Today, both the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Water Board) approved the Final Mitigation and Monitoring Proposal (MMP) for the Willits Bypass Project. This MMP is the result of years of negotiations between Caltrans and these two agencies, and its approval allows Caltrans to continue forward with the construction of the bypass and mitigation projects.
The Regional Water Board also stated that additional mitigation measures already incorporated into the mitigation project by Caltrans, along with mitigation recently added to the MMP, were sufficient for the delayed start of the project. These measures include a 4.9‐acre bypass project impact reduction, which resulted from design changes since August 2010, and additional mitigation consisting of approximately 29 acres of wetland establishment areas. The MMP was also modified to include additional erosion repair and stabilization at three locations in a local tributary.
This action by the Regional Water Board reaffirms Caltrans commitment to the environment and Sustainable Highway Design.
[This post was modified on 6-16-2014 to clarify the additional mitigation.]