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U.S. Department of Agriculture                                     NRCS-CPA-52
Natural Resources Conservation Service                                   11/2010
                                                                                    A. Client Name:

                                                                                    B. Conservation Plan ID # (as applicable):
  ENVIRONMENTAL EVALUATION WORKSHEET
                                                                                         Program Authority (optional):
D. Client's Objective(s) (purpose):                                                 C. Identification # (farm, tract, field #, etc as required):




E. Need for Action:                   G. Alternatives
                                            No Action           √ if RMS                Alternative 1          √ if RMS           Alternative 2    √ if RMS
                                      No conservation activity plan is              Current activities continue; a conservation
                                      developed; current activities continue        actiivity plan (CAP) is developed




                                                                      Resource Concerns
In Section "F" below, analyze, record, and address concerns identified through the Resources Inventory process.
(See FOTG Section III - Resource Quality Criteria for guidance).
F. Resource Concerns       H. Effects of Alternatives
and Existing / Benchmark                No Action                        Alternative 1                    Alternative 2
Conditions
                                                           √ if                            √ if                                                                √ if
(Analyze and record the
existing/benchmark          Amount, Status, Description does Amount, Status, Description does Amount, Status, Description                                     does
                                                          NOT                             NOT                                                                 NOT
conditions for each             (short and long term)     meet   (short and long term)    meet     (short and long term)                                      meet
                                                                               QC                                         QC                                   QC
identified concern)
SOIL
                                      None                                          None - planning only
                                                                           NOT                                            NOT                                 NOT
In appropriate section(s), IDENTIFY                                        meet                                           meet                                meet
PRIMARY RESOURCE CONCERN(S)
TO BE ADDRESSED IN CAP (i.e., the
CAP purpose - energy efficiency,                                               QC                                         QC                                  QC
water use/irrigation/drainage, IPM,
                                                                           NOT                                            NOT                                 NOT
                                                                           meet                                           meet                                meet


                                                                               QC                                         QC                                  QC

                                                                           NOT                                            NOT                                 NOT
                                                                           meet                                           meet                                meet


                                                                               QC                                         QC                                  QC
WATER
                                                                           NOT                                            NOT                                 NOT
                                                                           meet                                           meet                                meet


                                                                               QC                                         QC                                  QC

                                                                           NOT                                            NOT                                 NOT
                                                                           meet                                           meet                                meet


                                                                               QC                                         QC                                  QC

                                                                           NOT                                            NOT                                 NOT
                                                                           meet                                           meet                                meet


                                                                               QC                                         QC                                  QC




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F. Resource Concerns     H. (continued)
and Existing / Benchmark             No Action                           Alternative 1                         Alternative 2
Conditions
                                                         √ if                                  √ if                                  √ if
(Analyze and record the                                 does                                  does                                  does
existing/benchmark        Amount, Status, Description           Amount, Status, Description           Amount, Status, Description
                                                        NOT                                   NOT                                   NOT
conditions for each          (short and long term)      meet      (short and long term)       meet      (short and long term)       meet
                                                         QC                                    QC                                    QC
identified concern)
AIR
                                                        NOT                                   NOT                                   NOT
                                                        meet                                  meet                                  meet


                                                        QC                                    QC                                    QC
                                                        NOT                                   NOT                                   NOT
                                                        meet                                  meet                                  meet


                                                        QC                                    QC                                    QC
                                                        NOT                                   NOT                                   NOT
                                                        meet                                  meet                                  meet


                                                        QC                                    QC                                    QC
PLANTS
                                                        NOT                                   NOT                                   NOT
                                                        meet                                  meet                                  meet


                                                        QC                                    QC                                    QC
                                                        NOT                                   NOT                                   NOT
                                                        meet                                  meet                                  meet


                                                        QC                                    QC                                    QC
                                                        NOT                                   NOT                                   NOT
                                                        meet                                  meet                                  meet


                                                        QC                                    QC                                    QC
ANIMALS
                                                        NOT                                   NOT                                   NOT
                                                        meet                                  meet                                  meet


                                                        QC                                    QC                                    QC
                                                        NOT                                   NOT                                   NOT
                                                        meet                                  meet                                  meet


                                                        QC                                    QC                                    QC
                                                        NOT                                   NOT                                   NOT
                                                        meet                                  meet                                  meet


                                                        QC                                    QC                                    QC
Energy, Human - Economic and Social Considerations




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                Special Environmental Concerns: Environmental Laws, Executive Orders, policies, etc.
In Section "I" complete and attach applicable Environmental Procedures Guide Sheets for documentation. Items with a "●" may require a
federal permit or consultation/coordination between the lead agency and another government agency. In these cases, effects may need to
be determined in consultation with another agency. Planning and practice implementation may proceed for practices not involved in
consultation.
I. Special Environmental J. Impacts to Special Environmental Concerns
Concerns                               No Action                        Alternative 1                            Alternative 2
(Document compliance with     Status and progress of             Status and progress of                   Status and progress of
                                                         √ if                                   √ if                                   √ if
Environmental Laws,                compliance.         needs          compliance.             needs            compliance.           needs
Executive Orders, policies, (Complete and attach Guide further (Complete and attach Guide     further   (Complete and attach Guide   further
                                                       action                                 action                                 action
etc. )                         Sheets as applicable)              Sheets as applicable)                    Sheets as applicable)
●Clean Air Act


●Clean Water Act / Waters of the
U.S.


●Coastal Zone Management


Coral Reefs


●Cultural Resources / Historic
Properties


●Endangered and Threatened
Species


Environmental Justice


●Essential Fish Habitat


Floodplain Management


Invasive Species


●Migratory Birds/Bald and
Golden Eagle Protection Act


Prime and Unique Farmlands


Riparian Area


●Wetlands


●Wild and Scenic Rivers



K. Other Agencies and
                                        No Action                          Alternative 1                         Alternative 2
Broad Public Concerns
Easements, Permissions,
Public Review, or Permits
Required and Agencies
Consulted.




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K. (continued)
Other Agencies and Broad                     No Action                            Alternative 1                           Alternative 2
Public Concerns
Cumulative Effects
Narrative (Describe the
cumulative impacts considered,
including past, present and
known future actions regardless
of who performed the actions)


L. Mitigation




M. Preferred      √ preferred
Alternative       alternative



                  Supporting
                  reason



N. Context (Record context of alternatives analysis)
The significance of an action must be analyzed in several contexts such as society as a whole (human, national), the affected region, the
affected interests, and the locality.
O. Determination of Significance or Extraordinary Circumstances
Intensity: Refers to the severity of impact. Impacts may be both beneficial and adverse. A significant effect may exist even if the Federal
agency believes that on balance the effect will be beneficial. Significance cannot be avoided by terming an action temporary or by breaking
it down into small component parts.
If you answer ANY of the below questions "yes" then contact the State Environmental Liaison as there may be extraordinary
circumstances and significance issues to consider and a site specific NEPA analysis may be required.

   Yes      No
                     ● Is the preferred alternative expected to cause significant effects on public health or safety?
                     ● Is the preferred alternative expected to significantly effect unique characteristics of the geographic area such as
                       proximity to historic or cultural resources, park lands, prime farmlands, wetlands, wild and scenic rivers, or ecologically
                       critical areas?
                     ● Are the effects of the preferred alternative on the quality of the human environment likely to be highly controversial?

                     ● Does the preferred alternative have highly uncertain effects or involve unique or unknown risks on the human
                       environment?
                     ● Does the preferred alternative establish a precedent for future actions with significant impacts or represent a decision
                       in principle about a future consideration?
                     ● Is the preferred alternative known or reasonably expected to have potentially significant environment impacts to the
                       quality of the human environment either individually or cumulatively over time?
                     ● Will the preferred alternative likely have a significant adverse effect on ANY of the special environmental concerns?
                       Use the Evaluation Procedure Guide Sheets to assist in this determination. This includes, but is not limited to,
                       concerns such as cultural or historical resources, endangered and threatened species, environmental justice,
                       wetlands, floodplains, coastal zones, coral reefs, essential fish habitat, wild and scenic rivers, clean air, riparian areas,
                       natural areas, and invasive species.
                     ● Will the preferred alternative threaten a violation of Federal, State, or local law or requirements for the protection of
                       the environment?
P. The information recorded above is based on the best available information:
In the case where a non-NRCS person (i.e. a TSP) assists with planning they are to sign the first signature block and then NRCS is to sign
the second block as the responsible federal agency for the planning action.



                   Signature (TSP if applicable)                                       Title                                 Date



                          Signature (NRCS)                                             Title                                 Date


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               The following sections are to be completed by the Responsible Federal Official (RFO)
Q. NEPA Compliance Finding (check one)
The preferred alternative:                                                                                          Action required
                                                                                                          Document in "R.1" below.
                 1) is not a federal action where the agency has control or responsibility.
                                                                                                          No additional analysis is required

                 2) is a federal action that is categorically excluded from further environmental         Document in "R.2" below.
                 analysis and there are no extraordinary circumstances.                                   No additional analysis is required

                 3) is a federal action that has been sufficiently analyzed in an existing Agency state,
                                                                                                         Document in "R.1" below.
                 regional, or national NEPA document and there are no predicted significant adverse
                                                                                                         No additional analysis is required.
                 environmental effects or extraordinary circumstances.

                 4) is a federal action that has been sufficiently analyzed in another Federal agency's
                                                                                                          Contact the State Environmental
                 NEPA document (EA or EIS) that addresses the proposed NRCS action and its'
                                                                                                          Liaison for list of NEPA documents
                 effects and has been formally adopted by NRCS. NRCS is required to prepare and
                                                                                                          formally adopted and available for
                 publish the agency's own Finding of No Significant Impact for an EA or Record of
                                                                                                          tiering. Document in "R.1" below.
                 Decision for an EIS when adopting another agency's EA or EIS document. Note:
                                                                                                          No additional analysis is required
                 This box is not applicable to FSA.

                 5) is a federal action that has NOT been sufficiently analyzed or may involve            Contact the State Environmental
                 predicted significant adverse environmental effects or extraordinary circumstances       Liaison. Further NEPA analysis
                 and may require an EA or EIS.                                                            required.

R. Rationale Supporting the Finding

R.1
Findings
Documentation


R.2                   USDA Categorical Exclusion (#6) not requiring documentation (see below)
Applicable
Categorical
Exclusion(s)          (6) Activities which are advisory and consultative to other agencies and public and private entities, such as legal
(more than one may    counseling and representation
apply)




I have considered the effects of the alternatives on the Resource Concerns, Economic and Social Considerations, Special
Environmental Concerns, and Extraordinary Circumstances as defined by Agency regulation and policy.

S. Signature of Responsible Federal Official:



                            Signature                                               Title                                Date


                                                            Additional notes
This CPA-52 applies only to the development of a Conservation Activity Plan. A new CPA-52 worksheet will be completed as part of the
NRCS planning process if additional financial assistance is requested to implement practices or measures included in the CAP.




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"SOIL" drop down list
Erosion (Sheet and Rill)                                             "SEC" drop down list
Erosion (Wind)                                                       No Effect-see documentation
Erosion (Ephemeral Gully)                                            Upon Review, No Action Needed
Erosion (Classic Gully)                                              Upon Review, Not Applicable
Erosion (Streambank)                                                 Upon Review, Not Present
Erosion (Shoreline)                                                  Upon Review, No Effect
Erosion (Irrigation Induced)                                         See Attached Documentation Not present in project a
Erosion (Mass Movement)                                              Other
Erosion (Road/Roadside/Construction Site)NA
Condition (Organic Matter)                                           SEC secondary
Condition (Compaction)                                               Provide supporting information as needed
Condition (Subsidence)
Condition (Contaminants - Salts & Other Chemicals)
Condition (Contaminants - Animal Wastes & Other Organics)            "LandUse" drop down list
Condition (Contaminants - Commercial Fertilizer)                     Agroforestry Land
Condition (Contaminants - Residual Pesticides)                       Confined Animal Feeding Land
Condition (Damage from Soil Deposition)                              Crop Land (Irrigated or Non-Irrigated)
No resource concern identified                                       Forest Land
Other                                                                Grazed Forest Land
                                                                     Grazed Range Land
"WATER" drop down list                                               Hayland (Irrigated or Non-Irrigated)
Quantity (Excessive Seepage)                                         Headquarters
Quantity (Excessive Runoff, Flooding, or Ponding)                    Horticultural Specialty Cropland
Quantity (Excessive Subsurface Water)                                Irrigation Land
Quantity (Inadequate Outlets)                                        Mined Land
Quantity (Drifted Snow)                                              Native or Naturalized Pasture Land
Quantity (Inefficient Water Use on Irrigated Land)                   Natural Area
Quantity (Inefficient Water Use on Non-Irrigated Land)               Other land
Quantity (Reduced Capacity of Conveyances by Sed. Deposition)        Pasture Land (Irrigated or Non-Irrigated)
Quantity (Reduced Storage of Wtr Bodies by Sed. Accumulation)        Recreation Land
Quantity (Aquifer Overdraft)                                         Urban Land
Quantity (Insufficient Flows in Water Courses)                       Water
Quantity (Rangeland Hydrologic Cycle)                                Watershed Protection Land
Quality (Groundwater: Harmful Levels of Pesticides)                  Wetlands
Quality (Groundwater: Excessive Nutrients and Organics)              Wildlife Land

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Quality (Groundwater: Excessive Salinity)
Quality (Groundwater: Harmful Levels of Heavy Metals)
Quality (Groundwater: Harmful Levels of Pathogens)
Quality (Groundwater: Harmful Levels of Petroleum)
Quality (Surface Water: Harmful Levels of Pesticides)
Quality (Surface Water: Excessive Nutrients and Organics)
Quality (Surface Water: Excessive Salinity)
Quality (Surface Water: Harmful Levels of Heavy Metals)
Quality (Surface Water: Harmful Levels of Pathogens)
Quality (Surface Water: Harmful Levels of Petroleum)
Quality (Surface Water: Excessive Susp. Sedmt & Turbidity)
Quality (Surface Water: Harmful Temperatures)
No resource concern identified
Other

"AIR" drop down list
Quality [Particulate Matter < 10µm diameter ("PM 10")]
Quality [Particulate Matter < 2.5µm diameter ("PM 2.5")]
Quality (Excessive Ozone)
Quality [Excessive Greenhouse Gas - Carbon Dioxide (CO2)]
Quality [Excessive Greenhouse Gas - Nitrogen Oxide (N20)]
Quality [Excessive Greenhouse Gas - Methane (CH4)]
Quality [Ammonia (NH3)]
Quality (Chemical Drift)
Quality (Objectionable Odors)
Quality (Reduced Visibility)
Quality (Undesirable Air Movement)
Quality (Adverse Air Temperature)
No resource concern identified
Other

"PLANTS" drop down list
Adaptability (Plants Not Adapted or Suited to Site)
Condition (Productivity, Health, and/or Vigor)
Condition (Impacts to Endangered or Threatened Plants)
Condition (Impacts to Declining Species, Species of Concern)
Condition (Noxious and Invasive Plants)
Condition (Impaired Forage Quality and Palatability)
Condition (Wildfire Hazard)
No resource concern identified
Other


"ANIMALS" drop down list
Fish and wildlife (Inadequate Food)
Fish and wildlife (Inadequate Cover/Shelter)
Fish and wildlife (Inadequate Water)
Fish and wildlife (Inadequate Space)
Fish and wildlife (Plant Community Fragmentation)
Fish and wildlife (Imbalance Among and Within Populations)
Fish and wildlife (Impacts to Endangered or Threatened Animals)
Fish and wildlife (Impacts to Declining Species, Species of Concern)
Domestic animals (Inadequate Quantities and Qual. of Feed & Forage)
Domestic animals (Inadequate Shelter)
Domestic animals (Inadequate Stock Water)

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Domestic animals (Stress and Mortality)
No resource concern identified
Other




No resource concern identified that needs to be addressed




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        Not present in project area


                      Context
                      local
                      regional
                      national
                      Other




d or Non-Irrigated)




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NRCS-Pennsylvania CPA-52 Guidance for Conservation Actvitity Plans (CAPs)

1. NRCS will continue to encourage TSPs to complete a CPA52 for CAPs, which will likely be implemented in the
2. If the CPA52 is not completed by the TSP, NRCS will complete a “USDA categorical exclusion #6” type of CPA
   worksheet as described below and will have to develop a new CPA52 if the customer/client seeks additional tech
   or financial assistance in the future. The “USDA categorical exclusion #6” type of CPA52 worksheet for CAPs w
   have the following components (see highlighted sections of sample CPA52 template):
    a.   Identifying Information for the Client
    b.   Client Objective
    c.   No Action and Planned Action Identified
    d.   Identification of primary resource concerns being addressed with the CAP. Use of the “Non-Planning only”
    e.   Extraordinary Circumstances checked-off and signed by RFO (DC)
    f.   A Finding of “USDA Categorical Exclusion 6” by RFO
    g.   Explanatory Note
 likely be implemented in the future.
cal exclusion #6” type of CPA52
er/client seeks additional technical
CPA52 worksheet for CAPs will




e of the “Non-Planning only” language.

				
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