Under the federal and state Endangered Species Acts, local jurisdictions using the SSHCP can permit their own projects or extend permit coverage to private applicants for projects that are described in the SSHCP as covered activities. These permits normally are issued on a project-by-project basis by agencies such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The SSHCP as part of this process will:
Analyze biological resources and identify conservation strategies for covered species
Forecast the extent and location of urban and suburban growth
Reconcile potential future growth with conservation strategies
The integration of endangered species and Section 404 permitting into one streamlined local permitting process will be the first of its kind under existing federal regulations.
The SSHCP and a related Aquatic Resources Program (ARP) will also set up an abbreviated process for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permitting under Section 404 of the federal Clean Water Act. The integration of endangered species and Section 404 permitting into one streamlined local permitting process will be the first of its kind under existing federal regulations. This proactive, coordinated approach to planning, permitting and conservation reduces costs and uncertainty.
The SSHCP is led by a multi-jurisdictional collaboration including Sacramento County; the cities of Rancho Cordova and Galt; the Sacramento County Water Agency; the Sacramento County Regional Sanitation District; and the Capital SouthEast Connector Joint Powers Authority.