Vasco Winds Repowering Project Amendment #1 [California Endangered Species Act (CESA) Incidental Take Permit no. 2081-2011-004-03 (ITP)]

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Summary

SCH Number
2010032094
Lead Agency
Contra Costa County
Document Title
Vasco Winds Repowering Project Amendment #1 [California Endangered Species Act (CESA) Incidental Take Permit no. 2081-2011-004-03 (ITP)]
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Received

Document Description
Initial project construction was completed in Oct. 2011, and involved repowering the existing wind farm by decommissioning and reclaiming 438 existing wind turbine generators (WTG) and 286 wind WTG foundations and constructing 34 new WTGs and associated infrastructure. Project activities resulted in increased impacts than authorized by the issued ITP. Additional compensatory mitigation is needed to offset the biological effects of the expanded Project footprint. The amended Project includes additional impacts to 195.82 acres of CA tiger salamander (Ambystoma californiense) and San Joaquin kit fox (Vulpes macrotis mutica) (Covered Species) habitat, including 14.2 acres of the Project's temporary impacts to Covered Species habitat which did not achieve the vegetation success criteria as described in the Vegetation Restoration Plan, and 4.9 acres of roads that will no longer be considered for a decommissioning credit. The amended Project is expected to result in incidental take of CA tiger salamander and San Joaquin kit fox, which are both designated as threatened species under CESA. The ITP issued by CDFW authorizes incidental take of species listed under CESA that may occur as a result of project implementation.

Contact Information
Brenda Blinn
CDFW
7329 Silverado Trail
Napa, CA 94558

707-944-5541

Location

Coordinates
37°47'35"N 121°42'9"W
Cities
Livermore Byron
Counties
Contra Costa
Cross Streets
Vasco Road, Los Vaqueros Road
Zip
94513
Total Acres
4,267
Parcel #
005-050-004 & 20 others
State Highways
No
Railways
UP - Mococo Line
Airports
Byron
Schools
No
Waterways
Kellogg Creek, Los Vaqueros Reservoir, Cal. Aqueduct
Township
1,2S
Range
2,3E
Section
1,2,36
Base
MDB&M

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
CDFW
Approving Agency Role
Responsible Agency
Approved On
Final EIR Available Location
7329 Silverado Trail, Napa, Ca 94558

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
No
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