LSA Laws and Regulations

Learn more about the Laws and Regulation which help to shape the LSA Program below.

Laws and Regulations Resources

Fish and Game Code section 1600-1617

The Legislature finds and declares that the protection and conservation of the fish and wildlife resources of this state are of utmost public interest. Fish and wildlife are the property of the people and provide a major contribution to the economy of the state, as well as providing a significant part of the people’s food supply; therefore their conservation is a proper responsibility of the state.

Fish & Game Code Section 1600-1617

SB 122: Protective Screens for Temporary Pump Intakes Workshop (Video) - Pursuant to Water Code section 1242.1, subdivision (e)(4), the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) conducted an online public workshop to review recommended design parameters and ranges of scenarios for deployment and use of protective screens on temporary pump intakes to minimize the impacts of diversion to fish and other aquatic life. In addition, representatives from the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) provided an overview of the new Water Code provisions and resources pertaining to diversions of floodflows for groundwater recharge.

Fish and Game Code section 1610 exempts certain types of emergency work from the notification requirement in Fish and Game Code section 1602.

  1. Immediate emergency work necessary to protect life or property.
  2. Immediate emergency repairs to public service facilities necessary to maintain service as a result of a disaster in an area in which a state of emergency has been proclaimed by the Governor pursuant to Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 8550) of Division 1 of Title 2 of the Government Code.
  3. Emergency projects undertaken, carried out, or approved by a state or local governmental agency to maintain, repair, or restore an existing highway, as defined in Section 360 of the Vehicle Code, within the existing right-of-way of the highway, that has been damaged as a result of fire, flood, storm, earthquake, land subsidence, gradual earth movement, or landslide, within one year of the damage. Work needed in the vicinity above and below a highway may be conducted outside of the existing right-of-way if it is needed to stop ongoing or recurring mudslides, landslides, or erosion that pose an immediate threat to the highway, or to restore those roadways damaged by mudslides, landslides, or erosion to their predamage condition and functionality. This paragraph does not exempt from this chapter any project undertaken, carried out, or approved by a state or local governmental agency to expand or widen a highway damaged by fire, flood, storm, earthquake, land subsidence, gradual earth movement, or landslide. The exception provided in this paragraph does not apply to a highway designated as an official state scenic highway pursuant to Section 262 of the Streets and Highways Code.

"Emergency" means "a sudden, unexpected occurrence, involving a clear and imminent danger, demanding immediate action to prevent or mitigate the loss of, or damage to, life, health, property, or essential public services. 'Emergency' includes such occurrences as fire, flood, earthquake, or other soil or geologic movements, as well as such occurrences as riot, accident, or sabotage." (Public Resources Code section 21060.3 (emphasis added)). See also Fish and Game Code section 1601, subdivision (c).

Although emergency work is exempt from the notification requirement in Fish and Game Code section 1602, the entity responsible for completing the emergency work must comply with other applicable local, state, and federal laws, including other provisions in the Fish and Game Code, such as section 5650 (prohibiting the discharge or release of deleterious substances or materials) and section 5901 (prohibiting the construction or maintenance of any device or contrivance that prevents or impedes fish passage).

Fees for Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreements Regulatory Text

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

CEQA, or the California Environmental Quality Act, is a statute that requires state and local agencies to identify the significant environmental impacts of their actions and to avoid or mitigate those impacts, if feasible.

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

California Endangered Species Act (CESA)

The California Endangered Species Act (CESA) states that all native species of fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, invertebrates, and plants, and their habitats, threatened with extinction and those experiencing a significant decline which, if not halted, would lead to a threatened or endangered designation, will be protected or preserved.

California Endangered Species Act (CESA)

Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA)

The Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975 (SMARA, Public Resources Code, Sections 2710-2796) provides a comprehensive surface mining and reclamation policy with the regulation of surface mining operations to assure that adverse environmental impacts are minimized and mined lands are reclaimed to a usable condition.

SMARA Statutes and Regulations

California Wild and Scenic Rivers Act

It is the policy of the State of California that certain rivers which possess extraordinary scenic, recreational, fishery, or wildlife values shall be preserved in their free-flowing state, together with their immediate environments, for the benefit and enjoyment of the people of the state.

California Wild and Scenic Rivers Act

Federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act

The National Wild and Scenic Rivers System was created by Congress in 1968 (Public Law 90-542; 16 U.S.C. 1271 et seq.) to preserve certain rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values in a free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations

Federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act

Habitat Restoration and Enhancement Act (HREA)

Habitat Restoration and Enhancement Act of 2014 (Act; Assem. Bill No. 2193, approved by Governor, Sept. 26, 2014) established a permitting process with CDFW for landowners, state and local government agencies, and conservation organizations wanting to implement small-scale, voluntary habitat restoration projects across California.

Habitat Restoration and Enhancement Act

For project and site specific LSA questions, contact the CDFW Region where the project is located.

Email the LSA Program Headquarters

Habitat Conservation Planning Branch
1010 Riverside Parkway, West Sacramento, CA 95605
Mailing: P.O. Box 944209, Sacramento, CA 94244-2090
(916) 653-4875