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EA-1697: Final Environmental Assessment

Right-of-Way Maintenance in the San Joaquin Valley, California

This Environmental Assessment (EA) evaluates environmental impacts of the Proposed Action (San Joaquin Valley Right-of-Way Maintenance Project) and the No Action Alternative. 

Western’s San Joaquin Valley ROW Maintenance Program serves to update the existing O&M Program to include all transmission lines, associated legal access roads, substations, and the maintenance facility into one comprehensive Master O&M Program. The Master O&M Program would include additional maintenance activities that are outside the scope of the previous biological opinion and PA, particularly the use of herbicides in some areas. This EA provides information for further ESA and NHPA consultation processes required for the additional maintenance activities (see Section 1.2). Furthermore, this EA is intended to streamline other regulatory and permitting requirements, as described in Section 2.2.4. Finally, this EA analyzes the potential environmental consequences of the proposed Project, as required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and other relevant Federal regulations (see Section 1.5).