Environmental Impact Reports

A Summary of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

(California Public Resources Code, Sections 21000 – 21178, and Title 14 CCR, Section 753, and Chapter 3, Sections 15000 – 15387)

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is California’s broadest environmental law. CEQA helps to guide the Department during issuance of permits and approval of projects. Courts have interpreted CEQA to afford the fullest protection of the environment within the reasonable scope of the statutes. CEQA applies to all discretionary projects proposed to be conducted or approved by a California public agency, including private projects requiring discretionary government approval.

The purpose of CEQA is to:

  • Disclose to the public the significant environmental effects of a proposed discretionary project 
  • Prevent or minimize damage to the environment through development of project alternatives, mitigation measures, and mitigation monitoring.
  • Disclose to the public the agency decision-making process utilized to approve discretionary projects through findings and statements of overriding consideration.
  • Enhance public participation in the environmental review process through scoping meetings, public notice, public review, hearings, and the judicial process.
  • Improve interagency coordination through early consultations, scoping meetings, notices of preparation, and State Clearinghouse review.

Merced County's Environmental Impact Reports

  1. 03-30-21 - San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District - Merced Pipeline, LLC
  2. 04-02-21 - University of California Merced - NOP
  3. 04-06-21 - City of Livingston - NOE - Park Irrigation with Surface Water
  4. 04-09-21 - City of Atwater - NOE
  5. 04-09-21 - City of Atwater - NOE - Conditional Use Permit No. 20-14-0100
  6. 04-09-21 - City of Atwater - NOE - Conditional Use Permit No. 20-15-0199
  7. 04-09-21 - City of Atwater - NOE - Conditional Use Permit No. 21-9-0100
  8. 04-12-21 - City of Atwater - NOE - Conditional Use Permit No. 568-19
  9. 04-12-21 - City of Atwater - NOE - Conditional Use Permit No. 564-19
  10. 04-12-21 - City of Atwater - NOE - Resolution No. PC 0125-19
  11. 04-12-21 - City of Atwater - NOE - RSO-PC081-19 CUP 560-19
  12. 04-12-21 - City of Atwater - NOE - Site Plan No. 722-19
  13. 04-13-21 - City of Atwater - NOE - Conditional Use Permit No. 20-17-0100
  14. 04-14-21 - San Luis and Delta - Mendota Water Authority - NOE - Subsidence Mitigation Geotechnical Exploration
  15. 04-15-21 - Hilmar Unified School District - NOD
  16. 04-16-21 - City of Atwater - NOE - Resolution No. PC 0154-21 and Site Plan No. 21-8-0100
  17. 04-16-21 - City of Atwater - NOE - Conditional Use Permit No. 21-2-0100 and Site Plan No. 21-2-0200
  18. 04-16-21 - City of Atwater - NOE - Conditional Use Permit No. 20-20-0100 and Site Plan No. 20-20-0200
  19. 04-19-21 - San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District - NOD - John F.Toste Dairy Expansion Project
  20. 04-20-21 -City of Atwater - NOI - to adopt a MND for the Atwater Affordable Housing Development
  21. 04-22-21 -Ace - NOA
  22. 04-22-21 - California High-Speed Rail Authority - NOA - California High-Speed Rail Project - San Jose to Merced Project Section
  23. 04-28-21 - County of Merced - NOD - Conditional Use Permit No. CUP20-002 Martins View Jersey Expansion
  24. 04-28-21 - Santa Nella County Water District - NOE