Early Mitigation: building a more collaborative future for our resources

The ESEMP builds on efforts underway at a statewide level to consider mitigation on a regional or watershed level. Using a GIS tool being developed statewide, and analyses conducted by ICE in the Elkhorn Slough watershed as part of a pilot project, this project will match an inventory of specific habitat types projected to be impacted by future transportation projects with suitable properties that would be available for compensatory mitigation. ESEMP invests in collaborative planning and negotiations with appropriate resource, regulatory, and planning organizations, relying on the best available science to develop mitigation agreements that meet the needs for transportation mitigation and promote resource conservation.

The overall objective of this task order is to help facilitate the development of early mitigation planning that will incorporate regional-scale mitigation which could be implemented prior to traditional transportation project milestones. Through this collaborative process, by investigating methods to allow for the early implementation of biological mitigation, the Interagency Steering Committee can help promote more cost effective, collaborative resource conservation on a watershed level while also achieving transportation objectives.