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Solar Regional Mitigation Strategy for the Afton Solar Energy Zone in New Mexico

The BLM has established the Afton Solar Energy Zone (SEZ) in New Mexico with the issuance of the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Solar Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (“Solar PEIS”). This SEZ constitutes nearly 30,000 acres of land in southern New Mexico designated by BLM for solar energy development. Through the Solar PEIS, the BLM has committed to establishing a SEZ regional mitigation strategy (SRMS) to identify potential impacts of solar development in the SEZ and identify appropriate mitigation measures and processes to address these impacts. This SRMS process builds upon the Solar PEIS to understand those unavoidable impacts and determine whether regional compensatory mitigation for those impacts may be warranted through a public, stakeholder driven process.

Webinar September 28, 2016

The BLM hosted a webinar to discuss the Solar Regional Mitigation Strategy (SRMS) for the Afton Solar Energy Zone (SEZ) in New Mexico on Wednesday, September 28, 2016.

Documents for stakeholder review are available below:

Elements of an SEZ Regional Mitigation Strategy

  1. Describe SEZ and regional baseline conditions against which unavoidable impacts are assessed;
  2. Assess unavoidable impacts and identify which of those warrant offsite mitigation;
  3. Identify regional mitigation goals;
  4. Identify a method for calculating recommended mitigation fees for unavoidable adverse impacts;
  5. Identify and recommend a management structure to hold and apply mitigation investment funds;
  6. Evaluate and recommend appropriate mitigation investment locations, objectives, and/or actions; and
  7. Plan to implement mitigation and develop long-term monitoring and adaptive management recommendations to evaluate and maximize the mitigation's effectiveness.

For more information or to be added to the project mailing list contact:

Treaver Ashby
Project Manager
tashby@blm.gov
(575) 525-4304
Updated: 2/20/2017