The Habitat Restoration and Enhancement Act (HREA) of 2014 (Fish & G. Code §§ 1650-1657) established a permitting process with CDFW for landowners, state and local governments, and conservation organizations seeking to implement small-scale, voluntary habitat restoration projects throughout California. Restoration and enhancement projects approved by CDFW, pursuant to HREA, do not require additional permits from CDFW, such as a Lake and Streambed Alteration agreement or California Endangered Species Act permit.
To qualify, HREA projects must:
Two permitting pathways are defined in Fish & Game Code:
- Section 1652 - This pathway is appropriate for projects that have not received 401 SHRP certification. CDFW has 60 days to determine if a 1652 request is complete and eligible for coverage under the HREA.
- Section 1653 - This pathway is appropriate for projects that have received 401 SHRP certification. CDFW has 30 days to determine if a 1653 request is complete and eligible for coverage under the HREA.