Habitat images from left to right: Yolo Wildlife Area, CDFW photo by Bob Sahara; Table Mountain, CDFW photo; Suisun Marsh, CDFW photo.
The Habitat Restoration and Enhancement Act of 2014 (Act; Assem. Bill No. 2193, approved by Governor, Sept. 26, 2014) established a simplified permitting process with CDFW for landowners, state and local government agencies, and conservation organizations wanting to implement small-scale, voluntary habitat restoration projects across California. Restoration and Enhancement projects approved by CDFW, pursuant to the Act, will not require additional permits from CDFW, such as a Lake or Streambed Alteration agreement or California Endangered Species Act permit. Additionally, CDFW will approve complete applications within 30-days or 60-days depending on the type of request submitted (i.e., Fish & G. Code, §§ 1652 or 1653).
Defining a Habitat Restoration or Enhancement Project
Habitat restoration or enhancement projects, as defined by the Act, are projects with the primary purpose of improving fish and wildlife habitat and meet the eligibility requirements for the State Water Resources Control Board’s Order for Clean Water Act Section 401 General Water Quality Certification for Small Habitat Restoration Projects. Projects approved under the Act must also be consistent with widely recognized restoration practices, must avoid or minimize any incidental impacts, and must result in measurable environmental benefits.
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Lance Salisbury, Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist)