HCP News and Updates

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SCIENCE AND RESEARCH GRANT PROGRAM

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

The East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservancy is accepting funding proposals for our Science and Research Grant Program. The Conservancy is looking to fund small science and research projects that will contribute to our understanding of target special status species and how to better manage their habitat.

Under this Science and Research Grant Program, the Conservancy may fund research that endeavors to illuminate, and where possible to resolve, uncertainties associated with management of natural communities and covered species. Research selected for funding will aid in achieving the biological goals and objectives of the East Contra Costa County HCP/NCCP and inform management actions and/or contribute to the general understanding of a covered species. Such research will generally relate to the following:

  • Efficacy of natural community enhancement/creation/restoration techniques,
  • Refining ecological requirements of covered species,
  • Response of covered species and natural communities to implementation of management actions within the Preserve System, or
  • Strategies to conduct management or monitoring actions that support and/or lead to better management of natural communities or covered species.

Awarded projects may work with the Conservancy and East Bay Regional Park District to access over 13,000 acres of conserved lands in east Contra Costa County for research. More details about the program, how to apply, and submittal requirements are included in the following RFP. Proposals will be accepted until Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 5 pm.

Science and Research Grant Program RFP (743 KB - PDF)

HCP/NCCP IMPLEMENTATION POLICIES

Implementation Policy Regarding Installation of Solar Energy Facilities

Outside the Urban Development Area (1.7 MB - PDF)

RECENTLY PERMITTED PROJECTS AND ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW

The Conservancy is often times the Lead Agency for Participating Special Entity projects. Being the Lead Agency means overseeing the environmental review process for all projects requiring a decision to be made at the discretion of the Conservancy's Governing Board. The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is the environmental review process and provides a means to inform decision-makers about potential environmental impacts that would result from a project.

The projects listed below has been approved for take coverage by the Conservancy:

P66 Line 200 Anomaly Investigation and Repair - Spring 2021 Project

Approved by the Governing Board on February 22, 2021
Notice of Exemption (1.2 MB - PDF)

PG&E Transmission Pipeline L-114 Replacement Project

Approved by the Governing Board on January 8, 2021
Notice of Determination (136 KB - PDF)

MITIGATION FEE ADJUSTMENTS

The ECCC HCP/NCCP mitigation fees were adjusted on February 25, 2021, pursuant to the cost indices and formulas prescribed in the HCP/NCCP. New mitigation fee calculators can be found on the Project Permitting page.
Fee Adjustment Summary (PDF)