ICF was retained to become part of the team of environmental, engineering, and construction professionals responsible for implementing air pollution control measures at Owens Lake. ICF’s role was to provide full-time cultural resources expertise.
The Owens Lake Mitigation Project required constant interaction with state and federal agencies, including the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the California State Lands Commission. In addition to conducting the necessary fieldwork, ICF was also responsible for preparing findings of effect and memoranda of agreements in compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).
ICF tested and evaluated more than 60 sites for National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) eligibility and completed data recovery efforts as mitigation for two eligible archaeological sites in the project. ICF also provided a full-time archaeologist to monitor the construction activities related to the project to ensure that significant cultural resources were not inadvertently impacted. Additionally, we provided cultural resources awareness training to Los Angeles Department of Power and Water (LADWP) staff and construction crews. The project involved collaborating closely with the local Native American community, who provided considerable assistance during the monitoring and mitigation phases.
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