California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Inland Deserts Region 6
Mesa Wind Repower Project
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
Riverside County: Open Space Rural and Open Space Recreation; Area of Critical Environmental Concern
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.
California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Region 6
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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
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