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California Geothermal Cultural Resource Assessment(11-CA)

Developers must comply with requirements for designation of historical resources in California. The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), part of the State Historical Resources Commission oversees the program to identify, evaluate, register, and protect historical resources. Developers should contact SHPO to determine if there are any listed historical resources within the proposed project’s site. In California, state cultural issues are considered during the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process. Cal. Pub. Res. Code § 21002(b). While the CEQA lead agency is considering environmental impacts, any cultural considerations must be addressed. Developers typically retain an archaeologist and a historian to perform the analysis. The archaeologist and historian will conduct surveys to determine potential impacts of the project to cultural resources. Developers may be required to undertake mitigation measures to avoid negative impact to cultural resources.

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