Draft Environmental Assessment, Retaining Walls Construction, Well Houses Fireproofing, & Road Hardening Project, Pauma Valley, California (September 2013)
Draft Environmental Assessment, Retaining Walls Construction, Well Houses Fireproofing, & Road Hardening Project, Pauma Valley, California (September 2013) -- The La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians Reservation (Reservation) is located in Pauma Valley along the southern slopes of Mount Palomar in northern San Diego County, California (Figure 1). Approximately 92 percent of the 9,998-acre Reservation burned in the Poomacha in the fall of 2007, resulting in a severe loss of vegetation throughout the Reservation. Because the Reservation’s topography features numerous steep slopes, debris flow and erosion during heavy rains have become major hazards effecting residences and critical infrastructure. The La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians (La Jolla Band) has applied to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds to implement infrastructure improvement projects at various locations on the Reservation. The proposed hazard mitigation improvements are related to Presidential Disaster declaration FEMA-1731-DR-CA, which was issued in October 2007 for widespread wildfires in southern California, including the Poomacha Fire that affected the Reservation. Approval of this funding is a federal action subject to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA); thus FEMA has prepared this Environmental Assessment (EA) in compliance with NEPA. This Draft EA has been prepared to analyze the potential consequences to the natural and human environment associated with the Proposed Action, the No Action Alternative, and other potential alternatives per the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (42 United States Code [USC] 55 parts 4321 et seq., 2000), the President’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) implementing regulations (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] 30 parts 1500 et seq., 2004), and 44 CFR Emergency Management and Assistance Ch. I Part 10.
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