The Project includes the modification of the existing Barren Ridge Renewable Transmission Line along the 34-mile section of the existing 230kV transmission line corridor within Kern County. Construction activities will include improvement along existing access roads, establishing work areas and ancillary sites to support construction activities, removal of existing transmission structures and footings, construction of new transmission structure footings and erection of new transmission structures -including stringing towers, and restoration of temporary disturbance areas used exclusively for removal /installation of transmission structures.
The Project will result in permanent and temporary impacts throughout the Project Area to desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizzii), Mohave ground squirrel (Xerospermophilus mohavensis), and western Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia), collectively the Covered Species. The Project is expected to result in incidental take of desert tortoise and Mohave ground squirrel which are designated as threatened species under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA) in addition to western Joshua tree, a CESA candidate threatened species. Permittee will mitigate through permanent protection and long-term management of 245.11 acres of compensatory habitat for the Covered Species. The ITP referenced above as issued by CDFW authorizes incidental take of these species listed under CESA that may occur as a result of Project implementation.