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Electrical Transmission Line Project Permitted in Tulare County
Conservation Plan to Help Offset Impacts to Threatened and Endangered Species
October 23, 2013
Sarah Swenty, (916) 414-6571; email@example.com
Sacramento – The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) issued a permit for the Cross Valley Transmission Line Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) which was prepared by Southern California Edison. The HCP outlines strategies to avoid, minimize, and offset potential impacts to 4 federally endangered, 5 federally threatened, and 4 unlisted plant and animal species expected from the construction, operation, and future maintenance of a proposed 23-mile, 220-kV transmission line planned within the City of Visalia and in unincorporated Tulare County, California.
With the HCP, Southern California Edison received an incidental take permit for temporary and permanent impacts to approximately 154 acres of land that provide suitable breeding, foraging, or movement habitat to the 13 HCP covered species within a larger 3,385–acre HCP planning area. To offset the project’s impacts to these species, Southern California Edison has proposed on-site avoidance and minimization measures, on-site riparian restoration, and will purchase credits at approved conservation-banks to permanently protect nearly 240 acres of high-quality breeding, foraging, and movement habitat to benefit the HCP’s covered species.
No changes were made to the HCP between the close of the public review period and when we issued our permit; therefore the draft HCP is considered the final HCP. Editorial and other non-substantive corrections were made to the Environmental Assessment (EA) between the close of the public review period and when we issued our permit. These changes are noted in the “minor technical corrections” table and when combined with the draft EA constitute our final EA.
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Environmental Assessment Documents
- Minor Techincal Corrections (44 KB)
- Chapter 1-3 (3.51 MB)
- Chapter 4-6 (10.8 MB)
- Chapter 7-9 (13.94 MB)
- Chapter 10-12 (1.78 MB)
- Chapter 13-15 (5.05 MB)
- Chapter 16-20 (2.55 MB)
- Appendix A (See HCP Documents Below)
- Appendix B (348 KB)
- Appendix C-D (2.33 MB)
Habitat Conservation Plan
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