Protecting Natural Communities in Solano and Yolo Counties
Solano Habitat Conservation Plan | Solano County, CA
The Solano Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) is a multispecies regional conservation plan that encompasses approximately 585,000 acres and addresses the conservation of 36 covered species, 36 additional special management species, and five broad natural communities/geographic regions in Solano and Yolo Counties. Some of the species addressed in the HCP include vernal pool crustaceans, California tiger salamander, Swainson’s hawk, burrowing owl, steelhead, and a variety of regionally endemic plant species. Activities proposed for coverage include future development and operations and maintenance activities of the plan participants. In total, there are 14 plan participants: six cities, five water supply/irrigation districts, and three special districts. LSA’s role in the development of the HCP has encompassed multiple tasks ranging from working with stakeholders to defining the purpose and guiding principles of the plan, developing the conservation strategy, addressing information and data gaps by conducting targeted studies of key resources, and working with plan participants to develop a database for plan implementation.
The development of the Solano HCP has been a joint effort, led by the Solano County Water Agency and LSA, with the plan participants: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the Solano HCP Stakeholders, and the general public. LSA is currently working with the Solano County Water Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the State Water Resources Control Board to integrate the Clean Water Act Section 404/401 permit processes with certain components of the HCP. LSA is also working closely with the USFWS, the NMFS, and the CDFW to obtain the required take authorizations for State- and federally listed species covered under the plan. The development of the plan began in 1999 and is now in the final stages.