CEQA Documents and Notices

One of the purposes of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is to disclose to the public the potentially significant environmental effects of projects approved or carried out by public agencies. Depending on the proposed project, a public agency might prepare a negative declaration, mitigated negative declaration, or environmental impact report. The public agency might also determine the project is exempt from CEQA. 

Most of CEQA’s disclosure requirements apply to the “lead agency” for a proposed project—the public agency with the principal responsibility for carrying out or approving a project. For most proposed projects, the Conservancy is not the “lead agency,” but rather a “responsible agency” with more limited responsibilities. However, for certain projects, such as habitat protection and restoration actions, or issuance of take authorizations to “Participating Special Entities” under the HCP/NCCP, the Conservancy may act as the CEQA lead agency.

The following are notices related to the preparation and availability of CEQA documents pertaining to proposed projects for which the Conservancy has acted as a lead agency or a responsible agency, as well as notices related to the Conservancy’s determinations regarding the projects.

Date of Board Action  Project Summary of Project CEQA Notice ECCC Habitat Conservancy Role
December 18, 2023 Roddy Ranch Golf Course Habitat Restoration Design, Phase 1 The Park District proposes the Roddy Ranch Habitat Restoration and Public Access Plan (Project): converting a former 230-acre golf course into a new Regional Park with approximately 4 miles of trails, a staging area, picnic site, interpretive pavilion, and restrooms as well as the restoration of grasslands, wetlands, and former golf course drainages. Project conforms to the East Contra Costa County HCP/NCCP. An addendum to the Roddy Ranch Golf Course IS/MND (SCH#1998072090) has been prepared. The current action taken by the East Contra Costa Habitat Conservancy is acceptance of grant funding from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Wildlife Conservation Board for habitat restoration design and moving forward with that work. NOD - RRGC Grant 2023 (PDF) Responsible Agency
December 18, 2023 Knightsen Wetland Restoration Project: Early Implementation Actions The Knightsen Wetland Restoration Project, when constructed, will restore the ranch to high quality habitat for special status species. The ecological benefits will extend beyond target species in the East Contra Costa County HCP/NCCP, as the project will also support migratory birds and Delta species. There are also anticipated Delta water quality benefits. This is a large restoration effort that includes reconnecting this parcel to Delta tidal flows. The project is in planning and design phase with a current action of accepting grant funding from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Wildlife Conservation Board for early implementation actions. NOE - Knighsten Wetland Restoration Project Grant (PDF) Lead Agency