Actions Taken with California Environmental Quality Act Suspensions

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires environmental review when State agencies take certain actions. The environmental review is to identify impacts that a project may have on the environment and identify, if necessary, mitigation measures to reduce the impacts.

On January 17, 2014, Governor Brown signed a proclamation declaring a drought State of Emergency in California. As authorized by Government Code section 8571, the Governor’s Proclamation suspended CEQA and the regulations adopted pursuant to it, to the extent that CEQA otherwise would have applied to¬†actions necessary to mitigate the effects of the drought. On April 25, 2014, Governor Brown issued a Proclamation of a Continued State of Emergency to redouble State drought actions, which continued to suspend environmental review under CEQA to allow actions called for in the proclamation to occur expeditiously. The proclamation requires entities implementing its directives to maintain on their websites a list of activities or approvals for which CEQA provisions are suspended. On November 13, 2015, Governor Brown issued Executive Order B-36-15, which extended the waiver of CEQA contained in the January 17, 2014 and April 25, 2014 Proclamations until the drought state of emergency is terminated. The following is a list of activities or approvals the Commission has taken where the applicable provisions are suspended:

CEQA Documents


A CD version of the Final Environmental Document and any CEQA documents prior to 2001 may be requested from:

California State Lands Commission
100 Howe Avenue, Suite 100-South
Sacramento, CA 95825
Attn: Laura Miller
(916) 574-1897

Abbreviations Used

APTR = Analysis of Impacts to Public Trust Resources and Values
CEQA = California Environmental Quality Act
EA = Environmental Assessment
EIR = Environmental Impact Report
EIS = Environmental Impact Statement
FONSI = Finding of No Significant Impact
IS = Initial Study
MND = Mitigated Negative Declaration
ND = Negative Declaration
NEPA = National Environmental Policy Act
NOI = Notice of Intent
NOP = Notice of Preparation