State Lands Commission’s CEQA Review of SF Bay/Delta Sand Mining Project Approval is Adequate, but Fails to Fulfill Obligation to Consider Public Trust Doctrine

By | CEQA Developments | November 24, 2015

The First District Court of Appeal held the California State Lands Commission’s (“CSLC”) EIR for a project involving the lease of sovereign lands beneath San Francisco Bay for private dredge mining of sand complied with CEQA; however, it partially reversed the trial court’s judgment denying a writ because the record failed to demonstrate CSLC’s compliance with the public trust doctrine.