Oak Knoll Groundbreaking September 12, 2018

  On September 12, 2018, the Oak Knoll development project broke ground after nearly decades of planning. WRA’s Amanda McCarthy, Kari Dupler, and Susie Bennett attended the event as guests alongside our client SunCal, government officials including Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Oakland City Council President Larry Reid, and local community leaders. The site, formerly … Continue Reading »

WRA Participates in NAHB ESA Practitioner Panel

Through WRA’s involvement in the California Building Industry Association, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) invited Amanda McCarthy, PhD PWS, to join a panel of practitioners and to speak about WRA’s experiences working with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for consultation on impacts to listed species under the Federal Endangered Species … Continue Reading »

Spring Environmental Checklist

RARE PLANT SURVEY Conducting a full season of rare plant surveys before designing your project can help you avoid last-minute redesigns and costly project delays. The first step is conducting a habitat assessment to determine whether rare plants have potential to occur on your site and whether surveys are needed. Because different rare plants bloom … Continue Reading »

WRA to Co-Present at the 2017 Land Use Law Conference

WRA, Inc. is honored to be part of the 2017 Land Use Law conference, hosted by CLE International. On September 18-19 in San Francisco, developers, planners, regulators, and attorneys will gather to discuss critical topics facing California land use law and policy. WRA President Geoff Smick will co-present a session on Monday, September 18th from 1:45-2:45 pm … 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 »

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 »

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 »