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EIS-0449: Final Environmental Impact Statement

Blythe Solar Power Project

This Plan Amendment/Final Environmental Impact Statement (PA/FEIS) addresses the possible United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM) approval of an amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area Plan (CDCA Plan) to allow for solar energy and of a right‐of‐way (ROW) grant to lease land managed by the BLM for construction, operation and decommissioning of a solar electricity generation facility. The Agency Preferred Alternative covers approximately 7,025 acres (ac), managed by the BLM, and would generate 1000 megawatts (MW) of electricity annually. The PA/FEIS identifies impacts of the Agency Preferred Alternative, including impacts related to biological resources, cultural resources, land use, visual resources, and hydrology, water quality, and water use. Many of these adverse impacts can be avoided or substantially reduced based on compliance with applicable laws, ordinances, regulations and standards, and compliance with measures provided in this PA/FEIS.