Title Cont: Streambed Alteration Agreement No. 1600-2013-0060-R4).
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has executed Amendment No. 15 to Master Streambed Alteration Agreement number 1600-2013-0060-R4 (Agreement), to the Permittee, California High-Speed Rail Authority. The Project approved by CDFW consists of the Agreement identified above, which addresses 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 Fish and Game Code Section 1600 et seq. The Agreement authorizes certain activities contemplated in Section 1602 of the Fish and Game Code that could cause substantial adverse effects to fish and wildlife resources. The Agreement in this respect will facilitate construction and operation of the Project. The Project as originally permitted will impact fish and wildlife habitat subject to the notification requirement in Section 1602 of the Fish and Game Code within and/or adjacent to the Fresno River, Main Canal, Cottonwood Creek, San Joaquin River, Herndon Canal, Dry Creek Canal, Chowchilla River, North Central Canal, Central Canal West, Central Canal East, Viau Canal, Fresno Colony Canal, and a Schmidt Creek Tributary. Amendment No.15 includes the addition of Lateral 6.2 Canal which results in an increase in permanent impacts and makes the associated change in the Project Location and Area, and extends by six months the deadline for the Permittee to fulfill compensatory mitigation related to mitigation for impacts to the San Joaquin River.