Finding of No Signficant Impact Statement for the Rehabilitation of a Water Distribution System, Sequoia National Park
The National Park Service (NPS) prepared an environmental assessment/ assessment of effect (EA/AoE) that analyzed long-term options for addressing deficiencies in the existing water system that serves the Giant Forest, Wolverton, Lodgepole, Wuksachi, and the Red Fir maintenance area, within Sequoia National Park. The finding of no significant impact (FONSI), the non-impairment determination, and EA/AoE constitutes the record of the environmental impact analysis and decision-making process for this project. The FONSI and the non-impairment determination are attached below.
The intent of the environmental document was to develop a comprehensive water system design and rehabilitation plan prioritized by the most critical needs. The NPS will implement alternative C, the management- and environmentally-preferred alternative as described in the Rehabilitation of a Water System EA/AoE. The EA/AoE evaluated the environmental impacts associated with the full development of all project components identified in the alternative. Project components would occur in phases and be implemented as funding becomes available.
The project considers actions that require obtaining federal permits and permits from the state of California; therefore, the environmental document was prepared to satisfy the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). In addition, the process and documentation required for preparation of this environmental document will be used to comply with section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), resulting in an EA/AoE.