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Categorical Exclusion Determinations
To further transparency and openness in its implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process, the Presidio Trust documents its Categorical Exclusion (CE) determinations involving the categories of actions identified in Section 1010.7 of the Trust’s NEPA regulations. The CE database may be searched by planning district, project type, CE applied, or the year initiated. The database is updated approximately monthly. For additional information on the Trust’s NEPA compliance program, email N2@presidiotrust.gov.
 
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Project Description
Project Number: 15-011
Project Name: East Mason Electric Undergrounding
Planning District: Crissy Field
Project Type: Infrastructure
CE Applied: Installation of underground utilities
CE Date: 1/13/2015
Project Description:
This project will relocate existing overhead electric distribution facilities into new and existing underground pathways in Mason Street. The project facilitates future rehabilitation of the Mason Street warehouses (buildings 1182 through 1188), and supports the Trust’s policy to remove overhead electric service where feasible and beneficial. The new underground alignment consists of two 4-inch conduits from the existing electric vault in Mason Street just west of building 1185 to a new electric vault at the west end of building 1188. The alignment will be constructed by typical open cut excavation methods. Traffic controls may reduce traffic to a single lane around the work zone with flaggers directing one-way traffic. Excavated soil will be reused as backfill with any excess or non-reusable soil disposed offsite. The project is largely outside of archaeologically sensitive areas, forested or natural areas, remediation zones and trails. The railway alignment, a historic feature in the project vicinity, will be avoided.

Project Number: 15-012
Project Name: Building 38 3rd Floor Tenant Improvement
Planning District: Main Post
Project Type: Rehabilitation/TI
CE Applied: Rehabilitation or improvement of historic properties
CE Date: 1/13/2015
Project Description:
This project will provide new office space for a subtenant on the third floor (attic) of historic building 38 (Barracks/Sixth Army Headquarters, built 1940). The work includes construction of new interior partitions, doors; and installation of new lighting fixtures, carpet and painting. The project will not alter or damage existing historic finishes including original perimeter walls, windows, bull nosed window sills, concrete posts, and tile detailing found at the base of some walls and posts.

Project Number: 15-013
Project Name: Building 39 Café Renovation
Planning District: Main Post
Project Type: Rehabilitation/TI
CE Applied: Rehabilitation or improvement of historic properties
CE Date: 1/13/2015
Project Description:
This project will renovate the café in the building for the same purpose. The scope of work includes removing the freestanding wood benches (furniture) and adding chairs in their place, reupholstering the existing banquette, replacing the existing counter with a new smaller movable counter, and adding new paint. No additional mechanical, electrical or plumbing are proposed and no impact on historic fabric is expected.

Project Number: 15-009
Project Name: Goat Grazing at Central Magazine, Building 1469 and Battery Dynamite
Planning District: South Hills
Project Type: Landscaping/Site Work
CE Applied: Landscaping and landscape maintenance
CE Date: 1/9/2015
Project Description:
For the past few years, goats currently impounded on the golf course have been used as an alternative method of vegetation management (12-031) . The goat herd will be brought to Central Magazine (buildings 1470 and 1471), the nearby historic reservoir (building 1469) and Battery Dynamite to clear areas completely overgrown with a variety of plants including non-native blackberry, English ivy, and poison oak. Goat grazing is expected to reveal hidden hazards (such as vaults) so that they can be mitigated and to possibly adjust existing fences to allow for greater public access in the future. At Central Magazine and building 1469, only minimal additional non-electrified fencing will be necessary to control the goats. At Battery Dynamite, a long run of new control fencing will be required to prevent the goats from leaving the battery and entering the compost area of the Fort Scott corporate yard. Bird nesting surveys will be conducted as warranted.

Project Number: 15-010
Project Name: Presidio Golf Course Driving Range Netting Modifications
Planning District: South Hills
Project Type: Golf Course
CE Applied: Replacement of minor structures and facilities
CE Date: 1/9/2015
Project Description:
This project will modify the Presidio Golf Course’s existing driving range netting (08-049) in response to a player injury that occurred late last year along the 1st fairway. The current height and position of the netting will be supplemented to reduce risk to public safety in the future. Three existing poles adjacent to the 1st hole will be extended by 15 feet and four 65-foot tall poles and 200 linear feet of netting will be added to the back of the driving range. This will lengthen the range from its current location by approximately 20 yards. One large cypress tree (#265) will be removed and several other trees will be pruned to facilitate location of new netting. Current poles and netting will be left in place in anticipation of the current tree line providing ultimate protection once they reach maturity.

Project Number: 15-008
Project Name: Mountain Lake Aeration Facility
Planning District: South Hills
Project Type: Vegetation Restoration
CE Applied: Removal of non-threatened or endangered species
CE Date: 12/30/2014
Project Description:
The construction of an aeration facility for Mountain Lake was proposed as part of the Mountain Lake Enhancement Project and evaluated in the Mountain Lake Environmental Assessment. The facility is needed in order to remove algal blooms that will continue to grow until plant life has been well established and can aerate the lake naturally. This project is for the installation of a concrete pad, air compressor, and underground electrical conduit for the facility on city property near the corner of Funston Avenue and Lake Street. The air compressor will be mounted on top of the concrete pad in a self-contained cabinet. The cabinet will be located behind storage containers without designated trails or access. The Trust obtained a CEQA exemption for the project from the city’s Planning Department.

Project Number: 15-007
Project Name: Building 38 2nd Floor Tenant Improvements
Planning District: Main Post
Project Type: Rehabilitation/TI
CE Applied: Rehabilitation or improvement of historic properties
CE Date: 12/22/2014
Project Description:
This project will provide new office space for Bare Snacks (tenant) on the second floor of historic building 38 (Barracks/Sixth Army Headquarters, built 1940). The work includes selective demolition of non-historic book shelves; construction of new interior partitions, interior office windows, doors, frames and hardware; and new lighting fixtures, carpet and painting. The project will not alter or damage existing historic finishes including original perimeter walls, windows, bull nosed window sills, concrete posts, and tile detailing found at the base of some walls and posts.

Project Number: 15-005
Project Name: Building 385 Landscape Rehabilitation
Planning District: Main Post
Project Type: Landscaping/Site Work
CE Applied: Landscaping and landscape maintenance
CE Date: 12/12/2014
Project Description:
This project will rehabilitate a small (3,000-square foot) lawn on the north side of building 385 (built 1955) along Moraga Avenue and west of the entrance walk. The work includes removing the lawn and altering existing irrigation to support an assortment of groundcovers and shrubs similar to the existing plantings, and three or four pine trees aligned with Moraga Avenue. The row of pine trees is consistent with the Community District treatment recommendations from the Main Post Cultural Landscape Report. Originally the trees were Monterey pine (Pinus radiata), which is not readily available as a disease resistant variety. Cluster pine (Pinus piaster), which is very similar looking to Monterey pine and has recently been approved for use on the Presidio, will be used in its place. A total of 40 new plants, including the row of pines, will be arranged on-site. Additional plantings could fill in the site should funds become available.

Project Number: 15-006
Project Name: Fog Harvest Pilot Project
Planning District: Fort Scott
Project Type: Research/Testing
CE Applied: Research, monitoring, inventorying, and information gathering
CE Date: 12/12/2014
Project Description:
Fog harvesting is a technique of pulling water out of the air under favorable climatic conditions. It has been studied and used in foggy regions of the world for several decades, notably in Chile. Using a small-scale fog collection system, the Trust will investigate whether the typical fog that reaches the Battery Saffold/Battery Dynamite area could be captured to supplement water used to irrigate compost windrows at the Presidio compost facility between Battery Saffold and Battery Dynamite. The pilot will involve installation of up to 3 small-scale fog collectors, each consisting of a 1m by 1m mesh screen that is attached on either end to two poles. The poles will rest on top of the ground and be secured using guy wires, and sand bags if necessary. The amount of water collected from the screens will be monitored daily. At the end of the pilot, several variables will be accessed: the amount of water collected; an extrapolation of the potential amount of water collected by a larger scale system; the water storage capabilities of the site; the visual impact of the pilot screens; and the educational potential of this water.

Project Number: 15-004
Project Name: Building 215 Transit Café Renovation
Planning District: Main Post
Project Type: Rehabilitation/TI
CE Applied: Rehabilitation or improvement of non-historic properties
CE Date: 11/25/2014
Project Description:
This project will remodel the Transit Café at non-historic building 215 (built 2005). The remodel includes new equipment for self service foods, a new small storage room, changing lighting fixtures, repainting, new tables and chairs (interior and exterior), new umbrellas and removal of one small planted area to allow for clearer access to the main entry. The modifications will improve the flow within the café, and provide more food options and expedited customer service to its patrons. In order to provide continuity of food service during the 6- to 8-week construction period, the catering truck currently at the Golden Gate Club will be temporarily relocated to the grassy area west of the café. The catering truck will offer coffee, beverages and a limited food menu from early morning to early afternoon. The perimeter of the catering truck will be supported with 1-inch plywood to protect the roots of the adjacent stand of Cypress trees.

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