California High-Speed Train Project: Merced to Fresno Major Amendment No. 3 (California Endangered Species Act Incidental Take Permit No. 2081-2013-025-04 (ITP)

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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 Major Amendment No. 3 (California Endangered Species Act Incidental Take Permit No. 2081-2013-025-04 (ITP)
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Received

Document Description
The project approved by CDFW consists of the ITP, Minor Amendment No. 1, 2, and 3 which addresses construction and operation of the Merced to Fresno segment of the CA High Speed Train, 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 CESA. The ITP, as amended, authorizes incidental take of CA 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) (collectively, the Covered Species). CTS, SWHA, and SJKF are species designated as threatened and hairy Orcutt grass is designated as endangered under CESA. Major Amendment no. 3 makes the following eight changes to the ITP, as further amended: 1) increases the proejct footprint by 780.07 acres; 2) revises the project description to remove, modify, and add infrastructure and right-of-way elements; 3) revises the project location to extend the northern boundary of the Project Construction Footprint by 2.7 miles; 4) modifies previous designations of impacted habitat types and reduces and increases the acreage of impacts accordingly; 5) requires the permanent protection of additional habitat mitigation (HM) lands and accompanying management costs to compensate for Covered Species impacts associated with the 780.07 acre Construction Footprint increase; 6) extends the required timeframe in which protection and transfer of all HM lands and recording of required conservation easements must occur; 7) increases the Performance Security amount required; and 8) adds hairy Orcutt grass as the list of species subject to take authorization provided by the ITP, as amended.

Contact Information
Krista Tomlinson
CDFW
1234 East Shaw Avenue,
Fresno, CA 93710

559-243-4014 x223

Location

Cities
Madera Fresno
Counties
Madera Fresno
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
1234 E. Shaw Ave., Fresno, CA 93710

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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