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Emerging Regulatory Experiments in Permit Process Coordination for Endangered Species and Aquatic Resources in California

February 2016

Citation: ELR 10131

Author: Alejandro E. Camacho, Elizabeth M. Taylor, Melissa L. Kelly, and Stephanie L. Talavera

Many practitioners and scholars view enhanced permit coordination as beneficial due to purported efficiency gains and potentially better conservation outcomes, but scholarship on interagency coordination is still limited. The authors conducted extensive interviews and dialogue sessions to evaluate a range of efforts to coordinate proposed California Habitat Conservation Plans/ Natural Community Conservation Plans with freshwater aquatic resource permits under federal and state laws. In this Article, the authors share their findings, which revealed both benefits and challenges, and make policy recommendations for going forward.

Alejandro E. Camacho is Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources (CLEANR), at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. Elizabeth M. Taylor is a Staff Attorney at CLEANR. Melissa L. Kelly is a Fellow at Los Angeles Waterkeeper. Stephanie L. Talavera is a Fellow at CLEANR.

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