Rio Mesa Boulevard Project (California Endangered Species Act Incidental Take Permit No. 2081 2021-094-04)

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SCH Number
Lead Agency
Madera County
Document Title
Rio Mesa Boulevard Project (California Endangered Species Act Incidental Take Permit No. 2081 2021-094-04)
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Document Description
The Project includes construction of the Rio Mesa Boulevard (RMB), an approximately 2.3-mile segment of new roadway, that will widen an approximately 2,200-foot segment of existing roadway, known as Avenue 12, and would install utilities within the RMB right-of way and within the two linked utility line corridors. The Project would provide a connection between the State Route (SR) 41/Avenue 12 intersection in the south to the southernmost point of the internal road network within the Tesoro Viejo Master Planned Community to the north. The Project utilities installations would provide utility infrastructure between Avenue 12 and Avenue 14 and along an approximately one-mile segment of Avenue 14. The Project will be constructed in two phases, Phase I and Phase II and have an interim period of operation and maintenance. The Project is expected to cause the permanent loss of 49.90 acres of annual grassland which provides California tiger salamander (Ambystoma californiense) dispersal and refugia habitat, 41.50 acres of disked agricultural land and 0.18 acre of seasonal wetlands and swale which both provide California tiger salamander dispersal habitat, and 0.87 acres of vernal pools which provides California tiger salamander breeding and succulent owl’s clover (Castilleja campestris ssp. succulenta) habitat. The Project is expected to result in incidental take of California tiger salamander, which is designated as a threatened species under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA), and succulent owl’s clover, which is designated as an endangered species under the Native Plant Protection Act (NPPA). The ITP referenced above as issued by CDFW authorizes incidental take of species listed under CESA and NPPA that may occur as a result of Project implementation.

Contact Information

Stephanie Manzo
Agency Name
Job Title
Environmental Scientist
Contact Types
Responsible Agency


Southern California
Other Location Info
The Rio Mesa Boulevard Project (Project) is located in southeastern Madera County approximately 15 miles east of the City of Madera and approximately 5 miles north of the City of Fresno and is within Sections 21, 22, 27, 28, 33, 34, Township 11 South, Range 20 East, and Sections 3 and 4, Township 12 South, Range 20 East (Mount Diablo Base and Meridian) of the “Lanes Bridge, California” 7.5-minute quadrangle (United States Geological Survey [USGS] 1964 and 1973). The appropriate center of the Project Site is located at 36.940531 and -119.782054. The Project Site is within the Middle San Joaquin-Lower Chowchilla Watershed (Hydrologic Unit Code #18040001; Natural Resources Conservation Service, USGS, and United States Environmental Protection Agency 2016).

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
Approving Agency Role
Responsible Agency
Approved On
County Clerk
Final Environmental Document Available at
Madera County, 200 W. 4th Street, Suite 3100, Madera, CA 93637


(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2b) A Mitigated or a Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2c) An other document type was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
(4) A mitigation reporting or monitoring plan was adopted for this project
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA


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