Alta South Wind Energy Project (Project); California Endangered Species Act (CESA) Incidental Take Permit (ITP) No. 2081-2013-017-04, Major Amendment No. 1

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Summary

SCH Number
2008121044
Lead Agency
Kern County
Document Title
Alta South Wind Energy Project (Project); California Endangered Species Act (CESA) Incidental Take Permit (ITP) No. 2081-2013-017-04, Major Amendment No. 1
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Received
Posted
10/11/2013
Present Land Use
Zoned: A-1 (Limited Agriculture) and E 20 (Estate Residential, 20 acres) Designated: 1.1 (State or Federal Land); 8.3 (Extensive Ag, 20 acre min); 8.4 (Mineral and Petroleum, Minimum 5 Acre Size); 8.5 (Resource Management, min 20 acre); 1.1/2.4 (Steep Slope); 8.4 /2.4; 8.5 /2.5 (Flood Hazard)

Document Description
The Project consists of a Major Amendment to the CESA ITP referenced above as originally issued by CDFW to Alta Wind X, LLC; Alta Wind XI, LLC; Alta Wind XIII, LLC; Alta Wind XIV, LLC (Permittees) for the Alta South Wind Energy Project in May 2013. The ITP as originally issued authorizes take of Bakersfield cactus (Opuntia basilaris var. treleaasei) and desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii), species designated as endangered and threatened, respectively, under CESA, Major Amendment No. 1 revised the Project Description in order to separate the Project into two sequential construction phases and also fixes an error in the amount of listed on-site temporary habitat impacts. Phase 1 of the Project will consist of the construction of a 4.75-mile long portion of the total 7.6-mile, 230-kilovolt (kV) generation tie line and its associated access roads. Phase 2 of the Project will include the construction of all remaining Project components, including the remaining 2.85-mile generation tie line, 37 WTGs, 2 collector substations, meteorological towers, on-site and off-site access roads, fencing, communication cables, collection systems and laydown area. CDFW issued the original ITP and approved Major Amendment No. 1 as a responsible agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) relying on an Environmental Impact Report (EIR), EIR Addendum and Supplemental EIR prepared and certified from the Project by the lead agency, County of Kern.

Contact Information
Lori Bono
Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW)
Central Region 1234 East Shaw Avenue
Fresno, CA 93710

Phone : (559) 243-4014

Location

Coordinates
35°0'4"N 118°21'0"W
Cities
Mojave Tehachapi
Counties
Kern
Cross Streets
The project is located west of Highway 14 and on the north and south side of Highway 58 Mojave
Zip
93501, 560
Total Acres
9,780
Parcel #
Multiple
State Highways
SR 58 & SR 14
Railways
No
Airports
No
Schools
No
Waterways
Los Angeles Aquaduct
Township
Multi
Range
Multi
Section
Multi
Base
SBB&M
Other Location Info
City/Nearest Community: Twin Oaks & Walker Basin

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
CDFW
Approving Agency Role
Responsible Agency
Approved On
Final Environmental Document Available at
Kern County 2700 M Street, Suite 100, Bakersfield CA 93301

Determinations

(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
No
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
Yes
(2b) A Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
No
(2c) An other document type was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
No
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
No
(4) A mitigation reporting or monitoring plan was adopted for this project
N/A
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
No
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
Yes
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