California Endangered Species Act Incidental Take Permit No. 2081-2021-058-04 for AT&T Inc. Airline Highway CCL00284 Urgent Telecommunications Project

Summary

SCH Number
2021090363
Public Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW)
Document Title
California Endangered Species Act Incidental Take Permit No. 2081-2021-058-04 for AT&T Inc. Airline Highway CCL00284 Urgent Telecommunications Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
9/20/2021
Document Description
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, No. 2081-2021-058-04, to permit AT&T Inc. to incidentally take California tiger salamander which is designated as a threatened species under CESA. (Fish & G. Code § 2050 et seq.; see Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, § 670.5, subd. (b)(3)(G)). The ITP authorizes take of California tiger salamander (Covered Species) for activities associated with the Project which is necessary to address the absence of Band-14 coverage in and around Pinnacles National Park, including E911 (emergency services) coverage, which is urgently required for health and human safety. The Project will include improvements to an existing access road, installation of underground utility lines (power and telecommunications), installation of four culverts/riprap along the access road, and a staging area. Construction and installation of the associated telecommunications tower is not included in the ITP. The Project is expected to cause the permanent loss of 2.56 acres and temporary loss of 0.49 acre of habitat for the Covered Species.

Contact Information

Name
Renée Robison
Agency Name
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Location

Cities
Paicines
Counties
San Benito
Parcel #
028-130-026-000 and 028-150-024-000
Other Location Info
The Project is located on a private residential property at 32005 Airline Highway in the town of Paicines in San Benito County, approximately 28 miles south of the City of Hollister and approximately 1.3 miles east-southeast of the intersection of State Routes 25 and 146. The Project is bounded by Airline Highway and Pinnacles National Park to the southwest, surrounded by undeveloped land. The Project is specifically within the United States Geological Survey 7.5-Minute San Benito Quadrangle Map in Township 16 South, Range 8 East, Sections 20, 21, 28, and 29, Mount Diablo Base and Meridian on Assessor’s Parcel Numbers 028-130-026-000 and 028-150-024-000, at approximately Latitude 36° 31' 7.33" N, Longitude 121° 6' 49.32" W.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
California Code of Regulations, Title 14, section 15269, subd. (c); Public Resources Code Sec. 21080, subd. (b)(4)
Reasons for Exemption
Approval of this Project is subject to the statutory exemption for “Specific actions necessary to prevent or mitigate an emergency” (Emergency Project; Pub. Resources Code, §21080, subd. (b)(4)) under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA; Pub. Resources Code, §21000 et seq.). “Emergency” is defined as “A sudden, unexpected occurrence, involving a clear and imminent danger, demanding immediate action to prevent or mitigate loss of, or damage to, life, health, property, or essential public services” (Pub. Resources Code, §21060.3). The Project is necessary to address the absence of Band-14 coverage in and around Pinnacles National Park, a remote area in San Benito County. The Office of Emergency Services has identified the Project Area as one of the 13 most important new sites in northern California and expect it to be active by the end of the year. The Project Area has been identified as the only possible site with the coverage capability around the Pinnacles area, including E911 (emergency services) coverage. The Project constitutes an emergency measure which is required for immediate health and human safety. The Project includes improvements to an existing 1.31 mile-long access road, installation of underground power and telecommunications utility lines by trenching along the access road, installation of four culverts and riprap along the access road to address surface water flow at the Project site, and a construction staging area. Construction and installation of the associated telecommunications tower is not included in this Incidental Take Permit and the footprint of the tower is not included in the Project Area. The Project is expected to cause the permanent loss of 2.56 acres and temporary loss of 0.49 acre of habitat for the Covered Species. Impacts will be minimized and fully mitigated through the implementation of measures required by Incidental Take Permit No. 2081-2021-058-04. Measures include: 1) Monthly Compliance Reports; 2) establishment of avoidance zones; 3) worker education; 4) burrow/crevice excavation; and 5) permanent habitat protection.

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