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Statewide Approaches

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

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 WildlifeAvailability: 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
CA Dept. of Fish and WildlifeAvailability: Salmonid habitat restoration project funding and permit assistance through DFW.
Details: Grant program with all federal and state permitting and CEQA compliance providedfor salmonid restoration projects
For a full description of the grant program: Fisheries Restoration Grant Program
CA Coastal CommissionAvailability: Coastal counties from the Oregon border through San Luis Obispo
Details: Projects in the Coastal Zone, with funding and/or technical assistance from the NOAA Restoration Center, do not need a Coastal Development Permit (CDP)
For a full description: Federal Consistency Determination
NOAA Fisheries – NMFSAvailability: Coastal counties from the Oregon border to San Luis Obispo
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: Coastal counties from the Oregon border to the Mexican border
Details: Funding and/or technical assistance for anadromous fish habitat and estuarine restoration projects and permit assistance through the NOAA RC
Army Corps of EngineersAvailability: Statewide
Details: Temporary construction, aquatic habitat restoration
For a full description: Nationwide Permits
Army Corps of EngineersAvailability: Los Angeles District
Details: Regional General Permits (RGPs) for bioengineered streambank stabilization, invasive plant removal
For a full description: Los Angeles Region – Regional General Permits
U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceAvailability: Coastal counties from Marin through Ventura
Details: A Biological Opinion for restoration projects where the California red-legged frog is present
Programmatic Biological Opinion for projects affecting the California Red-legged frog
U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceAvailability: Central Valley and Foothill Ring
Details: Biological Opinion for endangered species habitat protection and enhancement, funding and technical assistance for restoration projects
Permit or Approval: Programmatic Biological Opinion for the Partners in Wildlife Program

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