Bureau of Land Management Solar Energy Program Western Solar Plan

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Mitigation Strategy for the Dry Lake SEZ

The BLM has developed a solar regional mitigation strategy for the Dry Lake solar energy zone (SEZ).

In the Solar PEIS, the BLM committed to establishing a solar regional mitigation strategy for each SEZ. These regional mitigation strategies are expected to simplify and improve the mitigation process for future solar projects in SEZs.

On March 17, 2014, the BLM released the Regional Mitigation Strategy for the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone (BLM Technical Note 444) (PDF, 3.9 MB), a pilot effort by the BLM that identifies mitigation priorities and options in advance of development. The strategy takes into account the resource conditions of the land and regional trends informed by BLM's recent Rapid Ecoregional Assessments, and is the first of several such mitigation strategies to be developed for SEZs by the BLM. The strategy was developed in collaboration with dozens of stakeholders to address key issues such as where and how mitigation may be achieved and the costs associated with doing so. The BLM will conduct additional stakeholder outreach on the development of future regional mitigation strategies for solar energy zones.

Extensive information on the Dry Lake SEZ Solar Regional Mitigation Strategy is available on the project website, at: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/lvfo/blm_programs/energy/dry_lake_solar_energy.html

For further information, please contact Joe Vieira, BLM Colorado, at jvieira@blm.gov.

Updated: 9/14/2015