United Water Conservation District is in the process of developing a multiple species habitat conservation plan (MSHCP or HCP) for its current and future operations at the Freeman Diversion facility and nearby recharge basins (See available public documents relating to the HCP, June 30th 2020). United anticipates that the updates MSHCP will be completed and available in early 2024.
United is preparing the HCP as part of its application package to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) for incidental take permits (ITP) under section 10(a)(1)(B) of the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the California Endangered Species Act (CESA).
United’s operations and maintenance activities at the Freeman Diversion facility have the potential to affect the federally endangered southern California steelhead and other species that are or could become listed in the future under ESA and CESA.