California High-Speed Train Project: Merced to Fresno Permitting Phase 1 (Minor Amendment No. 1 to California Endangered Species Act Incidental Take Permit No.

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Summary

SCH Number
2009091125
Lead Agency
High Speed Rail Authority, California (California High Speed Rail Authority)
Document Title
California High-Speed Train Project: Merced to Fresno Permitting Phase 1 (Minor Amendment No. 1 to California Endangered Species Act Incidental Take Permit No.
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Received

Document Description
The proposed Project involves construction and operation of the Merced to Fresno segment of the California High-Speed Train (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). The ITP authorizes incidental take of California tiger salamander (Ambystoma californiense), Swaisnon's hawk (Buteo swainsoni), and San Joaquin kit fox (Vulpes macrotis mutica) (collectively, the Covered Species), all in connection with otherwise lawful activities within the Project area. The Project will result in permanent impacts to 75.08 acres of upland refugia habitat and temporary impacts to 2.26 acres of aquatic breeding habitat for Califonia tiger salamander; permanent impacts to 164.96 acres of foraging habitat and one nest tree for Swainson's hawk; and 304.47 acres of permanent impacts to foraging and denning habitat for San Joaquin kit fox. The Project is expected to result in incidental take of the Covered Species. Minor Amendment No. 1 makes the following minor modifications to ITP Conditions of Approval: 1) allows a Designated Biologist to be approved on an individual species by species basis rather than only for all of the Covered Species; 2) clarifies allowable activities at the Mitigation Site to accommodate ITP requirements; and 3) deletes a redundant Condition of Approval. The extent of habitat disturbance and other effects to the Covered Species are unchanged by Minor Amendment No. 1.

Contact Information
Craig Bailey
CDFW Region 4
1234 East Shaw Avenue
Fresno, CA 93720

559-243-4014

Location

Cities
Fresno
Counties
Madera
Zip
various
State Highways
Hwy 59,140,99,152,145,180,41
Railways
Union Pacific, BNSF
Airports
Castle, Merced, Madera
Schools
Various
Waterways
San Joaquin River, various smaller waterways
Township
var
Range
var
Section
var

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
CDFW
Approving Agency Role
Responsible Agency
Approved On
Final EIR Available Location
CDFW Region 4, 1234 East Shaw Avenue, Fresno, CA 93720

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
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
Yes
(4) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
No
(5) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
Yes
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