Notice of Availability of and Intent to Adopt Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Twin Lakes Church Pilot Recharge Well Project

September 12, 2018

A pilot recharge well to be located at the Twin Lakes Church campus at 2701 Cabrillo College Drive in Aptos, California. Twin Lakes Church occupies an approximately 16-acre parcel (Assessor Parcel Number 037 251 19). The Twin Lakes Church site has church buildings, a children’s center and school, and a gymnasium. The southeastern portion of the site where the Project would be located includes parking lots, an earthen and grass sports field, and urban wooded areas. The Project would be located in an undeveloped wooded area adjacent to a parking lot. The Twin Lakes Church site is accessed via Highway 1, Park Avenue, Soquel Drive, and Cabrillo College Drive.


This notice has been prepared to notify agencies and interested parties that the Soquel Creek Water District (District) as the Lead Agency has prepared an Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration to provide the public and trustee agencies with information about the potential environmental effects of the Twin Lakes Church Pilot Recharge Well Project (Project). The District proposes to design and construct one groundwater recharge pilot well on property owned by Twin Lakes Church. The primary purpose of the Project would be to confirm the recharge and extraction rates for a groundwater replenishment well at the pilot well location, determine the recharge capacity of the well, and collect soil and groundwater samples for geochemical and hydrogeologic analysis of the aquifer.

The pilot well would be located within an unenclosed, 4-square-foot footprint. The construction footprint would be approximately 20,000 square feet, and temporary fencing would be installed. Upon completion, the above-ground portion of the pilot well would be a 14-inch diameter stainless steel capped pipe protruding approximately 3 feet above the ground surface. The pilot well would be drilled to a depth of approximately 1,000 feet. Two additional steel pipes approximately 4 inches in diameter and 3 feet above the ground surface would be located adjacent to the 14-inch diameter pipe to assist with well development and testing. Recharge testing of the pilot well would be conducted in 3 tests, and the duration of each test would be 72 hours. The testing period would occur over an approximately 4-week period. After the testing is completed, the pilot well would be capped and the temporary fencing would be removed.


Key milestones for project implementation are summarized as follows:

  • Complete Environmental Review: Fall 2018
  • Develop Bid Construction Documents: Fall 2018
  • Begin Construction: Winter 2019
  • Complete Construction: Spring 2019
  • Pilot Well Testing: Summer 2019


Pursuant to the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act, an Initial Study was prepared for the Project. The Initial Study describes the environmental impacts of the proposed Project, and suggests mitigation measures where necessary to reduce to a less-than-significant level impacts related to biological resources and cultural and tribal cultural resources. Testing of the pilot recharge well during Project operation would not generate significant impacts. Proposed mitigations will be implemented into the Project to ensure that the Project will not generate a significant adverse impact on the environment during construction. Based on this assessment, a Mitigated Negative Declaration has been prepared.


The Draft Initial Study / Mitigated Negative Declaration are available for review at: 

Online: Draft Initial Study / Mitigated Negative Declaration (.pdf 4MB)
In Person: Soquel Creek Water District located at 5180 Soquel Drive, Soquel

In accordance with Section 15073 of the State CEQA Guidelines, this Mitigated Negative Declaration is available for public review for 30 days from: September 12, 2018 through October 12, 2018. Written comments must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. October 12, 2018. Please address comments to:

Melanie Mow Schumacher, P.E.
Special Projects-Communications Manager
Twin Lakes Church Pilot Recharge Well Project CEQA
c/o UPS Store
4041 Soquel Drive, Ste. A-501
Soquel, CA 95073-3105

or by email to:

In addition, written and oral comments on the Draft IS/MND will be taken at the October 2, 2018 Board Meeting. Meetings begin at 6pm.

Location:  Soquel Creek Water District Board Meeting Capitola City Council Chambers ,420 Capitola Avenue, Capitola, CA 95010 


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