Simplified Statewide Permits
Many state and federal agencies have developed simplified approaches for permitting restoration projects. These "programmatic" permits apply to a variety of restoration projects saves significant time and money for both the applicant and agency staff, without sacrificing environmental protections.
For example, Sustainable Conservation works with state and federal agencies to develop simplified approaches for permitting voluntary restoration projects. See their list of expedited/simplified programmatic permits and approvals currently available from state and federal agencies for habitat restoration projects. Additional information on programmatic permits described in identified the Wood for Salmon Working Group’s Guidance Document on Permitting Wood Restoration Projects in Central and Northern Coastal California.
Habitat Restoration and Enhancement Act of 2014
The Habitat Restoration and Enhancement Act of 2014 (AB2193) established a simplified permitting process with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for landowners, state and local government agencies, and conservation organizations wanting to implement small-scale, voluntary habitat restoration projects across California. Restoration and Enhancement projects approved by CDFW, pursuant to the Act, will not require additional permits from CDFW, such as a Lake or Streambed Alteration agreement or California Endangered Species Act permit. Additionally, CDFW will approve complete applications within 30-days or 60-days depending on the type of request submitted (i.e., Fish & G. Code, §§ 1652 or 1653).
More information is available at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's webpage on the Habitat Restoration and Enhancement Act and Sustainable Conservation's HRE webpage. Sustainable Conservation's Application Guide is available here.
Coho HELP Act of 2012
The Coho Salmon Habitat Enhancement Leading to Preservation Act, or Coho HELP Act, streamlines permitting from California Department of Fish and Wildlife for coho salmon habitat enhancement projects in coastal northern California. Projects are limited to removal of road crossings and culverts impeding fish passage, streambank erosion and revegetation, and instream wood placement. More information is available at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's webpage on the Coho HELP Act.
Wood for Salmon Working Group
The Wood for Salmon Working Group to identify potential mechanisms to simplify permitting processes and incentivize implementation of more large wood augmentation projects. The group developed a Guidance Document on Permitting Wood Restoration Projects in Central and Northern Coastal California and other tools and resources.