Rising Tree Wind Farm Amendment No. 3 (a Major Amendment) to California Endangered Species Act Incidental Take Permit No. 2081-2014-023-04 (ITP), Amendment No.

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Summary

SCH Number
2013091022
Lead Agency
Kern County
Document Title
Rising Tree Wind Farm Amendment No. 3 (a Major Amendment) to California Endangered Species Act Incidental Take Permit No. 2081-2014-023-04 (ITP), Amendment No.
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Received
Posted
5/11/2016
Present Land Use
Various

Document Description
The proposed project involves the development of a wind energy production facility on an approx. 1,600-acre site. Project activities would occur on a smaller area within the 1,600-acer site and would include clearing, grubbing, and grading for roads, a laydown area, wind turbine pads, a substation, meteorological towers, and underground and overhead transmission and collection lines. The project is expected to result in impacts to 163 acres of desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) and Mohave ground squirrel (Spermophilus mohavensis) habitat, and 7.64 acres of Bakersfield cactus (Opuntia basilaris var. treleasei) habitat including temporary impacts to 91 acres; the Project will permanently remove 72 acres of desert tortoise and Mohave ground squirrel habitat, and 7.54 acres of Bakersfield cactus habitat. The Project is also expected to result in incidental take of desert tortoise and Mohave ground squirrel, which are designated as threatened species, and Bakersfield cactus, which is designated as an endangered species, under the CESA. The ITP referenced above as issued by CDFW authorizes incidental take of species listed under CESA that may occur as a result of Project implementation. CDFW is issuing Amendment No. 3 to the ITP which increases the temporary impacts to Bakersfield cactus habitat by 2.58 acres, increases the compensatory mitigation obligation by an additional 26 acres for desert tortoise and Mohave ground squirrel, increases the contribution to the Raven Management Plan, replaces figures to depict the as-built Project Area and Covered Species habitat impacts, and commensurately increases the cost estimates of acquisition, protection, and management of the HM lands and performance security accordingly. The Amendment also extends the timeline to complete compensatory mitigation obligations by 12 months.

Contact Information
Lisa Gymer
CDFW Central Region
1234 East Shaw Avenue
Fresno, CA 93710

Phone : (559) 243-4014

Location

Coordinates
35°3'31"N 118°14'35"W
Cities
Mojave
Counties
Kern
Cross Streets
Oak Creek Road and 70th Street West
Zip
93502
Total Acres
1325
Parcel #
Multiple
State Highways
SR 14 and 58
Railways
UPRR
Airports
Mojave Air and Space Port
Schools
Douglas Adult; Mountain View HS, Joshua MS
Waterways
Los Angeles Aqueduct
Township
11N
Range
13W
Base
SBB&M
Other Location Info
Rosamond

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
CDFW
Approving Agency Role
Responsible Agency
Approved On
Final Environmental Document Available at
1234 East Shaw Avenue, 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 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
N/A
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
No
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
Yes

Disclaimer: The document was originally posted before CEQAnet had the capability to host attachments for the public. To obtain the original attachments for this document, please contact the lead agency at the contact information listed above. You may also contact the OPR via email at state.clearinghouse@opr.ca.gov or via phone at (916) 445-0613.

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