Environmental Review

A Notice of Preparation (NOP) has been prepared to notify agencies and interested parties that the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District (Valley District) as the Lead Agency will prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for construction of the Sterling Natural Resource Center (SNRC).

The proposed project would construct a wastewater treatment facility in the City of Highland to treat wastewater generated within East Valley Water District (EVWD) service area, which is entirely within the Valley District service area. Currently, EVWD conveys that wastewater to the City of San Bernardino for secondary treatment at the San Bernardino Water Reclamation Plant and tertiary treatment at the Rapid Infiltration and Extraction (RIX) facility which discharges to the Santa Ana River.

The SNRC would produce tertiary treated recycled water for local use to benefit the community and region. The SNRC is proposed to be constructed on a 20-acre parcel of land, located at North Del Rosa Drive between East 5th Street and East 6th Street in the City of Highland. The treated water would be discharged to basins at the new treatment plant site, to existing basins currently operated by the City of Redlands, to City Creek, or to alternative locations. Proposed conveyance pipelines would be installed within existing rights-of-way. The NOP contains more information regarding the proposed project including drawings showing the location of the proposed new facilities.

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