Section 7.0 of the Conservation Strategy presents methods for coordinating the acquisition of permits for implementation of the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan (CVFPP). These approaches have been initiated and are expected to be used in the future to mitigate impacts on species and habitats that result from CVFPP actions. As explained in Section 7.0, one regional permitting tool used by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is the development of advance mitigation projects.
This appendix further describes the purpose and benefits of advance mitigation, DWR’s efforts to date, and the process for selecting the first set of advance mitigation projects that will support the CVFPP. Each advance mitigation project has been, or will be, carefully selected in collaboration with permitting agencies to mitigate the effects of activities that will be implemented by DWR and Local Maintaining Agencies in the Systemwide Planning Area (SPA). DWR and the resource agencies are continuing to develop the mechanisms for crediting and a process for tracking the credits. Future advance mitigation projects are likely to follow the same process described herein.