Document Title M N D Chatsworth Reservoir Wetland And Riparian Mitigation Program
Type Mitigated Negative Declarations
SCH# 2008041020
County Name Los Angeles ( South / Coastal CA Region )
Lead Agency Los Angeles, City of
Abstract
BFI proposes to establish an approximate 44-acre conservation easement within DWP's Chatsworth Reservoir property to mitigate for the loss of riparian and wetland habitats resulting from its Sunshine Canyon Landfill Closure and Extension projects near Sylmar, California. The Chatsworth Reservoir property covers approximately 1,318 acres, about 410 acres of which comprises the former water supply reservoir; the remaining acreage consists largely of surrounding undeveloped land. The conservation easement area would be located immediately to the west of the reservoir levee and would contain both riparian and wetland habitats, approximately seven acres of which are existing, and approximately 37 acres of which will be created and restored by BFI in compliance with its regulatory permitting requirements. BFI will compensate DWP for the right to use a portion of the reservoir property to create the 44-acre conservation easement area. DWP will transfer the conservation easement area to RAP to ensure its preservation in perpetuity. In addition, up to 96 acres of adjoining reservoir property will also be transferred to RAP for open space and potential future public parkland. Once the restoration plan, conservation and land transfer are approved, BFI will initiate restoration activities within the conservation easement area and maintain and monitor it for five years, providing progress reports during this period to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG). Once BFI receives written approval from these agencies that their mitigation commitments and permit requirements have been met, the conservation easement area will then be maintained by RAP. At this time RAP plans to maintain the property in its natural state; there are no plans to open the area to public access.


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