The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has issued a California Endangered Species Act (CESA; Fish and Game Code, § 2050 et seq.) Incidental Take Permit (ITP), No. 2081-2019-054-04, to permit West Kern Water District, to incidentally take San Joaquin antelope squirrel and San Joaquin kit fox, which are listed as threatened species under CESA (Fish & G. Code § 2050 et seq.; see Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, § 670.5, subd. (b)(6)(B) and (b)(6)(E), respectively).
The ITP authorizes take of San Joaquin antelope squirrel (Ammospermophilus nelsoni) and San Joaquin kit fox (Vulpes macrotis mutica), species listed as threatened pursuant to CESA for activities associated with the Lateral 13 Fresh Water Pipeline Replacement Project, including the pipeline installation, excavation, replacement, hydrotesting, and repair, and other related activities. The installation of the replacement pipeline segment will include the following general sequence of activities: site preparation, mobilization, installation/construction of erosion and dust control measures, pipeline trenching and dirt excavation, placing the pipe within the trench and anchor to the concrete thrust blocks, connecting the new pipeline to the existing pipeline, conducting hydrostatic testing to ensure pipeline integrity, installation of surface features – including air release valves, blow-off valves, and valve boxes, abandonment of the existing pipeline segment, demobilization, and site cleanup and restoration.