Perhaps you are considering the addition of a private boat pier to your property, or need to increase the depth of a channel through dredging. For whatever in-water construction you are planning, it’s important to know if an underwater plant called eelgrass lives in or near your project site to make sure your work can start without a hitch.
Esri is the developer of ArcGIS, a mapping software used by private, government, natural resource, and utilities enterprises to asses and model geographical data essential to successful project management, problem solving, and execution. The annual Esri User Conference hosts approximately 16,000 attendees and brings together cross industry leaders from a breadth of fields interested in learning … Continue Reading »
Tanner Harris, Senior Biologist at WRA, has joined a committee of restoration practitioners that is part of the “Working Group for Phytophthoras in Native Plant Habitats”. Phytopthora, which means “plant destroyer”, is a large group of fungus-like water molds that can cause severe dieback in natural plant populations. Perhaps the most well-known Phytophthora species is … Continue Reading »
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 »
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 »
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 »
By John Krapek Hiding Among Us is a WRA blog series in which we focus on the trickier side of botany – namely, identifying weedy plants that could have unfortunate implications for habitat restoration and, often, on meeting regulatory agency performance criteria for restoration sites and other projects with re-vegetation components. In this post, we … Continue Reading »
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 »