SACRAMENTO — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District has issued the first Clean Water Act Section 404 permit for the California high-speed rail project — specifically targeting 21 miles of the route from south of the Fresno River to the Fresno station site.
The act requires contractors to capture debris and contaminants so they don’t wash into waterways, according to the Associated Press.
The permit authorizes permanent impacts to 6.96 acres of waters within the project footprint. This permit does not include the northern 1.8 miles of permit phase 1, crossing the Fresno River and Madera Irrigation District main canal.
The next section of project permitting under study by the Sacramento District is the Fresno-to-Bakersfield section, which remains open for public input through March 31.