USFWS Proposes Foothill Yellow-legged Frog for Listing Under the Federal Endangered Species Act

By Brian Freiermuth, WRA ‌Senior Wildlife Biologist and Project Manager On December 28, 2021, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced through the Federal Register that it is proposing to list 4 of 6 defined Distinct Population Segments (DPSs) of Foothill Yellow-legged Frog (FYLF; Rana boylii) under the Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). The … Continue Reading »

New CEQA Statutory Exemption for Habitat Restoration Projects

By Erik Schmidt, Regulatory Specialist Law Provides for Initial 3-year Period with CDFW Oversight California continues to break new ground in efforts to accelerate critical habitat and ecosystem restoration projects with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Statutory Exemption for Restoration Projects (SERP). The exemption is a key part of the California Natural Resources Agency’s … Continue Reading »

The Benefits of Public-Private Collaboration for Land Preservation

The Tri-Valley area in Alameda County is a vibrant Bay Area suburb that encompasses the cities of Dublin, Livermore, and Pleasanton. The region, marked by rolling hills and sprawling residential developments, is experiencing rapid growth. The area’s open spaces and grazing lands support sensitive species and habitats, including federal and state-listed species, but currently lacks … Continue Reading »

WRA Waterfront Expert Joins Port of San Francisco Resilience Advisory Team

Justin Semion, WRA Principal and one of the company’s foremost waterfront experts, is a member of the Port of San Francisco’s newly formed Waterfront Plan Resilience Advisory Team. Waterfront Plan The Port’s Waterfront Plan Working Group is assisted by seven advisory teams to address these needs and recommend updates to the Waterfront Plan. The Port … Continue Reading »

Presidential Memorandum Issues Support for Mitigation Banking and New Policy Guidelines

President Obama recently released a Presidential Memorandum supporting private investment in natural resource conservation and restoration. Mitigation and conservation banking, in particular, were lauded as the environmentally superior and preferred approach to natural resource impact mitigation. Current studies suggest that private sector investment in compensatory mitigation is currently $1.3 – $4 billion dollars with 40% … Continue Reading »

Top 6 Maintenance Tips to Tame El Niño

The weather models continue to call for a potentially extreme El Niño event this winter in central and southern California. Being prepared for what Mother Nature has to offer is your first line of defense in protecting your assets. Names like “Godzilla El Niño” and “Bruce Lee El Niño” are commonplace and hint at the … 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 »

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 »