Auburn Lake Trails Water Treatment Plant

Cool, California

Foothill Associates prepared a joint California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) document in support of securing a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Loan for improvements to the Auburn Trails Water Treatment Facility for the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District (PUD) located in El Dorado County, California. Our environmental planners prepared a combined CEQA Initial Study/ Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) and NEPA Environmental Assessment/ Finding of No Significant Impact (EA/FONSI). The Georgetown Divide PUD, as the CEQA Lead Agency, adopted the IS/MND and the USDA, as the NEPA Lead Agency, certified the decision record.


Foothill Associates biologists conducted resource assessment surveys facilitating CEQA compliance, as well as Section 7 Consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Biologists prepared the biological resources section of the CEQA IS/MND document; special-status species included California red-legged frog and northwest pond turtle.