Eye on Green Diamond: Week 3

Aerial photo above Maple Creek by Kerul Dyer

Aerial photo above Maple Creek for EPIC by Kerul Dyer

Green Diamond Resource Company recently applied for a Master Agreement for Timber Operations and programmatic Road Management Waste Discharge Requirements from the Department of Fish and Game and the Regional Water Quality Control Board.  At present, the Department of Fish and Game has prepared a draft Mitigated Negative Declaration regarding this project. The Department of Fish and Game is acting as the lead agency with the Regional Water Board playing the role of a responsible agency. The MATO is designed to create a programmatic basin-level approach to road maintenance, construction, and decommissioning. The project primarily will provide programmatic coverage under Section 1600 of the California Fish and Game Code pertaining to streambed alteration.

However, the MATO has further reaching implications than simply construction, decommissioning, and maintaining roads and stream crossings. The MATO also provides ‘coverage’ along with programmatic mutually agreed mitigations for biological resources.  For example, the MATO contains a programmatic consultation for Osprey that may be impacted via operations on roads and associated with road facilities.  Furthermore, the MATO also contains a programmatic agreement for the treatment of threatened and endangered or at risk species that may be encountered or impacted in the course of road or road facilities maintenance, construction, and mitiga