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1. The State Water Resources Control Board, on February 16, 1995 adopted the APolicy for Implementing the State Revolving Fund for Construction of Wastewater Treatment Facilities@ (SRF Policy), and amended it on January 18, 1996;

2. The State Water Resources Control Board, on September 19, 1996, adopted the FFY 1997 SRF Loan Program Priority List which included the McKinleyville Community Services District=s Disposal Facilities Project in Priority Class D;

3. The Division of Clean Water Programs has approved the project report, environmental documents, draft revenue program, and water conservation plan for the Disposal Capacity Expansion project;

4. The McKinleyville Community Services District Board of Directors approved an Addendum to the Final EIR and re-certified the Final EIR (State Clearinghouse No. 911232032) which had been reviewed and considered and it has been determined that:

(a) All significant adverse environmental impacts occurring as a primary result of physical improvements to the wastewater treatment facility, irrigation with treated wastewater, or installation of pipelines and irrigation systems will be eliminated or substantially lessened with implementation of the identified mitigation measures which are adopted as part of the proposed project.

(b) As stated in the EIR, the project may result in population growth. This growth may result in significant and unavoidable growth inducing secondary impacts with respect to:

(i) traffic - increased population will result in traffic congestion at several intersections; (ii) biology - The Coastal Terrace prairie community will be reduced and habitat destruction will adversely impact various plant and animal species and the individual biological impacts will be cumulative on a regional basis; (iii) visual aesthetics - development will fill open areas of the community, degrading the aesthetic environment; and (iv) utilities and services - schools will become overcrowded as development occurs.

The SWRCB hereby adopts the following statement of overriding considerations to address the unmitigable impacts within its jurisdiction that may potentially occur from approval of the project:

1. Upon due consideration of the restrictions and hardships imposed on the community due to a District sewer hook-up moratorium in response to a pending cease and desist order from the RWQCB, of the capacity limitations of the current wastewater treatment system, and of the imminent danger of NPDES violations, the SWRCB finds that implementation of the Sewer Capacity Expansion Project will result in sufficient additional effluent disposal capacity to meet the needs of planned growth, will negate the need for a sewer hook-up moratorium, and will lessen potential violations of the NPDES permit; and

2. In balancing the project benefits against the potential significant secondary impacts regarding traffic, biology, visual aesthetics, and utilities and services, the SWRCB finds the public benefits of the project outweigh the unavoidable impacts and, therefore, determines that the impacts are acceptable.

(c) Changes or alterations have been required in, or incorporated into the project which avoid or substantially lessen the other potentially significant environmental impacts identified in the EIR with respect to the following aspects of the project; (i) wetland impacts which will be mitigated by requiring a 30-foot grading setback from any identified wetlands and trenching, if required, only during the summer with backfill restored to pre-project conditions; (ii) cultural resource impacts which will be mitigated by halting construction activities in the area of the find and by consulting an archaeologist; (iii) erosion impacts which will be mitigated by constructing a 50-foot irrigation setback from the bluff edge, adjacent to the Mad River; and (iv) water quality impacts which will be mitigated by appointing a water reclamation supervisor to monitor operation of all irrigation systems using reclaimed water, complying with regulatory requirements, and setting application rates to prevent crop nutrient overloading.

(d) With respect to other potentially significant environmental impacts identified in the EIR, appropriate changes or alterations are within the jurisdiction of other public agencies. Such other changes or alterations have been adopted or should be adopted by such other agencies.


The State Water Resources Control Board approves a SRF loan of $440,000 to the McKinleyville CSD for the construction of the Disposal Capacity Expansion project, with the following provisions:

a) the repayment period is twenty (20) years;

b) the first repayment is due one (1) year after completion of construction; and

c) this preliminary loan commitment will expire if biddable plans and specifications are not received by June 1, 1997, unless the Division approves a ninety (90) day extension for good cause.


The undersigned, Administrative Assistant to the Board, does hereby certify that the foregoing is a full, true and correct copy of a resolution duly and regularly adopted at a meeting of the State Water Resources Control Board held on March 20, 1997.


Maureen Marche

Administrative Assistant to the Board