The BLM hosted a public workshop for the Riverside East Solar Energy Zone Solar Long-Term Monitoring and Adaptive Management Pilot Project on December 11 and 12, from 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Renaissance Palm Springs, 888 Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, California 92262. Documents from the workshop are posted below.
With the approval of the Solar Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement in October 2012, the BLM committed to developing a robust, long-term, scientifically sound monitoring and adaptive management strategy for its Solar Energy Program. Broadly and consistently collected ecological data and other nonbiological (e.g., visual, noise, cultural, and socioeconomic) information will generate essential information needed for sound decision making during the permitting, operation, and restoration phases of solar projects.
The BLM’s Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring (AIM) Strategy for condition and trend monitoring of BLM-managed resources and lands will serve as the basis for a long-term solar monitoring and adaptive management strategy (Solar LTMS).
The BLM is piloting the Solar LTMS in a limited fashion initially by implementing the plan in the Riverside East Solar Energy Zone (SEZ). The pilot will produce a LTMS for Riverside East, as well as a suggested process to be followed in other SEZs. Results of the pilot will aid the BLM in refining the LTMS framework and will allow for replication of a sound process across the remainder of the SEZs and other program lands.
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