Draft Environmental Impact Statement - Fresno to Bakersfield

California HSR – Fresno to Bakersfield

The Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) describes the Project’s purpose and need, identifies all reasonable alternatives including track alignments, stations, and heavy maintenance facilities as well as the no action alternative, describes the affected environment, analyzes the potential environmental impacts of all the reasonable alternatives and the no action alternative, and identifies appropriate mitigation measures to minimize the potential environmental impacts.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers served as a cooperating agency on this Draft EIR/EIS. The Corps is the agency responsible for issuing permits for discharge of dredged or fill material within Waters of the U. S. [Fresno to Bakersfield U.S. Army Corps 404 Notice, Attachment]

The highlights of the Fresno to Bakersfield Draft EIR/EIS [Fresno to Bakersfield Highlights] explains the alternatives under consideration, provides a summary of key findings, and next steps in the environmental process and project implementation. A link to the Draft EIR/EIS detailed project summary is provided below.

Public Hearings on the Draft EIR/EIS were held:

  • In Fresno on September 20, 2011, from 3 pm to 8 pm at the Fresno Convention Center (848 M Street, Fresno, CA 93721)
  • In Hanford on September 21, 2011, from 3 pm to 8 pm at the Civic Auditorium (400 N. Douty Street, Hanford, CA 93230)
  • In Bakersfield on September 22, 2011, from 3 pm to 8 pm at the Beale Memorial Library (701 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield,CA 93301)

Fresno to Bakersfield Draft EIR/EIS documents for download:

The following documents are available in Adobe Acrobat PDF Format, which is available for download at no cost on the Internet. (Note: many of these files are very large and could take up to several minutes to download.)

Volume I: Report
Signature Page 226 kb
Preface 60 kb
Summary 780 kb
1.0 Project Purpose, Need, and Objectives 539 kb
2.0 Alternatives 8.3 MB
3.0 Affected Environment, Environmental Consequences, and Mitigation Measures
3.1 Introduction 230 kb
3.2 Transportation 2.9 MB
3.3 Air Quality and Global Climate Change 1.2 MB
3.4 Noise and Vibration 2.7 MB
3.5 Electromagnetic Fields and Electromagnetic Interference 440 kb
3.6 Public Utilities and Energy 1.5 MB
3.7 Biological Resources and Wetlands 3.7 MB
3.8 Hydrology and Water Resources 2.8 MB
3.9 Geology, Soils, and Seismicity 4.1 MB
3.10 Hazardous Materials and Wastes 1.3 MB
3.11 Safety and Security 985 kb
3.12 Socioeconomics, Communities, and Environmental Justice 1.9 MB
3.13 Station Planning, Land Use, and Development 2.2 MB
3.14 Agricultural Lands 3.0 MB
3.15 Parks, Recreation, and Open Space 1.2 MB
3.16 Aesthetics and Visual Resources 10.9 MB
3.17 Cultural and Paleontological Resources 2.1 MB
3.18 Regional Growth 297 kb
3.19 Cumulative Impacts 296 kb
4.0 Draft Section 4(f)/6(f) Evaluation 2.1 MB
5.0 Project Costs and Operations 118 kb
6.0 CEQA/NEPA Decision Process and Other Considerations 60 kb
7.0 Public and Agency Involvement 260 kb
8.0 EIR/EIS Distribution 44 kb
9.0 List of Preparers 46 kb
10.0 References/Sources Used in Document Preparation 365 kb
11.0 Glossary of Terms 198 kb
12.0 Index 51 kb
13.0 Acronyms and Abbreviations 110 kb
Volume II: Technical Appendices
2-A Road Crossings 196 kb
2-B Railroad Crossings 165 kb
2-C Operations and Service Plan Summary 642 kb
3.1-A Parcels Within HST Footprint 66.9 MB
3.4-A Noise and Vibration 563 kb
3.5-A Technical Study: Pre-Construction Electromagnetic Measurement Survey of 10 Locations Along the Fresno to Bakersfield Section 25.7 MB
3.6-A Existing Plus Project Conditions Energy Analysis 76 kb
3.6-B Technical Memorandum: Water Usage Analysis for CHST Fresno to Bakersfield Section 1.9 MB
3.6-C Energy Analysis Memorandum 156 kb
3.7-A Special-Status Species and Observed Habitats 2.1 MB
3.7-B Comparison of Impacts on Biological Resources by Alternative 152 kb
3.11-A Safety and Security Data 81 kb
3.11-B Airport Obstructions 65 kb
3.12-A Residential, Business, and Mobile Home Relocation Assistance Brochures 1.5 MB
3.13-A Land Use Plans, Goals, and Policies 167 kb
3.17-A Programmatic Agreement 824 kb
3.19-A Planned and Potential Projects and Plans 1.0 MB
3.19-B Planned and Potential Transportation Projects 1.1 MB
5-A Operating Cost Memorandum 361 kb
Volume III: Alignments and Other Plans
Section A: Alignment Plans, Part 1 of 2 82.6 MB
Section B: Alignment Plans, Part 2 of 2 79.2 MB
Section C: Roadway and Grade Separation Plans, Part 1 of 2 135 MB
Section D: Roadway and Grade Separation Plans, Part 2 of 2 71.9 MB
Section E: Station Plans 6.8 MB