Nelson Terminal

Nelson, California

The Nelson Terminal project involved grading and construction of an agricultural fertilizer and supply receiving and distribution center.  The development included an office, storage building, warehouse, stormwater retention basin, and creation of a railroad spur connection to the adjacent railroad for bulk delivery of agricultural fertilizer.


Foothill Associates biologists performed initial site evaluation and an impact analysis for giant garter snake, as well as a wetland delineation.  A Biological Assessment was prepared to facilitate giant garter snake consultation between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service pursuant to Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act.  Biologists conducted pre-construction surveys and Worker Environmental Awareness Program training for giant garter snake according to the project’s Biological Opinion. We also provided biological monitoring throughout construction, including coordination with regulatory agencies to adapt the monitoring protocol to respond to field changes and project design and implementation.


Foothill Associates permitting specialists obtained a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nationwide Permit as required by Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA); Water Quality Certification pursuant to CWA Section 401; a Streambed Alteration Agreement pursuant to the California Department of Fish and Game Code Section 1600; and an Incidental Take Permit Application pursuant to the California Endangered Species Act.


Biologists conducted Worker Environmental Awareness Program training for giant garter snake and provided biological monitoring throughout construction.