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Arizona Regional Mitigation Strategy

March 25, 2015 Webinar Presentation

The BLM requests comments on the materials presented in the February and March webinars on goals and objectives and fee setting by April 20, 2015.

Additional Presentation documents may be found at the link to the right.

The BLM has established three solar energy zones (SEZ) in Arizona. These SEZs (Agua Caliente, Brenda, and Gillespie) constitute more than 8,000 acres identified as sites for solar energy development.  Along with the identification of SEZs, the BLM has committed to establishing SEZ regional mitigation strategies (SRMS) to identify potential impacts of solar development in SEZs and identify appropriate mitigation measures and processes to address these impacts.  SRMS development will be a public, stakeholder driven process.

Elements of a SEZ Regional Mitigation Strategy

  1. Describe SEZ and regional baseline conditions against which unavoidable impacts are assessed;
  2. Assess unavoidable impacts and identify which of those warrant offsite mitigation;
  3. Identify regional mitigation goals;
  4. Identify a method for calculating recommended mitigation fees for unavoidable adverse impacts;
  5. Identify and recommend a management structure to hold and apply mitigation investment funds;
  6. Evaluate and recommend appropriate mitigation investment locations, objectives, and/or actions; and
  7. Plan to implement mitigation and develop long-term monitoring and adaptive management recommendations to evaluate and maximize the mitigation’s effectiveness.

For more information or to be added to the project mailing list contact:
Lane Cowger
Project Manager
lcowger@blm.gov
602-417-9612


Regional Solar Mitigation Information

Mitigation Strategy Project Schedule

Frequently Asked Questions 

Workshop & Webinar Presentations

Arizona Solar Energy Zones

  • Agua Caliente SEZ
  • Brenda SEZ
  • Gillespie SEZ

BLM Solar Energy Program website

Dry Lake Solar (Nevada) Regional Mitigation Strategy Project website

Restoration Design Energy Project (RDEP)

Sonoran Desert Rapid Ecoregional Assessment (REA)

Riverside East (California) Long-Term Monitoring and Adaptive Management Pilot