Five SEZs were identified in Nevada through the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Solar PEIS: Amargosa Valley SEZ, Dry Lake SEZ, Dry Lake Valley North SEZ, Gold Point SEZ, and Millers SEZ.
In the Solar PEIS, the BLM committed to preparing solar regional mitigation strategies (SRMSs) for the SEZs. These regional mitigation strategies were intended to simplify and improve the mitigation process for future solar projects in SEZs. The BLM has developed solar regional mitigation strategies for the Dry Lake and Dry Lake Valley North solar energy zones (SEZs) in Nevada.
Based on IM-2019-018, the BLM no longer may require compensatory mitigation as a condition for project approvals. However, the SEZ characterization data and discussion of potential impacts of development in the SRMS documents may still prove useful for consideration during project permitting activities. Additionally, the BLM conducted outreach to support the SRMS projects with a broad representation of stakeholders, including industry, state and local governments, tribes, and local communities, and this stakeholder input to the SRMS documents also remains valuable.
The Dry Lake Solar Regional Mitigation Strategy is available on the Dry Lake SEZ Mitigation Strategy page.
The Dry Lake Valley North Solar Regional Mitigation Strategy is available on the Dry Lake Valley North SEZ Mitigation Strategy page.