WRA Poster Sessions at the State of the Estuary Conference

WRA’s experts have been invited to present posters at the 12th Biennial State of the San Francisco Estuary Conference being held September 17-18, 2015 at the Oakland Marriott City Center.  The posters will be on display throughout the conference and a special poster session reception is scheduled for Thursday, September 17th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. WRA Poster … Continue Reading »

WRA Named 2015 Best Place to Work

WRA is proud to be recognized in the 2015 North Bay Business Journal Best Places to Work list. Our company is a five-time recipient of this prestigious honor. Read the full article here and some of our staff feedback below. “We are committed to a collaborative and supportive workplace for a growing team of 65 talented individuals that are … Continue Reading »

Breuner Marsh Resilient Design Featured at State Climate Change Symposim

WRA’s work on the Breuner Marsh Restoration and Public Access Project will be featured as part of the California Climate Change Symposium in Sacramento August 24-25, 2015. One of the first restoration projects in the San Francisco Bay Area that anticipates and accommodates rising sea levels due to climate change, Breuner Marsh is a case study for resilient design of a new … Continue Reading »

WRA to Present at American Fisheries Society Meeting

WRA fisheries biologist Dan Chase has been invited to present at the American Fisheries Society (AFS) 145th annual meeting in Portland, Oregon.  This large national meeting has more than 3,000 registered attendees and will feature over 2,100 oral presentations and 400 poster presentations. The conference poster networking event on Monday, August 17th from 6:00 – 8:30 pm will … Continue Reading »

WRA Presentation: Waters of the US Final Rule

In July 2015, WRA’s President, Geoff Smick, joined land use attorneys from Perkins Coie to discuss changes and implications of the federal Clean Water Act “Waters of the US” Final Rule. The presentation included case studies and applications relevant to help project owners and stakeholders understand the ruling’s potential implications which will become effective on August 28, 2015. Click the … Continue Reading »

New Cultural Resources Regulations in CEQA

New CEQA Regulation: AB 52 by Paul Curfman and Jonathan Hidalgo Effective July 1, 2015, lead agencies are now required to offer Native American tribes that have submitted written requests to participate in consultations to protect tribal cultural resources, the opportunity to consult on California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) documents prior to submitting a Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) … Continue Reading »

Nesting Observed on Yosemite Slough Bird Island

by Giselle Goulette Working with the California State Parks Foundation, WRA designed a nesting bird island that was incorporated in the restoration of Yosemite Slough, a major wetlands restoration and park development project in southeastern San Francisco.  For the first time since the project’s first phase of restoration was completed in 2012, local shorebirds are using … Continue Reading »

WRA to Co-Present on the New Clean Water Act Final Rule

WRA’s President, Geoff Smick, will join land use attorneys Marc Bruner and Laura Godfrey Zagar from Perkins Coie to discuss changes and implications of the federal Clean Water Act Final Rule. The events will be held in San Diego and San Francisco.  Space is limited.  Webinar option available for the San Francisco seminar on July 9, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. … Continue Reading »

EPA and Corps Issue New Definition of “Waters of the U.S.”

In what is keying up to be a very controversial issue, the EPA and Corps issued a new rule on May 27, 2015 defining “waters of the United States”.  The agencies intend the new definition to be a “bright line” for delineating the limit of their jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA).  This new … Continue Reading »

Maintenance Plan Key to Avoid Stormwater to Wetland Conversion

by Megan Stromberg Stormwater treatment facilities are not jurisdictional wetlands; however, stormwater to wetland conversion can occur if they are not maintained according to an approved management plan.  As long as they are maintained according to the plan, and drainage functions as designed, they remain non-jurisdictional. Impacts of Latest Stormwater Regulations Increasingly, developers, land owners, and facility … Continue Reading »