Environmental Compliance

Program activities require compliance with various environmental laws including: NEPA; CEQA; Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA); Clean Water Act; Wild and Scenic Rivers Act; Executive Orders 11988 for fl oodplain management, 11990 for protection of wetlands, 13112 for invasive species, and 12898 for environmental justice. When working on public lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) or BLM, the projects must meet additional guidelines (e.g., stipulations of the Northwest Forest Plan and the Aquatic Conservation Strategy). Since construction of its fi rst gravel augmentation project in 2003 and channel rehabilitation project in 2005, the Program has worked to standardize its environmental compliance methods for these activities. Specifi cally, Program staff worked with the California Regional Water Quality Control Board North Coast Region (RWQCB) to complete a Programmatic EIR (Master EIR) and Environmental Assessment (EA). The Master EIR will serve to streamline future CEQA, NEPA, and permitting activities.

Implementation permits require the Program to perform a variety of monitoring tasks and to report the results. A long-term monitoring plan is being developed to evaluate if any loss of riparian vegetation or wetlands are occurring as a result of the channel work.

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