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 »

Land and Water Magazine Features WRA’s Restoration Design at Breuner Marsh

Land and Water Magazine, a natural resources and restoration publication, features WRA’s innovative restoration design for Breuner Marsh in their November/December 2015 edition. The article, titled “Tidal Marsh and Seasonal Wetland Restoration on the San Francisco Bay Margin” highlights the East Bay Regional Park District’s Breuner Marsh Restoration project. This project which was recognized as an outstanding … Continue Reading »

Final Rule Impacts to Mining Industry Featured in Fall Issue of Conveyor Magazine

The Conveyor, official publication of the California Construction and Industrial Materials Association (CalCIMA), features an article about the effects of the Clean Water Act Final Rule on the Mining Industry. Click here to read the full article here or click the image to the right to download the full Fall issue. WRA also sponsored the 2015 CalCIMA Education Conference held in November in … 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 »

Species Translocation Optimizes Conservation Bank Value at Ridge Top Ranch

A recent article published in National Mitigation Banking Association’s Winter 2015 newsletter focuses on the success of federally-protected species translocation at Ridge Top Ranch Wildlife Conservation Bank.  The results, in combination with available credits to mitigate future impacts, provide an opportunity to bolster financial value for conservation banks and increase the potential return for investors … 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 »

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 »