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Statewide Approaches

Links to existing statewide/regional programmatic permits for restoration projects: (Click here to open PDF version)

AGENCY/AUTHORITYPERMIT/AVAILABLITY/DETAILS
California Environmental Quality ActAvailability: Statewide
Details: Categorical Exemption for projects ≤ 5 ac. that assure maintenance, restoration, enhancement, or protection of habitat for fish, plants, or wildlife.
For a full description: CatEx for Small Habitat Restoration Projects
State Water Resources Control BoardAvailability: Statewide
Details: Water Quality Certification for habitat restoration projects ≤ 5 ac. or 500 linear ft. Cannot be used for compensatory mitigation projects. The certification is currently in the process of being updated.
For a full description: 401 Water Quality Certification
CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Availability: Statewide
Details: A faster and simpler pathway for voluntary restoration projects ≤ 5 ac. or 500 cumulative linear ft., as an alternative to DFW 1600/2081 permits. Must be eligible for, or already have, the Waterboard's small scale restoration general order.
For a full description: AB 2193 - Habitat Restoration and Enhancement Act
Availability: Coho habitat range (Santa Cruz County to Oregon border)
Details: Application and approval process in-lieu of obtaining permits through DFW. Coho salmon enhancement projects
For a full description: Coho HELP Act
Availability: Salmonid habitat restoration project funding and permit assistance through DFW.
Details: Grant program with permitting and CEQA compliance
For a full description: Fisheries Restoration Grant Program
NOAA Fisheries – NMFSAvailability: Coastal Counties (San Luis Obispo County to Oregon Border)
Details: Programmatic Section 7 consultation for habitat restoration projects affecting salmonid habitat
For a full description: Biological Opinion for North Coast (Oregon border to Mendocino County) and Biological Opinion for North-Central and Central Coast (Mendocino County to San Luis Obispo County)
NOAA Restoration CenterAvailability: All Coastal Counties
Details: Funding and/or technical assistance for anadromous fish habitat and estuarine restoration projects and permit assistance
For a full description: NOAA RC - Community-Based Restoration Program
CA Coastal CommissionAvailability: Coastal Counties (San Luis Obispo County to Oregon Border)
Details: Projects with funding and/or technical assistance from NOAA RC do not need a Coastal Development Permit (CDP)
For a full description: Federal Consistency Determination
Army Corps of Engineers Availability: Statewide
Details: Programmatic permits for temporary construction, aquatic habitat restoration
For a full description: Nationwide Permits
Availability: Army Corp - Los Angeles Region
Details: Programmatic permits for bioengineered streambank stabilization, invasive plant removal
For a full description: Regional General Permits
Availability: Army Corps - San Francisco Region
Details: Programmatic permits for salmonid habitat restoration
For a full description: Regional General Permits
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Availability: Coastal Counties (Ventura through Marin)
Details: Programmatic section 7 consultation for California red-legged frog
For a full description: Programmatic Biological Opinion
Availability: Central Valley and Foothill Ring
Details: Programmatic section 7 consultation for endangered species habitat protection and enhancement, funding and technical assistance
For a full description: Partners in wildlife programmatic biological opinion

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