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. 08-16-22 - Central Coast Water Authority - NOE
  2. 08-17-22 - County of Merced - NOD - CUP20-017 - Merced Pipeline, LLC
  3. 08-18-22 - County of Merced - NOE- Maas Energy Works Inc.
  4. 08-22-22 - Merced Irrigation District - NOE - Merced Irriagation District policy relating to developed water supplies
  5. 08-22-22 - Merced Irrigation District - NOE - Temporary transfer and sale of up to 5,000-acre feet of District water
  6. 08-22-22 -San Luis Water District- NOI - Triangle Rock Plant
  7. 08-24-22 - Merced County Association of Governments - NOD - MCAG 2022 Regional Transportation Plan Sustainable Communities Strategy
  8. 08-25-22 - UC Merced Medical Education Project - The Regents
  9. 08-29-22 - Merced County - NOD - Snelling Road Event Center
  10. 08-30-22 - Merced County - NOE - STERLING TRIPLENTCAP DELHI APARTMENTS
  11. 09-01-22 - Merced County Community and Economic Development Dept. - NOA - Draft EIR - Conditional Use Permit No. CUP20-013
  12. 09-02-22 - University of California Merced-NOA-UC Merced Medical Project
  13. 09-06-22 - City of Merced-NOE- Design Review Application No 22-01
  14. 09-06-22 - City of Merced-NOE- Design Review Application No 22-01
  15. 09-07-22 - Merced County Community and Economic Development-NOE- AA22-042 Gallo Land Co
  16. 09-08-22 - Merced County Public Works-NOE-Plainsburg Road Complete Street Upgrade
  17. 09-09-22 - Merced County - NOE- Minor Modification NO. MM22-014
  18. 09-09-22 - Merced County - NOE- Minor Modification NO. MM22-015
  19. 09-09-22 - City of Livingston - NOE -Site Plan and Design Review
  20. 09-09-22 - City of Livingston - NOD - Livingston Truck Stop
  21. 09-12-22 - Merced County Department of Community and Development - NOD - CUP20-002
  22. 09-15-22 - Merced County Public Works - NOE - Turlock Road over Dry Creek Scour Repair Project
  23. 09-16-22 - City of Newman - NOE - City of Newman Influent Sewer Replacement
  24. 09-21-22 - Madera Water District - NOI
  25. 09-21-22 - San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control - NOD - Hilmar Biogas Cluster Project District ATC Project