When to Create a Mitigation Bank as a Permitting Asset: A Guide to Banking for Developers

Land development is a tricky business that juggles many moving pieces simultaneously.  One of those key pieces is compensatory environmental mitigation required under numerous state and federal laws.  Many developers know firsthand how much compensatory mitigation requirements can affect their project, especially in California.  More difficult still is getting regulatory agencies to agree with the … Continue Reading »

Hiding Among Us: Identifying a Non-Native Rush

By John Krapek Hiding Among Us is a WRA blog series in which we focus on the trickier side of botany – namely, identifying weedy plants that could have unfortunate implications for habitat restoration and, often, on meeting regulatory agency performance criteria for restoration sites and other projects with re-vegetation components.  In this post, we … Continue Reading »

City Meets Tree Preservation Goals with ISA Certified Arborist

A $28 million community improvements plan, known as Measure E was set in motion in 2009 to upgrade parks and construct community infrastructure in the City of Pleasant Hill (City).  While the plan included some much-needed modernization for the City, it was also important to preserve city-defining trees in the process.  These trees are treasured … Continue Reading »

How the CNPS Rare Plants List Affects CEQA Environmental Review

Many projects requiring CEQA review involve CNPS listed plants, which may have left you asking: What is CNPS, anyway? A consortium of scientists, botanists, and enthusiasts, the California Native Plants Society (CNPS) has a mission to accurately review and categorize the rarity of native plants in California.  The resulting list of sensitive plant species produced … Continue Reading »

Environmental Permitting Energizes the Sunrise Power Transmission Line

When planning the Sunrise Powerlink renewable energy transmission line, San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) faced a rigorous environmental review and permitting process.  The proposed 117- mile-long line would bring up to 1,000 megawatts of clean solar, wind, and geothermal power generated in California’s Imperial Valley to homes and businesses in San Diego.  At the … Continue Reading »