ICF prepared a joint HCP/NCCP and associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the eastern half of East Contra Costa County (175,000 acres), where rapid urban development had led to conflicts with endangered species and their habitat.
The HCP/NCCP prepared by our team provided comprehensive coverage for endangered species compliance to local agencies and regional private landowners. ICF worked with the HCPA staff committee, a stakeholder advisory committee, and a scientific advisory panel. We conducted detailed land cover mapping for the entire planning area that formed the foundation of the habitat modeling for the plan. The plan covered 28 species, including Swainson's hawk, western burrowing owl, giant garter snake, San Joaquin kit fox, Alameda whipsnake, California red-legged frog, California tiger salamander, vernal pool invertebrates, and seven special-status plants.
As advance mitigation for the HCP, ICF developed plans and specifications for restoring seasonal wetland and aquatic habitats at two sites in East Contra Costa County, both of which were constructed in 2008 and 2009. The HCP project won three awards, including the 2009 Outstanding Environmental Resource Document
by the California Association of Environmental Professionals.
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