Release Date: April 10, 2020
To: California and Nevada State Clearinghouses, Cooperating Agencies, California Responsible and Trustee Agencies, Other Public Agencies, Interested Individuals and Organizations
Subject: Scoping Notice and Notice of Preparation for Joint Environmental Assessment / Environmental Impact Report / Environmental Impact Statement
The USDA Forest Service-Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU), California Tahoe Conservancy (Conservancy), and Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) are proposing to prepare a joint environmental document for the Lake Tahoe West Restoration Project (Project). The LTBMU is proposing to prepare an Environmental Assessment pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (42 U.S. Code 4321 – 4347), the Council on Environmental Quality’s Regulations Implementing NEPA (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] 1500 – 1508), Forest Service Manual 1950, and Forest Service Handbook 1909.15. The Conservancy is proposing to prepare an Environmental Impact Report pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) (Public Resources Code Section 21000 et seq.) and the State CEQA Guidelines (California Code of Regulations Section 15000 et seq.). TRPA is proposing to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement pursuant to the Tahoe Regional Planning Compact (Public Law 96-551), Code of Ordinances, and Rules of Procedure. This notice meets the federal noticing requirements for a scoping notice for an Environmental Assessment and the TRPA and CEQA noticing requirements for a Notice of Preparation.