Upper Santa Ana Wash Land Management and Habitat Conservation Plan (Wash Plan)

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From its beginnings, the Wash Planning efforts sought to better manage habitat, water conservation, mining, transportation, trails, and other land uses in the Santa Ana River Wash.  In 2010, the Wash Plan Task Force stopped meeting due to slowness in processing the environmental documents and warning flags raised by the Regulatory Community.  A review and analysis of the Wash Plan was undertaken to determine if it should be abandoned, realigned, or continue on its existing path and was completed in 2011.  Based on work by staff, some assistance from consultants, and a lot of meetings and work with US Fish and Wildlife, a revised Plan B of the Wash Plan was devised to allow the Wash Plan to progress.

Several changes were made to the Project Summary and a revision to the Task Force Agreement and budget was proposed and approved by the Task Force and ratified by all agencies as of November 19, 2013.

A project plan was proposed to the Board of Directors Summary and approved by the Wash Plan Task Force. It included a 24 Month Schedule for the HCP plan that was established and initiated on November 7, 2013 for a November 30, 2015 completion.

Countdown since Wash Plan Implementation

Task Force Members

  • City of Highland
  • City of Redlands
  • Redlands Municipal Utilities and Engineering Department
  • East Valley Water District
  • San Bernardino County Flood Control District
  • San Bernardino County Planning/Parks
  • Robertson's Ready Mix
  • San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District
  • San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District

Participating Stakeholders 

  • Bureau of Land Management
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • California Department of Fish and Game
  • Highland Community News
  • Inland Valley Development Agency
  • Endangered Habitats League


On March 3, 2015 our federal partners issued a notice in the Federal Register.  Here is a excerpt from the notice: "We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM), intend to prepare a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, for the proposed Upper Santa Ana River Wash Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP), and a related land exchange. The SDEIS will be a joint Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR), for which the Service, the BLM, and the San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District (District) intend to gather information necessary for preparation. The proposed HCP has been drafted to meet the requirements of the Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973, as amended, and the State of California's Endangered Species Act and Natural Communities Conservation Planning Act. The BLM, in compliance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, as amended, will consider this NEPA process and the resulting HCP documents in its analysis toward possible amendment of the BLM South Coast Resource Management Plan (SCRMP) to support the land exchange."  Public meetings were held on March 18 at the SBVWCD District Offices at 2:00 PM and 6:30 PM 

Current Status and files

Progress has been slow but steady as multiple meetings have been held to come to a consensus on the Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP), Environmental Impact Report and Statement (EIR/EIS), and an Implementing Agreement (IA) that includes a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Task Force and participating stakeholders. The official draft of the HCP was approved in May 2015 and has since been reviewed and edited multiple times in order to resolve any lingering problems. The implementation of the Wash Plan began on December 1, 2015. Two bills – H.R. 4024 and S. 3080 - have been introduced into the House of Representatives and the Senate that will allow for the land transfer needed for the successful implementation of the HCP. Both bills are currently being looked over in committees. The HCP and supporting environmental documents will be ready for Federal Register publication by mid-September 2016.


Files related to the current Wash Plan can be found below in the Document Manager.

Wash Plan

Directory of Wash Plan Files

Historical Information from the 2008 Wash Plan EIR is on the following Page click to read more



In 1993, representatives of numerous agencies - including water, mining, flood control, wildlife, and municipal interests - formed a Wash Committee to address mining issues that were local to the upper Santa Ana River wash area. The role of the Committee was subsequently expanded and it began meeting in 1997 to determine how this area might accommodate all of the important functions represented by the participating agencies.

The Wash Committee seeks to disregard land ownership lines in favor of a "best use" strategy for land use planning. It is anticipated, for example, that significantly disturbed areas are more favorable for mining while undisturbed lands are more favorable for preservation. This project produced a Land Management and Habitat Conservation Plan for the wash planning area, covering 4,500 acres ranging from the mouth of the Santa Ana River canyon to Alabama Street in the Santa Ana River wash.

The Certified Environmental Impact Report and associated files are provided in Adobe Acrobat (pdf) format. You will need the free Adobe Reader to view the files.

pdfCertification of Final Environmental Impact Report and Approval of the Wash Plan Board Presentation
presented 11/12/08
pdfFinal Environmental Impact Report Presentationl Environmental Impact Report Presentation
Upper Santa Ana River Wash Land Management and Habitat Conservation Plan
Presented 11/04/2008
pdfWash Plan Brochure
pdfSynopsis of Land Management Plan
pdfUpper Santa Ana Wash Land Management and Habitat Conservation Plan, November 2008
 pdfDraft SAR Wash Plan Amendment And Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
A primary purpose of the exchange is for the Bureau of Land Management to dispose of isolated lands which have been previously degraded by mining activities within the Santa Ana River Wash ACEC, and in exchange, to acquire District lands with high habitat value adjacent to existing ACEC parcels. The exchange will allow the BLM to consolidate fragmented parcels with high-quality habitat, resulting in improved management of the ACEC. View the Draft EIS and Ammended Plan.

Wash Plan Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR)

The purpose of the proposed project is to allow the continued use of land and mineral resources while maintaining the biological and hydrological resources of the Planning Area in an environmentally sensitive manner. The Wash Plan is intended to coordinate and manage the present and future activities in the Wash, which are under multiple jurisdictions, each with different needs. The goal of the proposed project is to balance the ground-disturbing activities of aggregate mining, water conservation, and other public services, including recreational activities with quality, natural habitat for endangered, threatened, and sensitive species.

File sizes larger than 1MB are indicated in parentheses. Some of these files are quite large. The larger files have the approximate file size noted in parentheses.You may want to right-click on the link and save the target to your local system instead of viewing the file online. All files are provided in Adobe Acrobat (pdf) format and require the free Adobe Acrobat viewer.

pdfCover, Contents, and List of Figures (1.5MB)
pdfSection 1: Executive Summary (1.3MB)
pdfSection 2: Introduction (4MB)
pdfSection 3: Project Description (70MB)
pdf Section 4: Existing Setting, Impacts, and Mitigation Measures (78MB)

pdfSection 5: Additional Topics Required by CEQA
pdfSection 6: Alternatives (11.2MB)
pdfSection 7: References
pdfSection 8: List of Preparers
pdfSection 9: Glossary
pdfAppendix A: Initial Study, Notice of Preparation, Response Letters (15.24MB)
pdfAppendix B
pdfAppendix C
Appendix D: Air Quality Analysis
- Part 1(6.8MB)
- Part 2 (12.8MB)
- Part 3
Appendix E: Biological Conditions
- Part 1: Exisiting Biological Conditions (12MB)
- Part 2: Slender-horned Spine Flower Enhancement and Relocation Project
Appendix F: Cultural Resources Report
- Part 1 (1.9MB)
- Part 2 (4MB)
- Part 3 (11.6MB)
pdfAppendix G: Mine and Reclaimation Plan for Cemex (40MB)
pdfAppendix H: Mine and Reclaimation Plan for Robertson's (31MB)
pdfAppendix I: Noise Model Printouts (3.8MB)
pdfAppendix I: Noise Model Printout (13MB)
- Traffic Study Appendix A: Trip Generation Information from Robertson's and Cemex
- Traffic Study Appendix B: Existing Traffic Counts (12.5MB)
- Traffic Study Appendix C: Detailed Project Trip Assignments
- Traffic Study Appendix D: Traffic Volume Development Worksheets (BLANK FILE ON OLD SITE)
- Traffic Study Appendix E: Cumulative Volume Development Worksheets
- Traffic Study Appendix F: Level of Service Calculation Worksheets
- Traffic Study Appendix G: Cost Estimate Calculations
- Traffic Study Appendix H: Minimum Green Time Calculations
- Traffic Study Appendix I: Existing and Proposed Intersection Geometrics with Measurements
- Traffic Study Appendix J: Traffic Model Sheets (1.2MB)
- Traffic Study Appendix K: Trip Distribution Figure
- Traffic Study Appendix L: Signal Warrants
- Traffic Study Appendix M: Synchro Network Illustrations
- Traffic Study Appendix N: Coordinated Signal Levels of Service Worksheets
- Traffic Study Appendix O: Queue Length Worksheets
- Traffic Study Appendix P: Freeway Volume Development Worksheets
- Traffic Study Appendix Q: Freeway Level of Service Worksheets
- Traffic Study Appendix R: "No Plant"Scenario Analysis
Appendix K: Responses to Comments (20MB)
Appendix L: Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program
Appendix M: Biological Technical Report (4MB)