated approximately 600 feet to the north to 4733 and 4737 Hazel Avenue. The new, relocated and expanded substation would be called the Hazel-Sunset substation. In addition, as part of the relocation, the new substation location would include sufficient space to accommodate the future expansion of capacity from a single 20-MVA transformer to two 20-MVA transformers as electricity demand increases in the service area.

Construction of the new substation is anticipated to start in spring 2013 and would continue for approximately 5 months. Once the new substation is operational, the dismantling of the old substation would require approximately 3 months starting in fall 2013. Dismantling of the old substation would not start until the new substation is energized and in-service. The proposed change in the subtransmission line extension over Hazel Avenue will occur in spring 2014. Phase I from the American River Bridge to Sunset Avenue would occur in spring 2014, followed by Phase II from Sunset Ave. to Madison Ave. Each phase, replacing the poles and subtransmission line, would require approximately 1 month.


Addendum Solano Wind Project Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report #2

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has prepared an Addendum to the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report #2 (FSEIR #2) for the Solano Wind Project (Phase 1 & 2).

The Addendum to the FSEIR #2 discloses the lack of potential environmental effects of associated with revising the biological resource mitigation measures for avian impacts proposed in the FSEIR #2. The addendum proposed to use mitigation bank credits that provides for long-term protection of special-status avian species and habitats impacted by the development of Solano Wind Project Phase 1 & 2.


Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for Station A Network 1 Reconductor Project

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has issued this Notice of Intent of the Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) for the SMUD Station A Network 1 Reconductor Project. The purpose of the MND is to identify the potentially significant effects on the environment from the Project; to identify mitigation measures for those potential effects on the Project; and to indicated the manner in which significant effects can be mitigated or avoided. SMUD is the Lead Agency for the Project, including the preparation of the MND. As required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), under Division 13 of the California Public Resource Code, the Draft MND is being circulated to responsible State and federal agencies and made available to the public for a 30-day review period. This Notice of Intent announces the completion of the Draft MND, where it can be reviewed; the date, time and location of the public meeting and public hearing; and the starting and end date of the public review period.

SMUD proposes the Station A Network 1 Reconductor Project in order to upgrade and replace existing conduit and 12-kilovolt electric lines that connect the substation, Station A, to the 12-KV underground lines at the manhole at 7th and K streets in downtown Sacramento, Ca. The project would consist of installing approximately 1,850 linear feet of conduit in trenches, one 20-foot manhole/vault and three 8-foot by 14-foot manholes through downtown Sacramento. The project route starts at Station A (substation) at 6th and H streets, heads south on 6th Street, turns east on J Street, and then turns south on 7th Street to tie into manhole MH-760 by K Street. A cut-over will be constructed at the intersection of 7th and J streets that will intercept the existing conduits. This project would be constructed in three phases over a period of 165 days.


Final Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration Available for Sacramento Municipal Utility District Nature Preserve Mitigation Bank Project

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has prepared a Final Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (FIS/MND) for the SMUD Nature Preserve Mitigation Bank project (Project).

The FIS/MND analyzes the potential environmental effects of constructing and operating the Project. The Project would establish the SMUD Nature Preserve Mitigation Bank (Proposed Project) on approximately 1,132 acres of SMUD-owned property located in southeastern Sacramento County. The Proposed Project will create a multi-species/multi-habitat mitigation bank that provides for long-term protection of special-status species and habitats found with SMUD's service territory (majority of Sacramento County and a portion of Placer County). Bank credits would be used to offset future unavoidable impacts to special-status species and their habitats, wetlands, and oak trees that could result from future public or private agency-approved projects. Elements of the Proposed Project will preserve, enhance, restore and create wetlands and special-status wildlife and plant habitats.


Final Environmental Impact Report Available for Sacramento Municipal Utility District East Campus - Operation Center Project

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has prepared a Final Draft Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the SMUD East Campus - Operations Center project (Project). The FEIR is being circulated to commenters and can be viewed on this Web site. A Revised Public Notice was mailed to nearby property owners that announces a change for one of the public meeting dates (see link below).

The Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) analyzes the potential environmental effects of constructing and operating the Project in Sacramento County. The EIR identifies potentially significant unmitigated environmental impacts for traffic and air quality. All other potential impacts have been determined to be less than significant after mitigation.

The Project would relocate the existing impacted Corporate Yard that is undersized, provide more efficient operations, and provide a central location to service SMUD's electric infrastructure. The Project would include offices, mechanical shops, maintenance and warehouse buildings, open storage space, fuel island and vehicle wash station, parking for visitors and employees, and flee vehicles. The Project is being designed as a U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Rating System with the goal of Platinum Certification.


Solano Wind Project Phase 3

In its continuing commitment to clean renewable power, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) proposes to construct and operate the third phase of the Solano Wind Project. SMUD operates and maintains an existing wind project in Solano County (phases 1 and 2) which has installed 102 megawatts (MWs) of wind energy since 2007. Phase 3 will add an additional maximum of 128 MW, totaling up to 230 MWs of clean renewable power.

The project consists of installing up to 75 wind turbine generators and associated facilities in the Montezuma Hill region of southern Solano County, southwest of the town of Rio Vista.

For more information, contact Jim Field, Project Manager, at (916) 732-6319.

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