California High-Speed Train Project: Merced to Fresno Major Amendment No. 14 (California Endangered Species Act Incidental Take Permit No. 2081-2013-025-04)

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SCH Number
Lead Agency
California High Speed Rail Authority
Document Title
California High-Speed Train Project: Merced to Fresno Major Amendment No. 14 (California Endangered Species Act Incidental Take Permit No. 2081-2013-025-04)
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Document Description
The Project approved by CDFW consists of the ITP, Minor Amendment No. 1, Major Amendment No. 2, Major Amendment No. 3, Minor Amendment No. 4, Major Amendment No. 5, Major Amendment No. 6, Major Amendment No. 7, Major Amendment No. 8, Major Amendment No. 9, Major Amendment No. 10, Major Amendment No. 11, Major Amendment No. 12, Major Amendment No. 13 and this Major Amendment No. 14 as referenced above and as issued by CDFW, which addresses construction and operation of the Merced to Fresno segment of the HST, as approved by the lead agency, affecting or generally related to fish and wildlife resources subject to the regulatory authority of CDFW, including natural resources subject to the California Endangered Species Act (CESA). California tiger salamander (Ambystoma californiense, CTS), Swainson's hawk (Buteo swainsoni, SWHA), San Joaquin kit fox (Vulpes macrotis mutica, SJKF), and hairy Orcutt grass (Orcuttia pilosa, HaOrGr) (collectively, the Covered Species). CTS, SWHA, and SJKF are species designated as threatened and HaOrGr is designated as endangered under CESA. Major Amendment No. 14 makes ten changes to the ITP, as previously amended. Changes include: a correction to the southern end point reducing the total length from 27.01 miles to 26.92 miles and reduces the Project Construction Footprint by 2.19 acres to remove a remnant overlap with the California High-Speed Train Fresno Bakersfield Section ITP (No. 2081-2015-024-04). It also increases the size of the entire Project Construction Footprint by 15.28 acres for a net increase of 13.09 acres to a total of 2,257.33 acres of cumulative impact disturbance. The associated Covered Species impact acreages and associated mitigation requirements were increased accordingly. The increase in the Construction Footprint acres is necessary to accommodate utility relocation at 20 sites and access road work at two sites, one of which is also a utility relocation site for a total of 21 work sites in Madera County; updates Table 3 to include work on utilities as well as road modification; updates Table 4 to include County and separates the Latitude and Longitude into two columns; increases the Covered Species impacts to potential California tiger salamander, Swainson’s hawk and San Joaquin kit fox, habitat, and updates Table 5 accordingly; clarifies Condition of Approval 7.4; revises Condition of Approval 8.13.2; updates Table 6 and requires either the purchase of additional Covered Species credits or the permanent protection of additional HM lands and accompanying management costs to compensate for Covered Species impacts associated with the increase in the Construction Footprint as described in Condition of Approval 9; increases the Performance Security amount required; and revises the Baseline Map Book, Exhibit 5.

Contact Information

Laura Peterson-Diaz
Agency Name
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Contact Types
Responsible Agency


Fresno, Madera
Other Location Info
The Project includes the California High Speed Train (HST) alignment beginning at the intersection of Avenue 19 and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway, in the City of Madera, Madera County, California. From this intersection, the Merced to Fresno HST alignment continues south along the west side of the BNSF Railway until south of Avenue 15, where the alignment transitions westward toward the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR). Near Avenue 9, the alignment follows along the east side of the UPRR, before crossing the San Joaquin River and entering the City of Fresno, Fresno County, California. The Project ends south of State Route (SR) 41, adjacent to Los Angeles Street in the City of Fresno.

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Approving Agency Role
Responsible Agency
Approved On


(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2b) A Mitigated or a Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2c) An other document type was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
(4) A mitigation reporting or monitoring plan was adopted for this project
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA


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