Natomas Basin Habitat Conservation Plan
The Natomas Basin Habitat Conservation Plan (NBHCP), adopted in November 1997
and revised in 2003, is designed to promote biological conservation along with
economic development and continuation of agriculture in the 53,341-acre Natomas
Basin, located in portions of northern Sacramento and southern Sutter Counties.
The NBHCP was also prepared to satisfy a condition of an U.S. Army Corp of
Engineers permit, with the program implementation under the direction of the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game, and the
City of Sacramento.
The NBHCP established a multi-species conservation program to mitigate the expected
loss of habitat values and incidental take of protected species that would result
from urban development, operation of irrigation and drainage systems, and rice
farming. To meet the mitigation goals of the NBHCP, a mitigation fee is paid to
the Natomas Basin Conservancy by developers of projects when they apply for building
permits. The Conservancy then uses the mitigation fees to acquire, restore, and
manage mitigation lands to provide habitat for protected species and maintain
agriculture in the Basin. Since the program inception, the Conservancy has acquired
approximately 30 mitigation properties totaling over 4,500 acres.
Draft Environmental Impact Report