Natural Community Conservation Plan / Habitat Conservation Plan

Final Natural Comunity Conservation Plan/Hbitat Conservation Plan

On December 9, 2010, the Water Authority Board certified the Final EIR and approved the Natural Community Conservation Plan/Habitat Conservation Plan (NCCP/HCP). The NCCP/HCP associated Implementing Agreement was subsequently signed in late 2011 by the Water Authority, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services. In December 2011 the Water Authority received a Natural Community Conservation Plan permit from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Federal Fish and Wildlife permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Both Permits have fifty-five year term.

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Final EIR/EIS 

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Volume I - Final EIR/EIS

Section 1.0: Purpose and Need for Action

1.1          Introduction
1.1.1       Lead Agencies and Actions Needed
1.2          Purpose and Need
1.2.1       Purpose and Need for the NCCP/HCP
1.2.2       Purpose and Need (Water Authority and USFWS)
1.2.3       Purpose of the Joint Draft EIR/EIS
1.3          Background
1.3.1       San Diego County Water Authority
1.3.2       Conservation Planning History
1.3.3       Plan Summary
1.3.4       Planning Area
1.4          NCCP/HCP Regulatory Framework
1.4.1       Federal Requirements
1.4.2       State Requirements
1.5          Other Required Actions
1.5.1       Section 404 of the Clean Water Act
1.5.2       Section 1600 et seq. of the California Fish and Game Code
1.5.3       Migratory Bird Treaty Act
1.5.4       Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act of 1940, as Amended
1.6          Scoping Process
1.6.1       NCCP/HCP Public Input and Scoping Process
1.6.2       Identification of the Potentially Significant Issues
1.7          Relevant Statutes, Regulations, and Guidelines

Section 2.0: Description of Proposed Action (Project) and Alternatives

2.1          Existing Environmental Programs and Commitments
2.1.1       Existing Biological Opinions
2.1.2       Preserve Area and MMAs
2.2          Alternatives Considered but Eliminated
2.2.1       No Take
2.2.2       Participation in Existing Conservation Plans Alternative
2.3          Alternatives to be Evaluated in the Draft EIR/EIS
2.3.1       Alternative 1: No Action/No Permit
2.3.2       Alternative 2: Proposed Plan
2.3.3       Alternative 3: Full Species List Alternative
2.3.4       Alternative 4: Reduced Plan Area Alternative

Section 3.0: Environmental Setting/Affected Environment

3.1          Regional Environmental Setting
3.2          Biological Resources
3.2.1       Vegetation Communities and Habitat Types
3.3          Sensitive Vegetation Communities
3.3.1       Sensitive Habitats
3.3.2       Sensitive Species
3.4          Water Resources and Water Quality
3.4.1       Surface Water
3.4.2       Water Supply and Use
3.5          Land Use
3.5.1       Conserved Lands
3.5.2       Regional Conservation Planning
3.5.3       Habitat Linkages and Wildlife Corridors
3.6          Public Services and Utilities
3.6.1       Water Distribution
3.7          Socioeconomics
3.7.1       Population, Housing, and Employment
3.8          Environmental Justice

Section 4.0: Environmental Impacts/Environmental Consequences of Alternatives

4.1          Biological Resources
4.1.1       Criteria for Determining Significant Impacts or Significant Adverse Effects
4.2          Water Resources and Water Quality
4.2.1       Criteria for Determining Significant Impacts or Significant Adverse Effects
4.3          Land Use
4.3.1       Criteria for Determining Significant Impacts or Significant Adverse Effects
4.4          Public Services and Utilities
4.4.1       Criteria for Determining Significant Impacts or Significant Adverse Effects
4.5          Socioeconomics
4.5.1       Criteria for Determining Significant Impacts or Significant Adverse Effects
4.6          Environmental Justice
4.6.1       Criteria for Determining Significant Impacts or Significant Adverse Effects
4.7          Comparison of Impacts by Alternative
4.7.1       Environmentally Superior Alternative

Section 5.0: Growth Inducement

5.1          Requirements for the Analysis of Growth Inducement
5.1.1       Other Related Environmental Documents
5.1.2       Regional Water Facilities Master Plan Program EIR
5.2          Analysis of Growth Inducement
5.2.1       Removal of an Impediment to Growth
5.2.2       Economic Growth
5.2.3       Precedent-Setting Action
5.2.4       Development of or Encroachment into Isolated Open Space

Section 6.0: Cumulative Impacts

6.1          Requirements for the Analysis of Cumulative Impacts
6.2          Conservation Plans Considered in the Cumulative Analysis
6.3          Cumulative Impact Analysis
6.3.1       Biological Resources
6.3.2       Water Resources and Water Quality
6.3.3       Land Use
6.3.4       Public Services and Utilities
6.3.5       Socioeconomics
6.3.6       Environmental Justice

Section 7.0: Effects Found Not to be Significant

7.1          Aesthetics
7.2          Air Quality/Climate Change
7.3          Agricultural Resources
7.4          Cultural Resources
7.5          Geology and Soils
7.6          Hazards/Hazardous Materials
7.7          Mineral and Energy Sources
7.8          Noise
7.9          Population and Housing
7.10        Recreation
7.11        Transportation/Circulation

Section 8.0: Significant Unavoidable Environmental Effects/Irreversible Environmental Changes

8.1          Significant Environmental Effects Which Cannot Be Avoided if the Project Is Implemented
8.2          Irreversible Environmental Changes Which Would Result if the Project Is Implemented

Section 9.0: References Cited


Section 10.0: Consultation and Coordination


Section 11.0: List of Preparers


Section 12.0: Acronyms

Volume II - NCCP/HCP Plan

Appendix B:


Section 1.0: Introduction

1.1          San Diego County Water Authority
1.1.1       Mission and Background
1.1.2       Water Authority Planning Documents
1.1.3       Environmental Policies and Procedures
1.1.4       Existing Biological Opinions and Mitigation Areas
1.2          NCCP/HCP Plan
1.2.1       Purpose and Need
1.2.2       Plan Goals
1.3          NCCP/HCP Plan Framework and Coverage
1.3.1       Plan Development and Approach
1.3.2       Plan Coverage and Term
1.4          Public Review Opportunities, Procedures, and Requirements
1.5          Alternatives to this Subregional NCCP/HCP Plan
1.5.1       The No Action/No Permit Alternative
1.5.2       Full Species List Alternative
1.5.3       Reduced Plan Area Alternative

Section 2.0: Region of Plan Coverage

2.1          Establishment of NCCP/HCP Boundaries
2.1.1       Water Authority Service Area
2.1.2       Water Authority Plan Area
2.1.3       Survey Area and Probable Impact Zone (PIZ)
2.1.4       Preserve Area and MMAs
2.2          Future Modifications to the Plan Area

Section 3.0: Relation to Other Conservation Plans

3.1          Water Authority NCCP/HCP
3.2          Conservation Plans in the Region
3.2.1       San Diego Multiple Species Conservation Program
3.2.2       San Diego Multiple Habitat Conservation Program
3.2.3       Western Riverside County Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan
3.2.4       Joint Water Agencies NCCP/HCP
3.2.5       San Diego Gas & Electric NCCP/HCP
3.2.6       Assessment District 161 Multiple Species Subregional Habitat Conservation Plan
3.3          Coordination within Military Lands
3.4          Coordination within Preserve Lands
3.4.1       Temporary Impacts in Preserve Lands
3.4.2       Permanent Impacts in Preserve Lands

Section 4.0: Plan Area Biology and Land Use

4.1          Setting
4.1.1       Database Development
4.2          Vegetation Communities and Habitat Types
4.2.1       Upland Communities
4.2.2       Wetland Communities
4.3          Sensitive Vegetation Communities
4.4          Land Use
4.4.1       Existing Land Uses
4.4.2       Preserved Lands
4.5          Habitat Linkages and Wildlife Corridors

Section 5.0: Covered Activities

5.3          Preserved Area Management, Monitoring, and Adaptive Management
5.3.1       Emergency Response Actions
5.3.2       Responses to Accidental Discharges and Spills
5.4          Incidental Take
5.4.1       CIP Project Impacts
5.4.2       O&M Impacts
5.4.3       Preserved Area Management, Monitoring, and Adaptive Management
5.4.4       Assessment of Incidental Take
5.5          Emergency Action and Accidental Discharges and Spills
5.5.1       Emergency Response Actions
5.5.2       Responses to Accidental Discharges and Spills

Section 6.0: Conservation Plan

6.1          Conservation Plan Strategy, Goals, and Objectives
6.1.1       Conservation Strategy
6.1.2       Goals and Objectives
6.2          Covered Species
6.2.1       Covered Species
6.2.2       General Conditions for Covered Species Not Documented in Preserve Areas
6.2.3       Plant Species
6.2.4       Wildlife Species
6.2.5       Species Not Currently Covered Under the Plan
6.3          Plan Implementation
6.4          Plan Minimization Measures
6.4.1       Environmental and Water Authority Personnel
6.4.2       Protection Measures during Project Development and Construction
6.4.3       Protection Measures during Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Activities
6.5          Plan Mitigation Measures
6.5.1       Habitat-based Mitigation
6.6          Habitat Restoration Program
6.6.1       Restoration Areas Not Subject to Future Disturbance
6.6.2       Restoration Areas Potentially Subject to Future Disturbance
6.6.3       Weed Control
6.6.4       Soil and Plant Salvage
6.7          Wetland Protection and Mitigation Program
6.7.1       Avoidance and Minimization within Existing Wetland Preserve Areas and Water Authority Easements
6.7.2       Compliance with Fish and Game Code Sections 1602 and 1603(a)
6.7.3       Vernal Pool Protection Policy
6.7.4       Quagga and Zebra Mussel Response and Control Action Plan
6.8          Preserve Area
6.8.1       Upland Habitat Mitigation Areas
6.8.2       Wetland Habitat Mitigation Areas
6.9          Managed Mitigation Areas
6.9.1       Myers Property
6.9.2       Montaña Mirador Property
6.9.3       Escondido Creek Uplands
6.9.4       Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve
6.10        Additional Mitigation Lands
6.11        Preserve Management and Adjacency Guidelines
6.11.1     Fire Management
6.11.2     Public Use
6.11.3     Fencing
6.11.4     Signage
6.11.5     Removal of Trash and Debris
6.11.6     Lighting and Noise
6.11.7     Feral and Domestic Animal Control
6.11.8     Cowbird Trapping
6.11.9     Invasive Exotic Species Control
6.11.10   Guidelines for Species Introduction and Reintroduction
6.12        Plan Monitoring and Adaptive Management
6.12.1     Monitoring and Reporting
6.12.2     Guidelines for Biological (Effectiveness/Validation) Monitoring
6.12.3     Adaptive Management Strategy and Framework Guidelines

Section 7.0: Funding of the Plan

7.1          Financial Capacity of the Water Authority to Fund the Plan
7.2          Funding for Plan Elements
7.2.1       Mitigation Acquisition Funding
7.2.2       Non-Acquisition Program Funding

Section 8.0: Amending the Plan and Addressing Changed and Unforeseen Circumstances

8.1          Processing Plan Changes
8.2          Clerical and Administrative Changes to the Plan
8.3          Minor Amendments
8.3.1       Acquisition of Habitat Mitigation Credits or Additional Preserve Area
8.3.2       Future Projects and Conditionally Covered Activities
8.3.3       Minor Changes to Covered Activities
8.3.4       Adaptive Management Changes
8.4          Major Amendments
8.5          Changed and Unforeseen Circumstances
8.5.1       Changed Circumstances
8.5.2       Unforeseen Circumstances
8.5.3       Costs and Timing for Addressing Changed Circumstances

Section 9.0: References Cited


Section 10.0: List of Preparers


Appendices to Appendix B

Volume III - Comments to EIR/EIS