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 »

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 »

Corps Wetland Delineation Training 2015

WRA’s Associate Principal Dr. Amanda McCarthy co-instructed a 40‐hour U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) wetland delineation training at the Romberg Tiburon Center (RTC), the San Francisco State University’s marine and estuarine research facility.  The class is based on the Corps’ certification program that is specific to wetland delineation and is intended to reduce the level of effort required by the agency in … 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 »

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 »