Laws & Regulations

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

Laws and Regulations Resources

Fish and Game Code section 1600-1616

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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