Latest News/Updates

Mitigation Fee Adjustments

  • HCP/NCCP Fees were adjusted on March 15, 2014 pursuant to cost indices and formulas prescrived by the HCP/NCCP (summary).

Conservancy Request for Proposals

  • The East Contra Costa County releases a Request for Proposals for on-call work. Completed proposals are due to the Conservancy by 5 p.m. on October 31, 2013. (RFP)

2012 Annual Report

  • The 2012 Annual Report and Year in Reivew document were approved at the June 27th meeting of the East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservancy Governing Board. (Annual Report) (Year in Review)

Mitigation Fee Adjustments

  • HCP/NCCP Fees were adjusted on March 15, 2013 pursuant to cost indices and formulas prescribed by the HCP/NCCP (summary).

Vacant Seat on Public Advisory Committee

  • The East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservancy seeks (1) suburban or rural resident of Eastern Contra Costa County to serve on the Public Advisory Committee to provide input on implementation of the East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservation Plan/Natural Community Conservation Plan. For more information and application materials please click here. Applications must be received by March 30, 2012 by email to maureen.parkes@dcd.cccounty.us or mail to Maureen Parkes, Contra Costa County Department of Conservation and Development, 30 Muir Rd., Martinez, CA 94553.

Coordinating the HCP/NCCP with Wetlands Regulations

  • Corps Issues Draft Regional General Permit Related to East Contra Costa County HCP/NCCP: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District, (Corps) proposes to issue a regional general permit (RGP) for activities that would cause no more than minimal adverse impacts to the aquatic environment within the Plan Area of the East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservation Plan/Natural Community Conservation Plan (HCP/NCCP, or “Plan”). The proposed RGP would authorize placement of dredged or fill material into waters of the U.S. pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. The purpose of the proposed RGP would be to expedite Department of the Army (DA) authorization of recurring activities that are similar in nature and would have minimal individual and cumulative impacts on the aquatic environment. The proposed RGP is part of an overall strategy envisioned in the HCP/NCCP to balance the protection of important natural resources with long-term economic development in the area covered by the Plan. One of the central premises of the proposed RGP is that for purposes of Section 404’s requirement to avoid and minimize impacts to waters of the U.S., the RGP would recognize the “regional avoidance” strategy adopted by the HCP/NCCP. Use of the RGP would be intended to reduce the amount of paperwork and time required to authorize qualifying activities. Written comments and/or a request for a paper copy of the notice may be submitted to Corps Project Manager Mary Pakenham-Walsh at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Regulatory Division, California Delta Branch, 1325 J Street, Room 1480, Sacramento, CA 95814-2922, e-mail Mary.R.Pakenham-Walsh@usace.army.mil, or telephone 916-557-7718. Comments must be received by March 16, 2011.
  • Corps Issues Public Notice on Conservancy's Proposed In-Lieu Fee Program: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District (Corps) has posted Public Notice SPK-2001-00147 to the public notices section of its website. The Corps is evaluating a proposal by the East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservancy (Conservancy) to establish an In-Lieu Fee (ILF) program in accordance with the federal "Mitigation Rule" (33 CFR Part 332). The proposed ILF program would be implemented in conjunction with the East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservation Plan/Natural Community Conservation Plan (HCP/NCCP). It would serve the HCP/NCCP's existing Plan Area, a 174,018-acre portion of eastern Contra Costa County, California. The ILF program, together with regional permitting strategies under development with the Corps and other state and federal agencies are proposed by the Conservancy to better coordinate permitting and conservation related to wetlands and waters with permitting and conseravtion related to species. Written comments and/or a request for a paper copy of the notice may be submitted to Corps Project Manager Mary Pakenham-Walsh at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Regulatory Division, California Delta Branch, 1325 J Street, Room 1480, Sacramento, CA 95814-2922, e-mail Mary.R.Pakenham-Walsh@usace.army.mil, or telephone 916-557-7718. Comments must be received by February 14, 2011.

Mitigation Fee Adjustments

  • HCP/NCCP Fees were adjusted on March 15, 2011 pursuant to cost indices and formulas prescribed by the HCP/NCCP (summary). The Conservancy is currently conducting the periodic fee audit required by the HCP/NCCP which could result in further adjustment to some or all fees in 2011.