ICF prepared a joint Environmental Impact Report (EIR)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and other environmental documents for the State Water Board (state lead agency) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (federal lead agency) on the Delta Wetlands Project, a proposal to store water and develop wetland wildlife habitat on four islands in the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta.
ICF worked with the lead agencies and the project proponent to adapt the project description to the evolving regulatory standards that apply to water supply projects and protection of public trust values in the Delta. We provided consulting services including California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)/National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance, resource inventory and impact analysis, alternatives analysis, Habitat Evaluation Procedure (HEP) analysis, Biological Assessment (BA) and Section 7 consultation, and Section 404 compliance.
ICF also provided expert witness testimony at the water rights hearing in July and August 1997 and October 2000. The State Water Board approved the water right permits for the Delta Wetlands Project, and ICF was retained to prepare a Place of Use EIR for the Delta Wetlands Project, in response to a court challenge of the designated places of use in the water right permit. This includes revising the EIR with updated information about the Delta, the regulatory conditions, and the habitat conservation and restoration goals for the Delta.
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