Mitigation Banking at Ridge Top Ranch Provides Habitat for Endangered Frogs and Butterflies

By: Ariella Simke, Freelance Science Writer and Geoff Smick, Chief Executive Officer High in the golden hills of southern Solano County, California red-legged frogs (Rana draytonii) hop through the network of restored ponds scattered around the expansive Ridge Top Ranch Wildlife Conservation Bank property. The ponds act as a wildlife corridor, constructed to allow the … Continue Reading »

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging at WRA

By Pema Lin, Vice President of People Operations My name is Pema Lin, and I’m the Vice President of People Operations at WRA. People Operations is just a fancy way of saying that I think deeply about the intersection of humanity and how we work to achieve great things.  Since I started at WRA, I’ve … Continue Reading »

WRA, Inc. Welcomes Jennifer Hyman, Restoration Engineering Director

WRA, Inc. is pleased to welcome Jenn Hyman, PE, LEED AP, ENV SP as Restoration Engineering Director. With more than 28 years of experience, Ms. Hyman is a licensed civil engineer providing planning, design, and construction management services to support restoration and water infrastructure projects throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Ms. Hyman’s leadership of … Continue Reading »

WRA Adds 14 New Shareholders in 2021

WRA is excited to announce the addition of new company shareholders in 2021: Brian Freiermuth, Sundaran Gillespie, Miles Gullingsrud, Ellie Knecht, Peter Kobylarz, Virginia Mahacek, Bianca McCarron, Karen Morfin, Ingrid Morken, Russell Prange, Michael Rochelle, Andrew Smith, Kirk Uhrlaub, and Chris Zumwalt.  WRA is a private entity (S-Corporation) and proud of our legacy as an … Continue Reading »

Reducing Risks When Applying for Environmental Permits

By Myla Ablog, WRA Aquatic Resources Permitting Specialist Do you have a complex project? Are you concerned about navigating through the environmental permitting process? Would you like to reduce risks to your project schedule? One potential way to address these concerns is to attend a pre-application Interagency Meeting. Depending on the region in which your … Continue Reading »

Corte Madera Tidal Marsh Habitat Restoration and Public Access Complete

By Ariella Simke, Freelance Science Writer, and Ingrid Morken, WRA Landscape Architect In collaboration with The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (District), WRA, Inc. designed four acres of restored tidal marsh located within the District’s 72-acre property adjacent to the Corte Madera Ecological Reserve. The project reached a significant milestone on December 10, … Continue Reading »

Alameda’s Encinal Beach Provides Restored Dune Habitat and Recreation Enhancements

By Ariella Simke, Freelance Science Writer in collaboration with Leslie Lazarotti, Ellie Knecht, and Russell Prange Poking out from the coastline, Encinal Beach in Alameda is bringing awareness of sensitive coastal habitats to Bay Area visitors. The park is a local favorite, providing recreational opportunities and public beach access, and serving as one of the … Continue Reading »

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Reissues Several Nationwide Permits

By Myla Ablog, WRA Aquatic Resources Permitting Specialist On January 13, 2021, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the reissuance of 12 existing nationwide permits (NWPs) and the addition of four new NWPs. In addition, NWP general conditions and modified definitions were reissued for those 12 … Continue Reading »

WRA Celebrates International Women’s Day 2021

Women comprise a large part of WRA’s staff and are vital contributors to the work we do as a company. WRA appreciates the leadership and contributions of our team! International Women’s Day is Monday, March 8th, 2021. This year’s theme is #ChoosetoChallenge, with an emphasis on ‘from challenge comes change’ and choosing challenge.  “Women challenge … Continue Reading »