Mesa Wind Repower Project

Summary

SCH Number
2021030614
Lead Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Inland Deserts Region 6 (CDFW)
Document Title
Mesa Wind Repower Project
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Received
Present Land Use
Riverside County: Open Space Rural and Open Space Recreation; Area of Critical Environmental Concern

Document Description
The project would include construction, operation and maintenance, and decommissioning of eight new WTGs. In addition, a new free-standing permanent met tower, electrical collections system upgrades, and permanent access roads would be constructed, and remain for the life of the project. The new facilities would be decommissioned at the end of their estimated 30-year useful life (2053). The total overall potential ground disturbance would be 98.0 acres. The 98.0 acres include 18.2 acres of permanent and 79.8 acres of temporary disturbance. Construction of the project is anticipated to begin in mid-2021 and would be completed in approximately 16 months. During construction, access roads would be temporarily widened to accommodate construction equipment, and temporary workspaces and staging areas would be established. Upon completion of construction, temporary disturbance areas would be restored. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has prepared the proposed MND under CEQA in response to Mesa Corp’s submittal of an application for an Incidental Take Permit (ITP) for the Mojave desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA). The ITP, if issued, would authorize project-related incidental take of Mojave desert tortoise subject to certain conditions under CESA. Mesa Wind also submitted an application to CDFW for a Lake and Streambed Agreement. The Agreement, if issued by CDFW subject to certain conditions, would remain in effect for 5 years.

Contact Information
Magdalena Rodriguez
California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Region 6
Lead/Public Agency
3602 Inland Empire Blvd. Ste C-220 Inland Deserts Region
Ontario, CA 91764

Phone : (760) 219-9452
Magdalena.Rodriguez@wildlife.ca.gov

Location

Coordinates
33°56'50.3"N 116°39'58.1"W
Cities
Whitewater and Bonnie Bell communities
Counties
Riverside
Regions
Citywide
Cross Streets
Unnamed access road, eastern extension of (Rockview Drive)
Zip
92258
Total Acres
98 acres
Parcel #
516-02-004; 517030003, -09; 514250007, -10, -13, -16
State Highways
I-10, SR-62
Railways
UPRR (~1.9 miles south)
Airports
None
Schools
None
Waterways
Whitewater River (~0.5 miles east)
Township
2S, 3S
Range
3E
Section
4, 33
Base
SB
Other Information
98 acres of 401-acre site

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Power:Wind (Megawatts 30)
Local Action
Incidental Take Permit
Project Issues
Aesthetics Agriculture and Forestry Resources Air Quality Biological Resources Cultural Resources Drainage/Absorption Flood Plain/Flooding Geology/Soils Hazards & Hazardous Materials Hydrology/Water Quality Land Use/Planning Mineral Resources Noise Population/Housing Public Services Recreation Solid Waste Transportation Vegetation Wetland/Riparian Forest Land/Fire Hazard, Soil Erosion, Water Supply/Groundwater
Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB) California Department of Conservation (DOC) California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Inland Deserts Region 6 (CDFW) California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) California Department of Parks and Recreation California Department of Transportation, District 8 (DOT) California Department of Water Resources (DWR) California Energy Commission California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES) California Highway Patrol (CHP) California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC) California Natural Resources Agency California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Colorado River Basin Region 7 (RWQCB) California State Lands Commission (SLC) Colorado River Board Department of Toxic Substances Control Office of Historic Preservation State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality

Attachments

Draft Environmental Document [Draft IS, NOI_NOA_Public notices, OPR Summary Form, Appx,]
000   PDF 10101 K 001   PDF 25793 K NOI_Mesa Wind   PDF 329 K Summary Form_Mesa Wind   PDF 266 K
Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
NOC_Mesa Wind   PDF 329 K

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