California High Speed Train Project: Merced to Fresno Major Amendment No. 18 (California Endangered Species Act Incidental Take Permit No. 2081-2013-025-04 (ITP

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Summary

SCH Number
2009091125
Lead Agency
California High Speed Rail Authority
Document Title
California High Speed Train Project: Merced to Fresno Major Amendment No. 18 (California Endangered Species Act Incidental Take Permit No. 2081-2013-025-04 (ITP
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Received
Posted
7/8/2024
Document Description
The Project includes construction and operation of the Merced to Fresno segment of the HST. The Project is expected to result in impacts to 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. 18 makes one change to the ITP, as previously amended; it allows the Permittee to request CDFW approval of a variance to the nighttime work restriction buffer for SWHA nests under the ITP.

Contact Information

Name
Laura Peterson-Diaz
Agency Name
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Job Title
Sr. Environmental Scientist (Specialist)
Contact Types
Responsible Agency

Location

Counties
Fresno, Madera, Merced
Regions
Countywide
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

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 Mitigated or 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
Yes
(4) A mitigation reporting or monitoring plan was adopted for this project
Yes
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
No
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
Yes

Attachments

Notice of Determination

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