ICF prepared all the environmental permit documents for the largest fish restoration project in North America, which includes dam and water control structure removal, installations, and habitat enhancements on the north and south forks of Battle Creek in Shasta and Tehama Counties. Issues included wetlands, endangered species impacts, and large scale mitigation planning. ICF provided National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)/California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance, federal and state Endangered Species Act (ESA) compliance, and associated environmental permitting support (Sections 401 and 404).
Reclamation's Mid-Pacific Region and State Water Board are the federal and state lead agencies for the combined Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)/Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the project. Work for this contract is related to prior work ICF performed for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to develop a regulatory compliance strategy for the restoration project and to facilitate the memorandum of understanding, which was signed by Reclamation, USFWS, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), California Department of Fish and Game (DFG), and Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E).
Services included preparing public review draft and final EIS/EIR assessing project-related effects on environmental resources (NEPA/CEQA compliance); an Action Specific Implementation Plan to describe project-related effects and conservation measures on special-status fish and terrestrial species, including Natural Community Conservation Planning habitat communities (federal ESA, California ESA, and Natural Community Conservation Plan Act compliance); a Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 401 water quality certification permit application; a 1602 streambed alteration agreement ; the Battle Creek restoration project website for Reclamation; a letter of permission and 404(b)(1) alternatives analysis for a CWA Section 404 permit application; and an Environmental Implementation Plan (EIP) to ensure the successful implementation of the Restoration Project’s mitigation and monitoring program.
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