San Francisco Bay Herring Spawn Potential Map

by Dan Chase Pacific herring (Clupea pallasii) are found in large schools throughout the California’s coastal zone and are an important forage species that sustains a valuable commercial and recreational fishing industry in San Francisco Bay.  While primarily found off shore, the species moves into bays and estuaries in the winter to lay their eggs. These … Continue Reading »

WRA Open for Environmental Consulting in San Diego

WRA is excited to announce the opening of our new San Diego office. San Diego is a natural fit for us.  We have worked on a broad range of important projects in the region for over 30 years, are very familiar with local regulations, and have excellent relationships with all of the local regulators.  For … Continue Reading »

How California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Permits Affect You

  Projects with environmental impacts in Califonia don’t happen without agency participation.  The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is the oldest wildlife conservation agency in the country and to this day is a linchpin in the protection of California wildlife.  If you have ever hunted or fished in California, you’ve received a CDFW recreational … Continue Reading »

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 »

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 »