Discretionary Permitting

Carpinteria Valley Water District's 3.0 Million Gallon (MG) Water Storage Tank and Rancho Monte Alegre Annexation, Santa Barbara County, California

Project Name: Carpinteria Valley Water District's 3.0 Million Gallon (MG) Water Storage Tank and Rancho Monte Alegre Annexation, Santa Barbara County, California
Services: CEQA, Permitting and Mitigation Compliance
Client: Carpinteria Valley Water District

Padre assisted the Carpinteria Valley Water District (District) in submitting the requests for a change in the District's Sphere of Influence and annexation of over 2,000 acres to the Santa Barbara Local Agency Formation Commission. Padre also assisted the District in the preparation and submission of Conditional Use Permit and Coastal Development permit applications required to pursue development of a 3 MG tank and associated infrastructure (e.g., pipelines, roads, pumping stations). Additionally, Padre assisted the District in obtaining a Streambed Alteration Agreement for construction of a temporary and permanent bridge proposed as part of the overall project. Permit amendment requests were also prepared and filed on behalf of the District to address revisions to the project.

Overall environmental consulting services provided to the District for this project included:

  • Siting constraints study;
  • CEQA compliance;
  • Permitting Assistance;
  • Biological Mitigation Plan Preparation; and
  • Biological/endangered species monitoring.

ExxonMobil Emergency Road Repairs in Las Flores and Venadito Canyons, County of Santa Barbara, California

Project Name: ExxonMobil Emergency Road Repairs in Las Flores and Venadito Canyons, County of Santa Barbara, California
Services: Environmental Permitting and Monitoring Services
Client: ExxonMobil Corporation

Padre staff members provided comprehensive emergency permitting and biological consulting services for erosion repairs in Las Flores and Venadito Canyons. Large storm events in January and February of 2009 created heavy flows in Las Flores, Corral and Venadito Creeks. These heavy flows resulted in stream bank erosion that jeopardized the ExxonMobil Facility’s main access road, emergency access road, and a fire water pipeline.

Acquired permits consisted of USACOE Emergency Permit (RGP 63), County of Santa Barbara Emergency Permit, County of Santa Barbara Coastal Development Permit, County of Santa Barbara Land Use Permit, RWQCB 401 Water Quality Certification, and CDFG Streambed Alteration Agreement.

Venadito and Las Flores Canyons are within sensitive habitat areas, which support special-status species including California red-legged frog and southwestern pond turtle, two-striped garter snake, Cooper’s Hawk, and yellow warbler. Because of these issues, Padre biologists conducted pre-construction surveys, and provided full-time biological monitoring.

Nipomo Waterline Inter-tie Project, Nipomo, California

Project Name: Nipomo Waterline Inter-tie Project, Nipomo, California
Services: Biological and Environmental Permitting
Client: Nipomo Community Services District

Padre assisted AECOM and the Nipomo Community Services District (NCSD) with permitting and biological services on the proposed NCSD Waterline Inter-tie project in Nipomo, California. The proposed project would include a pipeline to deliver up to 6,200 acre-feet per year of water from the City of Santa Maria to the NCSD’s customers. The project will include a directionally drilled segment of pipeline to cross beneath the Santa Maria River. Padre prepared a biological survey of the proposed pipeline alignment in support of the Environmental Impact Report preparation task of the project. Currently, Padre is acquiring agency permits for the construction of the proposed pipeline. Several regulatory agencies are involved in the permitting phase of the project, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, California Department of Fish and Game, the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District, and the City of Santa Maria.

Altamont Landfill Expansion, Alameda County, California

Project Name: Altamont Landfill Expansion, Alameda County, California
Services: Permitting and Conservation Management Plan
Client: Waste Management of Alameda County

Padre managed the regulatory permit process for the Fill Area 2 Expansion Project at the Altamont Landfill and Resource Recovery Facility in Alameda County, California. Permits issued included: a Section 404 wetland permit and federal and state endangered species permits. Padre has prepared a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) at the facility to set-aside in conservation easements approximately 990 acres of upland habitat and two acres of constructed wetlands to compensate for the loss of over 300 acres of special-status species habitat. Resident species include California tiger salamander, California red-legged frog, and San Joaquin kit fox. The CMP identifies project impacts on special-status species, biological goals and objectives of the plan, measures for minimizing and mitigating impacts, long-term monitoring procedures, and an adaptive management plan. The CMP includes a Grazing Management Plan, Pest Management Plan, and Wetlands Mitigation Plan. The permit applications were submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG), Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board (CVRWQCB), and County of Alameda.

As part of the CMP, Padre assisted in the development of a Conservation Easement to be held by the CDFG. Padre prepared cost estimates for the management, monitoring, and maintenance of the Conservation Easement in perpetuity; prepared a Habitat Management Acquisition Package for CDFG; and assisted in the development of an endowment for the long-term funding of the Conservation Easement. The USFWS has issued a Biological Opinion for the project; CDFG has issued a Consistency Determination for the Biological Opinion, issued a Section 1600 Streambed Alteration Agreement, and has approved the Conservation Easement; CVRWQCB has issued a Section 401 Water Quality Certification; and, the County of Alameda issued a conditional use permit. All permits were issued by the agencies, and Padre assisted in the preparation of the Conservation Easement and financial endowment plan with the California Wildlife Conservation Board and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The Conservation Easement has been approved and recorded by the County of Alameda.