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.
With IM-2019-018, the BLM established policy that compensatory mitigation could not be required as a condition for project approvals. However, with the issuance of IM 2021-038 on July 14, 2021, the BLM rescinded the previous IM-2019-018. The BLM expects to establish policies which are aligned with EO 13990, SO 3398, and the priorities of the Department. During this interim period offices should consider and implement compensatory mitigation on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with state office and national office program specialists and the Office of the Solicitor as needed.
The Dry Lake Solar Regional Mitigation Strategy is available on the Mitigation Strategy section of the Dry Lake SEZ page.
The Dry Lake Valley North Solar Regional Mitigation Strategy is available on the Mitigation Strategy section of the Dry Lake Valley North SEZ page.