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General Lake or Streambed Alteration Agreement for Activities Related to Cannabis Cultivation

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Cannabis cultivators may apply for a General Lake or Streambed Alteration Agreement for Activities Related to Cannabis Cultivation, referred to as a General Agreement. The General Agreement applies only to the construction, reconstruction, maintenance, or repair of Stream Crossings (in the form of a bridge, culvert, or rock ford) and Water Diversions on non-finfish rivers, streams, and lakes for the purpose of Cannabis Cultivation.

The General Agreement is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) because it is a link opens in new windowministerial permit. Upon receipt of the notification, certifications, and applicable fee(s), CDFW shall authorize the Covered Activity or Activities described in the Notification.

Before you notify, CDFW recommends you:


Prior to Applying

What projects qualify for the General Agreement?

Your project must meet specific requirements to qualify for the General Agreement.

  • The project needs to involve a stream crossing or water diversion specific to cannabis cultivation.
  • The project must meet the administrative measures, measures to protect fish and wildlife, and reporting requirements highlighted in the General Agreement, sections h-k.
  • The project cannot be on or in a finfish bearing stream or lake.
  • The project cannot result in take of a listed or fully protected species.
  • The project cannot be the subject of a complaint by a city attorney, District Attorney, the Attorney General, or an order by a court.

If your project meets the criteria, read the link opens in new windowGeneral Agreement (PDF) for additional Design Criteria by project type, and for information on measures and requirements. 

If your project is not eligible for the General Agreement, you may apply for a Standard Lake or Streambed (LSA) Agreement.

Under the General Agreement, water diversion means the act of diverting surface flow or hydrologically connected subsurface flow for use or storage. Water diversion includes all infrastructure used to divert or store such flow.

The General Agreement applies to the act of diverting water, as well as the construction, reconstruction, maintenance, or repair of infrastructure used to divert or store such flow.

To be eligible for the General Agreement, specific design criteria and measures to protect fish and wildlife must be met. Read the link opens in new windowGeneral Agreement (PDF) for details.

The General Agreement applies to the construction, reconstruction, maintenance, or repair of a stream crossing. The General Agreement includes design criteria and measures to protect fish and wildlife for each type of stream crossing.

Read the link opens in new windowGeneral Agreement (PDF) for details.

Before You Apply

To apply for the General Agreement, you will need to provide the following information and certify that you are in possession of the Biological Resources Assessment, Property Diagram, and, where applicable, the Design Plan. You will also be asked to certify that the Covered Activity and Entity meet the Eligibility Criteria, relying in part on the Biological Resources Assessment and, where applicable, the Design Plan. Your notification may include more than one Covered Activity.

The following will be required at the time you apply for the General Agreement:

  • Biological Resources Assessment – A survey and biological resource report of the Project Site by a Biologist that identifies the presence or potential presence of any Species of Greatest Conservation Need and finfish and their habitat, and invasive species
  • Property Diagram – A diagram to scale of the Property that identifies the following with locations also provided as coordinates in either latitude and longitude or the California Coordinate System:
    • The location and size of all existing stream crossings, water diversions, water diversion infrastructure, and water storage facilities of any type on the Property
    • The location of the Project Site on the Property
    • Each river, stream, lake, and other waters on the Property, including springs
    • Sources of water used on the Property and the location of all points of diversion, including pumps and wells
    • Water distribution systems
    • The Assessor’s Parcel Number for the Property
  • Design Plan – A Design Plan is a detailed description of the site-specific design for the construction or Reconstruction of a Stream Crossing or reservoir prescribed by a Licensed Professional that includes:
    • Drawings
    • Sizing methods
    • Component details
    • Construction notes that give specific directions on the construction methods that will be employed for the work.

A Design Plan is not required for water diversion without water storage or if the water storage facility is a bladder or tank.

  • Name, mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, and email addresses for the following individuals:
    • The Entity seeking authorization
    • The Entity’s designated representative or contact person, if applicable
    • The Property owner if different from the Entity
    • The Biologist who prepared the Biological Resources Assessment
    • The Licensed Professional who prepared the Design Plan, if a Design Plan is Required
  • Information for the purpose of calculating the total fee, including the cost of each Covered Activity and the fee for each
  • Whether the Covered Activity is the subject of a notice of violation by CDFW; a complaint or order by CDFW under Section 12025 of the Fish and Game Code; a complaint by a city attorney, District Attorney, or the Attorney General; or an order or notice by a court or agency other than CDFW, and information regarding the notice, complaint, or order
  • Location of the Project Site, including the address or description of the location with reference to the nearest city or town; the county; driving directions from a major road or highway; the name of the stream or lake in or near where the Covered Activity will occur; the watercourse or waterbody to which the stream or lake is tributary; the USGS 7.5 Minute Quad Map Name, the Township, Range, Section, ¼ Section, and Meridian; coordinates, such as latitude/longitude and UTM; and the Assessor’s Parcel Number for the Property the Project Site is located on
  • The type of Covered Activity (i.e., bridge, culvert, rock ford, or water diversion)
  • A description of the Covered Activity
  • Information to confirm the Covered Activity meets the Eligibility and Design Criteria and to confirm the Entity is able to and will meet the applicable Administrative Measures, General Measures and Specific Measures to Protect Fish and Wildlife Resources, and Reporting Requirements
  • Information regarding any temporary or annual license the California Department of Food and Agriculture has issued to the Entity, or that the Entity has applied or will apply for, that authorizes or would authorize the Cannabis Cultivation the Covered Activity relates to
  • Whether the Covered Activity would be a new activity or is an existing activity
  • Information regarding the Entity’s Water Diversion

Calculate the Fee

The fee is required at the time you submit your notification to CDFW. The fee for the General Agreement is the amount you would need to pay for a Standard Agreement for a term of five years or less, as specified in link opens in new windowCDFW’s fee schedule (PDF) for Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreements in the California Code of Regulations, section 699.5, subdivision (b). The Entity must also pay a remediation fee specified in section 699.5, subdivision (i), if applicable.

General Agreement Fee:

  • $577.25 if the project costs less than $5,000
  • $724.50 if the project costs from $5,000 to less than $10,000
  • $1,446.00 if the project costs from $10,000 to less than $25,000
  • $2,170.50 if the project costs from $25,000 to less than $100,000
  • $3,185.25 if the project costs from $100,000 to less than $200,000
  • $4,320.25 if the project costs from $200,000 to less than $350,000
  • $5,145.75 if the project costs $350,000 or more

Remediation Fee, if applicable:

  • $3,087.50 if the total remediation area is less than or equal to 1,000 square feet
  • $5,145.75 if the total remediation area is greater than 1,000 square feet

Remediation
of existing cannabis cultivation sites is often complex and requires greater CDFW staff time and personnel expenditures. link opens in new windowFish and Game Code section 12029(d) allows  CDFW to enhance fees on any entity subject to section 1602 for cannabis cultivation sites that require remediation. To facilitate the remediation and permitting of cannabis cultivation sites, CDFW adopted regulations that added a remediation fee based on the total remediation area (California Code of Regulations, Title 14 section 699.5).

If the purpose of an agreement, or major amendment to an agreement described herein, whether in part or in whole, is to remediate a marijuana cultivation site, the entity shall submit the applicable fee below, which shall be in addition to the fee for the agreement or major amendment.


For project and site specific LSA questions, contact the link opens in new windowCDFW Region (PDF) where the project is located.

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