The Authority acts as lead agency for the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for all of its projects, and is required by state law to provide environmental analysis and public disclosure of the potential environmental impacts of our projects and operations, as applicable.
The Authority also coordinates with various local, state, and federal agencies to secure permits and agreements to ensure full compliance with existing environmental laws and other regulations including, but not limited to, the federal Clean Water Act (CWA), federal Endangered Species Act (FESA), the California Fish and Game Code (FGC), California Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act, and the California Endangered Species Act (CESA). The permits and approvals most often required are those given by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Section 404 Nationwide Permit or Section 408), U.S. Fish and Wildlife (Section 7 Consultation or Habitat Conservation Plans), California Regional Water Quality Control Board (Section 401 Water Quality Certification or Waste Discharge Requirements) , and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (Lake or Streambed Alteration or Incidental Take Permit).
2016 Local CEQA Guidelines