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pdf.png Land to Sea

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Overview of planning issues in the coastal zone, including examples of beach nourishment projects and an overview of marine habitat mitigation issues.

 



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pdf.png The Sun Also Rises: Successful Permitting and Compliance at a Large-Scale Solar Facility

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In recent years there has been an increase in the development of large-scale alternative energy projects in California.  With the approval and construction of these projects come a wide variety of challenges pertaining to permitting and compliance.  The Topaz Solar Farm is a 550 megawatt solar energy project located in eastern San Luis Obispo County, California.  The project site on the Carrizo Plains presents a unique set of challenges and opportunities because it contains a high diversity of natural resources, including federally and state endangered and threatened species, California species of special concern, drainages, and vernal pools.  In order to ensure compliance with FESA, CESA, NEPA/CEQA, and other federal, state, and county regulations, project biologists had to develop and implement a variety of management plans, monitoring protocols, and employee awareness and training programs.  Through the planning and permitting process, the project design was developed to facilitate use of areas within and through the project for local wildlife species, but also to invite specific species use.  Operational strategies were developed to maintain excellent environmental stewardship and increase use of the general area by a variety of wildlife species.  An overview will be given of the development of a large-scale solar facility that is an example of superior environmental stewardship.  To illustrate the challenges of permitting and compliance on such a large and complicated project, we will discuss our successful efforts to monitor and protect wildlife and other natural resources including San Joaquin Kit Fox, Burrowing Owl, and nesting birds.  Construction of the solar facility began in 2011 and was completed in 2014.



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