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
NOD - Notice of Determination
Document Description
The Project as approved by CDFW with adoption of the Final Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration includes construction, operation 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. Direct permanent impacts of Project construction would occur to 5.82acres. Upon completion of construction, temporary disturbance areas would be restored. CDFW’s approval of the Project under the California Fish and Game Code includes the issuance to InterConnect Towers, LLC, of an incidental take permit (ITP) under the California Endangered Species Act and the execution of a Lake and Streambed Alteration (LSA) Agreement. ITP2081-2019-036-06 authorizes incidental take of Mojave desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) subject to various conditions of approval, which would remain in effect for 30 years. LSAAgreement1600-2019-0199-R6 authorizes impacts to 24 drainages during construction for a term of 5 years or less.

Contact Information

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


San Bernardino

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Approving Agency Role
Lead Agency
Approved On
County Clerk
San Bernardino
Final Environmental Document Available at


(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2b) A Mitigated or a Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2c) An other document type was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
(4) A mitigation reporting or monitoring plan was adopted for this project
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA


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