Nipton Communication Site Project

4 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Inland Deserts Region 6 (CDFW)
Document Title
Nipton Communication Site Project
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
Federal Land: Resource/Land Management; Ivanpah Area of Critical Environmental Concern
Document Description
The proposed Project would include construction, operations and maintenance, and decommissioning of a communication site, ancillary components, and an access road (totaling approximately 6.13 acres). The Project components, including the access road, would occur entirely on Bureau of Land Management-administered land. The Project would be a multi-tenant wireless communication facility designed to accommodate a minimum of four national carriers, as well as government agencies including police, fire, and highway patrol. The Project is within the California Desert Conservation Area Plan Utility Corridor “BB,” which permits the expansion of utility facilities for the purpose of telecommunication, electricity, gas, water, and other commodities. Construction is anticipated to take 4 months, and would likely occur from late 2022 to early 2023. During construction, a new extension of the existing access road (8,953 feet long by 14 feet wide) entering the communication site would be constructed to accommodate construction equipment. The staging area, an already disturbed area, is located adjacent to the I-15/Nipton Road interchange and is currently used for vehicle parking. Direct permanent impacts of Project construction would occur to 5.82 acres. Upon completion of construction, temporary disturbance areas would be restored. The Applicant has applied for an Incidental Take Permit (ITP) to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) for the Mojave desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii). The ITP, if issued by CDFW subject to certain conditions, would remain in effect for 30 years. In addition, the Applicant submitted a Lake and Streambed Alteration (LSA) Agreement notification to CDFW for a term of 5 years or less. CDFW, consistent with their obligation as the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) lead agency, has analyzed and disclosed the environmental effects of the proposed Project as part of the “whole of the action” in the Draft IS/MND.

Contact Information

Julia Karo
Agency Name
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Job Title
Project Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Cross Streets
10 miles south of CA-NV border/1.25 miles southwest of the junction of Interstate 15 and Nipton
Total Acres
6.13 acres
Parcel #
0573091115 (Tower Location); 057309116 (Road)
State Highways
Interstate 15
Two unnamed ephemeral streams
San Bern

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State 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 Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Lahontan Victorville Region 6 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality
Development Types
Other (Telecommunication)
Local Actions
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, Wildfire
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form

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