CEQA Successes

From preventing polluting warehouses from being built near low-income neighborhoods in Fresno to protecting some our state’s most iconic natural places, there are hundreds of CEQA success stories from over the past 50 years demonstrating how CEQA has helped to protect public health and the environment. Set forth below are several examples, many of which are recent.

Information regarding the cases listed below was obtained from The Housing Workshop (2021), CEQA: California’s Living Environmental Law; BAE Urban Economics (2016), CEQA in the 21st Century; Planning and Conservation League Foundation & California League of Conservation Voters (2005), Everyday Heroes Protect the Air We Breathe, the Water We Drink, and the Natural Areas We Prize; California Attorney General’s website, oag.ca.gov/environment; The California Environmental Justice Alliance’s Green Zones website at calgreenzones.org, and other sources.

CEQA Successes: Community

CEQA Successes: Climate

CEQA Successes: Air Quality

CEQA Successes: Water Quality

Protecting the Famed Clarity of Lake Tahoe

Protecting the Famed Clarity of Lake Tahoe

A conservation group used CEQA to challenge Placer County’s approval of a massive expansion of the Palisades Tahoe resort (previously named Squaw Valley). The project, which would take 25 years to...

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CEQA Successes: Plants & Wildlife

CEQA Successes: Farmland

CEQA Successes: Cultural Resources