Lompoc Wind Energy Project

Final Environmental Impact Report

 

Cover

Title Page

Modifications to FEIR Adopted Prior to Certification

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

1.0 Introduction

2.0 Project Description

Figure 2-1. Regional Location

Figure 2-2. Lompoc Wind Energy Facility

Figure 2-3. Average Annual Wind Resource at 50M (164 ft)

Figure 2-4. Power Line Route

Figure 2-5. Examples of Wind Turbine Generators

Figure 2-6. Typical Wind Turbine Generator

Figure 2-7. Examples of Project Components and Construction Details

Figure 2-8. Layout of Proposed O&M Facility

Figure 2-9. Portable Concrete Batch Plant

 

3.0 Environmental Setting, Impacts, and Mitigation

3.1 Introduction

 

3.2 Aesthetics/Visual Resources

Figure 3.2-1. Context Photos

Figure 3.2-2. Context Photos

Figure 3.2-3. Context Photos

Figure 3.2-4. Context Photos

Figure 3.2-5. Zone of Visual Impact Analysis 492 and 436 Foot Turbine Height

Figure 3.2-6. Aerial View of Project

Figure 3.2-7. USGS View of Project

Figure 3.2-8. Power line Location

Figure 3.2-9. Examples of Wind Turbines and Power Poles

Figure 3.2-10. KOP Map

Figure 3.2-11. KOP 1 Simulation

Figure 3.2-12. KOP 2 Simulation

Figure 3.2-13. KOP 3 Simulation

Figure 3.2-14. KOP 4 Simulation

Figure 3.2-15. KOP 5 Simulation

Figure 3.2-16. KOP 6 Simulation

Figure 3.2-17. KOP 7 Simulation

Figure 3.2-18A. Baseline Conditions for KOP 8 La Purisima Mission

Figure 3.2-18B. Visual Simulation for KOP 8 La Purisima Mission

Figure 3.2-19. KOP 9 Simulation

Figure 3.2-20. KOP 10 Simulation

Figure 3.2-21. KOP 1 Night Simulation

Figure 3.2-22. KOP 4 Night Simulation

Figure 3.2-23. KOP 5 Night Simulation

Figure 3.2-24. KOP 7 Night Simulation

Figure 3.2-25A. Baseline Conditions for KOP 8 La Purisima Mission at Night

Figure 3.2-25B. Visual Simulation for KOP 8 La Purisima Mission at Night

Figure 3.2-26. KOP 9 Night Simulation

Figure 3.2-27A. Baseline Conditions for KOP 11 Upper San Miguelito Road near Sudden Road

Figure 3.2-27B. Visual Simulation for KOP 11 Upper San Miguelito Road near Sudden Road

Figure 3.2-28A. Baseline Conditions for KOP 12 San Miguelito Road at Miguelito County Park

Figure 3.2-28B. Visual Simulation for KOP 12 San Miguelito Road at Miguelito County Park

Figure 3.2-29. Existing Conditions for San Miguelito Road approaching Miguelito County Park from the north (view of La Tinta Hill in foreground)

Figure 3.2-30A. Baseline Conditions for KOP 13 inside Miguelito County Park

Figure 3.2-30B. Visual Simulationfor KOP 13 inside Miguelito County Park

 

3.3 Agricultural Resources

Figure 3.3-1. Important Farmland in the Project Area

 

3.4 Air Quality

 

3.5 Biological Resources

Figure 3.5-1. Avian Point Count Locations

Figure 3.5-2. Plant Communities and Wildlife Habitat within the Proposed LWEF Site

Figure 3.5-3. Gaviota Tarplant Occurrence in Areas Potentially Disturbed BY LWEF Construction

Figure 3.5-4. Areas within which El Segundo Blue Butterflies (ESBB) Were Documented on Vandenberg Air Force Base During the 2007 Flight Season

Figure 3.5-5. Habitat with Coast Buckwheat (Eriogonum parvifolium)

Figure 3.5-6. Wetlands and Other Sensitive Habitats within the Project Area

Figure 3.5-7. Biological Buffers Around Sensitive Biological Features

 

3.6 Cultural Resources

 

3.7 Energy/Electric Utilities

 

3.8 Fire Hazards and Emergency Services

Figure 3.8-1. 1996-2000 Flash Density Map

Figure 3.8-2. Closest City and County Fire and Police Stations Serving the Project Area

 

3.9 Geology and Soils

Figure 3.9-1. Geology in the Project Area

Figure 3.9-2. Soil Units in the Project Area

Figure 3.9-3. Faults in the Project Area

 

3.10 Land Use

Figure 3.10-1. Zoning Designations in the Project Area

Figure 3.10-2. General Plan Land Use Designations in the Project Area

 

3.11 Noise

Figure 3.11-1. Predicted Sound Pressure Levels Ldn (dba)

 

 

3.12 Paleontological Resources

 

 

3.13 Risk of Accidents, Hazardous Materials, and Safety

Figure 3.13-1. Potential Hazard Zones

 

3.14 Traffic and Circulation

Figure 3.14-1. Local Area Roads

 

 

3.15 Water Resources

Figure 3.15-1. Surface Water Features

 

 

3.16 Other Issue Areas

 

4.0 Cumulative Impacts

Figure 4-1. Cumulative Project Locations in the Northern (Unincorporated) Lompoc Area

Figure 4-2. Cumulative Project Locations in the City of Lompoc

 

5.0 Alternatives Analysis

Figure 5.2-1. Alternative Power Line Routes A, B, and C

Figure 5.2-2. Alternative Power Line Route D

Figure 5.2-3. Alternative Power Line Route E

Figure 5.2-4. Alternative Power Line Route F

Figure 5.3-1. Project Alternatives 1 and 2

Figure 5.3-2. Alternative Power Line Route No. 1

Figure 5.3-3. Example of Tubular Steel Pole

Figure 5.3-4. KOP 2 ALT Simulation

 

6.0 Other CEQA Considerations

 

7.0 Comments Received on the DEIR and Responses

7.1 Responses to Comments-Applicant

7.2 Responses to Comments-Government

7.3 Responses to Comments-Public part 1

7.3 Responses to Comments-Public part 2

7.4 Responses to Comments-Public Hearing

7.5 Responses to Comments-Re-circulated Aesthetics/Visual

 

8.0 Persons and Agencies Contacted

 

9.0 List of Preparers

 

10.0 References

 

Appendix A. Air Quality Emissions Calculations

 

Appendix B. Biological Surveys

Table of Contents

 

B.1 Bird and Plant Species Observed on the Project Site

 

Table B-1. Birds Observed During Surveys in 2002

 

Table B-2. Birds Observed During Surveys in 2005

 

Table B-3. Birds Observed in September 2006

 

Table B-4a. All Bird Species Observed During Winter Surveys

 

Table B-4b. Bird Species Observed During Point Counts

 

Table B-4c. Birds Observed During Point Counts at Larsen Property (Point 1)

 

Table B-4d. Birds Observed During Point Counts on Sudden Bench and Quarry Ridge (Points 2, 3, and 4)

 

Table B-4e. Birds Observed During Point Counts on Middle Ridge (Points 5, 6, 7, 11)

 

Table B-4f. Birds Observed During Point Counts on North Ridge (Points 8, 9, and 10)

 

Table B-4g. Birds Observed During Point Counts on Signorelli Ridge and South Ridge (Points 12, 13, 14, 18)

 

Table B-4h. Birds Observed During Point Counts on Scolari Ridge and West Ridge (Points 15, 16, and 17)

 

Table B-4i. Raptor Observations During December 2006 Point Counts

 

Table B-5. Plant Species List, April to July 2002, and May to August 2005

 

 

B.2 Biological Resources Report (February 2006)

 

1.0 Introduction

 

Figure 1. Project Vicinity

 

2.0 Project Description

 

Figure 2.1. Looking from North Ridge across Honda Cny. To South and West Ridges

Figure 2. Project Area

Figure 2.2. Existing farm access road for Sudden Ridge East

Figure 3. Project Site Detail

Figure 4 Construction Envelopes

 

3.0 Methods

 

4.0 Environmental Setting

 

Figure 4.1. Vegetation and land use on the Project Site

Figure 4.2. Grassland dominated by non-natives on North Ridge East

Figure 4.3. Purple needlegrass and native wildflowers on Sudden Ridge

Figure 4.4. Coast live oak woodland on ridge adjacent to Project corridor

Figure 4.5. Tanoak and coastal scrub along ridge crest just east of Middle Ridge

Figure 4.6. California barley colony on Signorelli Ridge

 

5.0 Special Status Species

 

Figure 5.1. Small artificial pond in May of exceptionally wet year (2005)

Figure 5.2. Looking northward across and beyond project area from South Ridge

Figure 5.3. Grassland/Coastal Scrub habitat occurs on many slopes below ridges

Figure 5.4. Gaviota tarplant coming into bloom among dried grasses

Figure 5.5. Control/Maintenance Facility site supports some Gaviota tarplant

 

6.0 Potential Impacts to Biological Resources

 

Figure 6.1. Gaviota tarplant

Figure 6.2. Mesic plant species on shaded upslope side of old road

Figure 6.3. Willow scrub below springs and seeps on old road

 

7.0 Recommended Mitigation Measures

 

8.0 Summary

 

9.0 References

 

Appendix A

 

Appendix B

 

Appendix C

 

Appendix D

 

 

B.3 Results of Winter Bird Surveys (February 8, 2007)

 

1.0 Introduction

 

2.0 Methods

 

3.0 Project Area

 

4.0 Results

 

5.0 Discussion

 

6.0 References

 

 

 

B.4 Final Winter Season Avian Pre-construction Survey Report

 

ES. Executive Summary

1.0 Introduction

 

2.0 Project Description

Figure 2.1-1. Regional Vicinity Map

Figure 2.1-2 Project Location Map

Figure 2.1-3 Topographic Map

 

3.0 Methods

 

Figure 3.1.3-1. Plant Communities Map

Figure 3.1.3-2. Winter Avian Survey Count Circle Locations

Figure 3.1.3-3. Diurnal Raptor Transects, Supplemental Areas, and Incidental Observation Survey Areas

 

4.0 Results

 

Figure 4.1-1. Active Raptor Nest Sites

 

5.0 Discussion

 

6.0 References

 

Compendium A

 

 

 

B.5 Final Avian Spring Migration Pre-construction Survey Report

 

ES. Executive Summary

1.0 Introduction

 

2.0 Project Description

Figure 2.1-1. Regional Vicinity Map

Figure 2.1-2. Topographic Map

Figure 2.1-3. Project Location Map

Figure 2.3-1. Proposed Project

 

3.0 Methods

 

Figure 3.1.3-1. Plant Community Map

Figure 3.1.3-2. Spring Avian Survey Count Circle Locations

Figure 3.1.3-3. Line Transect Locations, Reconnaissance Survey Areas, and Single-point Count Site

 

4.0 Results

 

Figure 4.6.1.1-1. Active Raptor Nest Sites

 

5.0 Discussion

 

6.0 References

 

Appendix A

 

 

B.6 Summary of NEXRAD Analysis

 

B.7 Analysis of WSR-88D Data to Assess Nocturnal Bird Migration Over the Lompoc Wind Energy Project

 

Executive Summary

 

1.0 Introduction

 

2.0 Equipment and Methods

 

Figure 1. Red ellipse indicates general location of the proposed wind energy project southwest of Lompoc, California.

Figure 2. Surveillance area of WSR-88D radar at Vandenberg AFB, CA (KVBX)

Figure 3. Coverage pattern of the WSR-88D at Vandenberg AFB, California

 

3.0 Results and Discussion

 

Figure 4. Year-to-year and night-to-night comparison of birds km-3 for the spring seasons of 2006 and 2007

Figure 5. Year-to-year and night-to-night comparison of birds km-3 for the fall seasons of 2006 and 2007

Figure 6. Hour-to-hour pattern of bird migration in the spring (2006-2007)

Figure 7. Hour-to-hour pattern of bird migration in the fall (2006-2007)

Figure 8. Circular diagrams showing the direction of spring and fall migration for the years 2006-2007

 

4.0 Literature Sited

 

Appendix A

 

Appendix B

 

Appendix C

 

Appendix D

 

 

B.8 Memorandum for the Record (February 11, 2008)

 

Attachment 1. Regional Vicinity Map

 

Attachment 2. Local Vicinity Map

 

Attachment 3. Project Vicinity Map

 

Attachment 4. Waters of the United States Survey Area

Attachment 5. Proposed Stream Line Crossing 1

 

Attachment 6. Proposed Stream Line Crossing 2

 

Attachment 7. Proposed Stream Line Crossing 3

 

Attachment 8. Proposed Stream Line Crossing 4

 

Attachment 9. Proposed Stream Line Crossing 5

 

Attachment 10. Proposed Mitigation Site 1

 

Attachment 11. Wetland Inventory Sites in Relation to the LWEP Study Area

 

Attachment 12. Flood Zone of the LWEP Study Area

 

Attachment 13. Blue-line Drainage/Road Intersections

 

Appendix A.

 

Appendix B.

 

 

B.9 Memorandum for the Record (July 16, 2008)

 

Attachment 1. Regional Vicinity Map

 

Attachment 2. Local Vicinity Map

 

Attachment 3. Project Site Map

 

Attachment 4. Waters of the United States Survey Area

 

Attachment 5. Potential Wetlands Survey Area

 

Attachment 6. Potential Wetlands Areas with Project Elements

 

Attachment 7. Potential Wetlands Area 1

 

Attachment 8. Potential Wetlands Area 2

 

Attachment 9. Potential Wetlands Area 3

 

Attachment 10. Flood Zones in Relation to the LWEP Property

 

Appendix A.

 

Appendix B

 

Appendix C. Supplemental Cultural Resources Inventory Report

 

Appendix D. Mitigation Monitoring Program