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December 22, 2016

Solar Regional Mitigation Strategy for Three SEZs in Utah: Documents Posted – Comments Requested

Our thanks to all who participated in the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) workshop on Tuesday, December 13th in Cedar City, Utah. The workshop presentations have been posted to the Utah SRMS Project Website, as well as the other workshop materials. Please note, based on the workshop discussions, some changes have been made to the two Wah Wah Valley SEZ tables, the Milford South SEZ impact table, the Escalante Valley SEZ impact table, the goals and objectives, and the candidate site matrix.

BLM requests comments on the revised impact tables, impacts warranting regional mitigation, and goals and objectives by January 31, 2017.

BLM is seeking additional candidate site locations and action recommendations by February 17, 2017. Please include a completed new column(s) in the candidate site matrix for your proposed site(s) when submitting your information. A working version of the matrix is available on the Project Website and includes an example site (see Horse Hollow).

Please email your comments to BLM_UT_Solar_Mitigation@blm.gov.

Questions about the workshop can be directed to Michelle Campeau, Cedar City Field Office, at mcampeau@blm.gov, or (435) 865-3047.


November 22, 2016

Solar Regional Mitigation Strategy for Three SEZs in Utah: Public Workshop in Cedar City, UT, December 13, 2016

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will host a second public workshop to discuss the Solar Regional Mitigation Strategy (SRMS) for three solar energy zones (SEZs) in Utah: Escalante Valley, Milford Flats South, and Wah Wah Valley, on December 13th from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the BLM Cedar City Field Office, 176 East D.L. Sargent Drive, Cedar City, UT 84721. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m.

A proposed agenda for the workshop is available on the Utah SRMS Project Website. The workshop objectives are to present: 1) SRMS progress to date on residual impacts, impacts warranting mitigation, and goals and objectives, 2) present candidate mitigation site locations and actions nominated for consideration, and 3) provide an open forum for discussion and solicit thoughts on evaluating candidate mitigation sites.

**If you would like to present candidate regional mitigation site locations and actions during the workshop and have not yet submitted the nominations to BLM, please contact Michelle Campeau at the Cedar City Field Office so that you can be added to the workshop agenda.

If you are planning to attend the public workshop please email your RSVP to: BLM_UT_Solar_Mitigation@blm.gov.
Note: The workshop will not be offered via webinar due to open forum discussions; all BLM materials presented will be made available on the project website soon after the workshop.

The Project Website serves as a source of information regarding the status of the project and opportunities for public participation. Materials from the first workshop and webinars are currently available on the project website.

Questions about the workshop can be directed to Michelle Campeau, Cedar City Field Office, at mcampeau@blm.gov, or (435) 865-3047.


October 14, 2016

Solar Regional Mitigation Strategy for Three SEZs in Utah: Documents Posted – Comments Requested

Our thanks to all who participated in the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) webinar on Wednesday, October 12th. The webinar presentation has been posted on the Project Website.

Please consider using the candidate site matrix available on the project website for the most effective way of submitting candidate site location and action recommendations. BLM also requests comments on the development of the mitigation obligation.

BLM requests submissions of candidate site location and action recommendations and comments on the webinar information by November 15, 2016.

Please email your comments to BLM_UT_Solar_Mitigation@blm.gov.

Questions about the webinar can be directed to Michelle Campeau, Cedar City Field Office, at mcampeau@blm.gov, or (435) 865-3047.


September 30, 2016

Solar Regional Mitigation Strategy for Three SEZs in Utah: Webinar to be held October 12th

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will host a webinar to discuss the Solar Regional Mitigation Strategy (SRMS) for SEZs in Utah on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 from 10:00 am – 11:30 a.m. Mountain Time.

The webinar will focus on how the compensatory mitigation amount will be determined and managed. Please visit the Project Website for all project related information.

The dial-in number for the webinar is: 1-888-850-4523; Passcode 672617. If you are planning to attend the webinar please register at: http://anl.adobeconnect.com/utsrms10122016/event/registration.html
If you experience any difficulty in registering or logging in to the webinar, please call 773-575-8388.

The Cedar City Field Office will host any interested local stakeholders in a conference room to view the webinar. The office is located at: 176 East DL Sargent Drive, Cedar City, Utah 84721. If you are interested in attending the webinar viewing at the Cedar City Field Office, please RSVP to BLM_UT_Solar_Mitigation@blm.gov.

Questions about the webinar can be directed to Michelle Campeau, Cedar City Field Office, at mcampeau@blm.gov, or (435) 865-3047.


September 30, 2016

Solar Regional Mitigation Strategy for Three SEZs in Utah: Reminder – Comments Requested by October 5th

Our thanks to all who participated in the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) webinar on Wednesday, August 31st. Please consider using the Discussion Questions form available on the Utah SRMS Project Website for the most effective way of providing comments. However, BLM will accept any format for comments (written letter, PDF comment tags, scanned markups, etc.).

BLM requests comments on the draft impact tables and additional webinar materials available on the website by October 5, 2016.

Please email your comments to BLM_UT_Solar_Mitigation@blm.gov.

Questions about the webinar can be directed to Michelle Campeau, Cedar City Field Office, at mcampeau@blm.gov, or (435) 865-3047.


August 25, 2016

Solar Regional Mitigation Strategy for Three Solar Energy Zones in Utah: Webinar August 31st – Documents posted

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will host a webinar to discuss the Solar Regional Mitigation Strategy (SRMS) for SEZs in Utah on Wednesday, August 31st from 10:30 am - 12:00 p.m. Mountain Time.

The webinar will focus on an updated assessment of residual impacts based on stakeholder input, a preliminary assessment of impacts warranting compensatory mitigation, and a preview of regional goals and objectives, desired mitigation outcomes and potential mitigation actions.

Documents for stakeholder review have been posted to the Project Website.

Webinar dial-in number: 1-888-850-4523; passcode 672617
Webinar URL: http://anl.adobeconnect.com/ut-srms/

The Cedar City Field Office will host any interested local stakeholders in a conference room to view the webinar. Located at: 176 East DL Sargent Drive, Cedar City, Utah 84721.

If you are planning to attend the webinar please email your RSVP to BLM_UT_Solar_Mitigation@blm.gov. Please indicate if you are interested in attending the webinar viewing at the Cedar City Field Office.

Questions about the workshop can be directed to Michelle Campeau, Cedar City Field Office, at mcampeau@blm.gov, or (435) 865-3047.


March 4, 2016

Solar Regional Mitigation Strategy for Three SEZs in Utah: Public Workshop in Cedar City, UT, April 19-20, 2016

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is developing a Solar Regional Mitigation Strategy (SRMS) for three solar energy zones (SEZs) in Utah: Escalante Valley, Milford Flats South, and Wah Wah Valley. The BLM will host a public workshop on April 19th and 20th at:

Festival Hall, 105 N 100 E, Cedar City, UT 84720

The BLM is developing this strategy to identify potential impacts of solar development in SEZs and appropriate mitigation measures to address these impacts, in particular through regional compensatory mitigation. SRMS development will be a public, stakeholder-driven process. This two-day workshop represents the beginning of that public process. An optional field trip will take place on the afternoon of April 19 to the Escalante Valley SEZ. A detailed agenda will be forthcoming. There will be additional opportunities to attend meetings and otherwise provide input as the SRMS is developed.

A project website has been created that will serve as a source of information regarding the status of the project and opportunities for public participation. As materials become available, including detailed agendas, presentations, and handouts, they will be posted on this website, available at http://blmsolar.anl.gov/sez/ut/.

If you are planning to attend the public workshop, please e-mail your RSVP to: BLM_UT_Solar_Mitigation@blm.gov. Please specifically indicate in your RSVP if you plan to attend the field visit as well.

Questions about the workshop can be directed to Elizabeth Burghard, Cedar City Field Office Manager, at eburghar@blm.gov.

Updated: 1/9/2017