WRA Guest Column Featured in North Bay Biz Wine Issue

The March 2017 North Bay Biz magazine features WRA’s guest column on the increasing use of drones in the agricultural industry, especially for vineyards. WRA has supported the North Bay wine industry for several decades, from vineyard site selection, development, permitting, and maintenance. Recent advances in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology, ‑aka drones‑now allows for substantial … Continue Reading »

Callippe Preserve Recognized for Continued Environmental Stewardship

    One of WRA’s legacy projects, the Callippe Golf Course and Preserve in Pleasanton, California, has again been recognized for environmental stewardship. The property has retained a status as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” since 2006 as authorized through a program of Audubon International. Read a recent press release here. Starting in 1999, WRA … Continue Reading »

2016 NMBA D.C. Fly-In

Executive members of the National Mitigation Banking Association (NMBA) joined forces in their annual trip to Washington, D.C. in late March. NMBA members including WRA’s Chief Executive Officer Tim DeGraff and Chief Investment Officer Ben Guillon, who also serves as a Director at Large for the organization, converged on the nation’s capital to continue their bi-partisan approach … 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 »

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 »

WRA Presentation: Waters of the US Final Rule

In July 2015, WRA’s President, Geoff Smick, joined land use attorneys from Perkins Coie to discuss changes and implications of the federal Clean Water Act “Waters of the US” Final Rule. The presentation included case studies and applications relevant to help project owners and stakeholders understand the ruling’s potential implications which will become effective on August 28, 2015. Click the … Continue Reading »

EPA and Corps Issue New Definition of “Waters of the U.S.”

In what is keying up to be a very controversial issue, the EPA and Corps issued a new rule on May 27, 2015 defining “waters of the United States”.  The agencies intend the new definition to be a “bright line” for delineating the limit of their jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA).  This new … Continue Reading »