Environmental Impact Reports

A Summary of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

(California Public Resources Code, Sections 21000 – 21178, and Title 14 CCR, Section 753, and Chapter 3, Sections 15000 – 15387)

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is California’s broadest environmental law. CEQA helps to guide the Department during issuance of permits and approval of projects. Courts have interpreted CEQA to afford the fullest protection of the environment within the reasonable scope of the statutes. CEQA applies to all discretionary projects proposed to be conducted or approved by a California public agency, including private projects requiring discretionary government approval.

The purpose of CEQA is to:

  • Disclose to the public the significant environmental effects of a proposed discretionary project 
  • Prevent or minimize damage to the environment through development of project alternatives, mitigation measures, and mitigation monitoring.
  • Disclose to the public the agency decision-making process utilized to approve discretionary projects through findings and statements of overriding consideration.
  • Enhance public participation in the environmental review process through scoping meetings, public notice, public review, hearings, and the judicial process.
  • Improve interagency coordination through early consultations, scoping meetings, notices of preparation, and State Clearinghouse review.

Common abbreviations used on this page:

  • NOP - Notice of Preparation
  • NOC - Notice of Completion
  • NOE - Notice of Exemption
  • NOD - Notice of Determination
  • NOI - Notice of Intent

Merced County's Environmental Impact Reports

  1. 01-11-2024 - Winton Water and Sanitary District - NOE - Winton Water and Sanitary District Water System-Well 16 Project
  2. 01-11-2024 - Turlock Irrigation District - NOE - Groundwater Recharge Projects in West and East Turlock Subbasins
  3. 01-11-2024 - California Department of General Services (DGS) - NOI - Los Banos Wildlife area Solar Project
  4. 01-16-2024 - Merced County - NOE - Administrative Permit No. AA23-028
  5. 01-16-2024 - Merced County - NOE - Minor Modification No. MM23-012
  6. 01-16-2024 - Merced County - NOE - Minor Modification No. MM23-013
  7. 01-16-2024 - Merced County - NOE - Minor Modification No. MM23-104 to Administerative Application
  8. 01-19-2024 - San Luis Water District - NOI - Adopt a Joint Study For San Luis Water District Los Banos Creek
  9. 01-19-2024 - County of Merced - NOD - Focused Subsequent EIR For The UCP Update and VST Specific Plan
  10. 01-19-2024 - City of Merced - NOI - Vesting Tentative Subdivision Map no1327
  11. 01-19-2024 - City of Merced - NOD - General Plan Amendment no17-02 Site Utilization Plan Revision no12 to P-D no42
  12. 01-23-2024 - San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control Dist - NOD - E and J Gallo Winery Eastside Use Permit Major Mod No MM13-009
  13. 01-23-2024 - City of Atwater- NOE- Fruitland avenue reconstruction project phase 3
  14. 01-24-2024 - Merced County- NOD - Garden of Peace
  15. 01-26-2024 - Turlock Irrigation District - NOD - Lateral 8 Regulating Reservoir Expansion Project Addendum
  16. 01-29-2024 - Los Banos Unified School District- NOI - Early Learning Center Project
  17. 01-31-2024 - Lower San Joaquin Levee District - NOE - Pipe Replacement (Defferred Maintenance Program)
  18. 02-02-2024 - Merced County Community and Economic Develpment Department - NOE - NOI for major subdivision No. MAS21-002
  19. 02-08-2024 - Blue River Orchards, LLC - NOE - 23-CAA-CROSSING
  20. 02-09-2024 - County of Merced - NOI - To Adopt an Initial Study Mitigated Negative Declaration of Major Modification no MM22 013
  21. 02-20-2024 - Martin-Marietta Ready - NOD - Mix Concrete Batch Plant