The purpose of the EACCS is to preserve endangered species by developing a shared vision for long term habitat protection. The EACCS will assess areas all across East Alameda County for their conservation value and establish guiding biological principles for conducting conservation in the county. Part of that guidance will include working with willing landowners to implement long-term conservation stewardship that would offset impacts from local land use, transportation or other infrastructure projects.
The following local agencies and Resource Agencies are developing the EACCS partnership.
- Alameda County Congestion Management Agency
- Alameda County Resource Conservation District
- Alameda County Waste Management Authority
- City of Dublin
- City of Livermore
- City of Pleasanton
- County of Alameda
- East Bay Regional Park District
- Natural Resources Conservation Service
- San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board
- Zone 7 Water Agency
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- California Department of Fish and Wildlife
There are a number of infrastructure projects planned for the eastern part of Alameda County over the coming years and these projects will benefit from a reliable biological framework to guide environmental mitigation. The EACCS will
- Provide a blueprint for regional conservation of biological species in East Alameda County.
- Streamline the environmental permitting process; thereby reducing project delays and costs.
- Provide guidance to project proponents by focusing mitigation efforts on focal species due to future development and infrastructure improvements.
- Facilitate ongoing conservation programs by providing a coordinated approach supported by local stakeholders and regulatory agencies.
Conservation Strategy Document
The EACCS will focus on achieving biological goals and objectives for East Alameda County. The EACCS document will include the following information:
- Regional maps that identify land suitable for voluntary mitigation or conservation
- Mitigation ratios for various resources that are acceptable to regulatory agencies
- Standards for habitat restoration
- Best management and maintenance practices for conservation sites
- Standards for monitoring
- Guidelines for adaptive management that provide flexibility in implementing the conservation strategy