Advance Mitigation

10/20/2021 - Draft Six Northern Mojave Sub-Basins and Owens Lake Sub-Basin Regional Advance Mitigation Needs Assessment (RAMNA); Public Meeting; Public Comment Period Ends November 19, 2021; Participating Agency Comment Period Ends December 20, 2021.

On 10/19/21, Caltrans released the draft Six Northern Mojave Sub-Basins & the Owens Lake Sub-Basin Regional Advance Mitigation Needs Assessment (RAMNA) document for a 30 day public review and a 60 day natural resource regulatory agency review. The document was prepared to assist Caltrans District 9 with its advance mitigation planning. During that time, consistent with the Guidelines, Caltrans scheduled a virtual public meeting for October 25, 2021, from 2:30PM—5:00PM. Consistent with the Process Agreement, a meeting will be held with the participating agencies during the review period as well, prior to the end of their comment period. All comments will be considered by Caltrans before finalizing the RAMNA.

Please send us an email at advance.mitigation@dot.ca.gov for instructions for attending the public meeting and downloading the document, or if you have any questions. When the final document is available, an announcement will be sent out to our mailing list. Please sign up for our mailing list using the link below, under the "Stay Informed" tab.

 

9/8/2021 - Draft Lower Sacramento Basin RAMNA; Public Meeting; Public Comment Period Ends October 8, 2021; Participating Agency Comment Period Ends November 8, 2021.

On 8/8/21, Caltrans released the draft Lower Sacramento Basin Regional Advance Mitigation Needs Assessment (RAMNA) document for a 30 day public review and a 60 day natural resource regulatory agency review. The document was prepared to assist Caltrans District 3 with its advance mitigation planning. During that time, consistent with the Guidelines, Caltrans scheduled a virtual public meeting a for September 23, 2021, from 2:00PM—4:30PM. Consistent with the Process Agreement, a meeting will be held with the participating agencies during the review period as well, prior to the end of their comment period. All comments will be considered by Caltrans before finalizing the RAMNA. When available, directions for downloading the final document and an associated comment response document will be posted on this website. When the final document is available, an announcement will be sent out to our mailing list. Sign up for our mailing list using the link below, under the "Stay Informed" tab.

Please send us an email at advance.mitigation@dot.ca.gov for instructions for attending the public meeting and downloading the document, or if you have any questions. 

 

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The Caltrans Advance Mitigation Program (Program) was established by the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 authorizing Caltrans to plan and implement advance mitigation solutions for its future transportation projects. This new business practice allows Caltrans to reduce delays by proactively obtaining environmental mitigation in advance of - rather than during - transportation projects. The Caltrans Division of Environmental Analysis (DEA) administers the Program and supports Caltrans Districts interested in planning and delivering advance mitigation projects.

The primary goal of the Program is to address longer-term future environmental mitigation needs resulting in improved environmental, economic and project delivery outcomes. By consolidating the forecasted mitigation needs of multiple future transportation projects, Caltrans can potentially provide strategically placed and environmentally sound replacement habitat and shorten project delivery timelines, resulting in both time and cost savings. Ultimately, the Program aims to help Caltrans meet conservation goals in addition to regulatory requirements.

  • Accelerate transportation project delivery
  • Improve environmental outcomes
  • Enhance communication with stakeholders and California Department of Fish & Wildlife
  • Ensure that the Program account is self-sustaining
Planning and implementation of the Program is a collaboration effort between Caltrans and its twelve Districts as well as the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. In addition, Caltrans regularly consults with agency partners such as the California State Water Resource Control BoardU.S. Army Corps of Engineers South Pacific DivisionU.S. Environmental Protection AgencyU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the California Coastal Commission, and National Marine Fisheries Service on how to apply the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration Eco-Logical vision on infrastructure development and ecosystem conservation integration in order to harmonize economic, environmental, and social needs and objectives.