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News Release

Habitat Conservation Plan Proposed for Electric Power Plant Project in Santa Clara County

Plan to Help Offset Impacts to Threatened and Endangered Species

Comments Accepted through May 19, 2014

April 18, 2014

Media Contacts:
Sarah Swenty, (530)665-3310   sarah_swenty@fws.gov

Sacramento, CA – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announces the Notice of Availability on the proposed Don Von Raesfeld Pico Power Plant (DVR) Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) prepared by the City of Santa Clara, doing business as Silicon Valley Power. The proposed HCP outlines strategies to avoid, minimize, and offset potential indirect effects to 5 federally endangered plant and animal species expected from the operation and maintenance of a 2.86-acre electric power plant in Santa Clara County, California.

With the proposed HCP, Silicon Valley Power seeks an incidental take permit for indirect effects to approximately 40 acres of land that provide suitable breeding, foraging, or movement habitat to the 5 HCP covered species within the emissions range of the DVR. To offset the project’s impacts to these species, Silicon Valley Power has proposed on-site avoidance and minimization measures, and will establish a nearby 40-acre DVR Ecological Preserve with a conservation easement to permanently protect 40 acres of high-quality breeding, foraging, and movement habitat to benefit the HCP’s covered species.

This announcement opens a 30-day comment period on the draft Notice of Availability and the proposed HCP that will close May 19, 2014. The Federal Register notice, draft Screening Form, and the proposed HCP are available in the More Information section of this page.

Comments can be sent by U.S. Mail or facsimile to:
Mike Thomas, Habitat Conservation Planning Division
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office
2800 Cottage Way, Room W-2605
Sacramento, California 95825
Fax: (916) 414-6713

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