The Foothill Yellow-legged Frog: Status Update and Steps for Compliance

By Brian Freiermuth, Wildlife Biologist Foothill Yellow-legged Frog Life History The foothill yellow-legged frog (FYLF), Rana boylii, is visually one of the more non-descript frogs in California, but it must gamble for survival.  Although FYLF breed in relatively calm parts of streams, these areas are prone to scour from large late-season rains,  or dry out … Continue Reading »

WRA Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse Expert to Present at the 2018 Bay-Delta Science Conference

Members of WRA’s wildlife and fisheries team including Daniel Chase, Katie Smith, and Stewart Desmeules will attend the Bay-Delta Science Conference being held September 10-12, 2018 in Sacramento. This year’s event will convene a community of scientists, practitioners, resource agency staff, and other stakeholders working on Bay-Delta issues through a theme of “Our Estuary at … Continue Reading »

New Research Article: Sea Level Rise and Impacts to Tidal Marsh Habitat and Species

WRA’s Jordan Rosencranz, former Southwest Climate Science Center (SWCSC) fellow and research ecologist with the Western Ecological Research Center, United States Geological Survey, is lead author of a new research publication on sea level rise and impacts to tidal marsh habitat and species in southern California. The research, titled “Sea-level rise, habitat loss, and potential … 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 »

Federal Agencies Propose Major Changes to the Endangered Species Act

On July 19, 2018, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries (collectively, Agencies) announced proposed revisions to Endangered Species Act (ESA) regulations. The proposed changes have the potential to affect ESA permit timelines, delisting of species, designation of Critical Habitat, and whether species listed as threatened in the … Continue Reading »

San Rafael Sunset Criterium 2018

The family-friendly San Rafael Sunset Criterium cycling race will be held Saturday, July 28, 2018 along 4th Street in downtown San Rafael. One of the most common forms of American road bike racing, the criterium is a multi-lap race held on a closed course. These races are extremely fast and are accessible for spectators to … Continue Reading »

in·sight newsletter [Summer 2018]

The latest edition of WRA’s in·sight newsletter is out now. The Summer 2018 edition features exciting news and blog posts as recap of upcoming conferences and events. Click here to catch up on all our latest news!

UC Davis/WRA Research Poster Featured at the International Congress on the Biology of Fish

WRA’s Dan Chase will attend the International Congress on the Biology of Fish July 15-19, 2018 in Calgary, Alberta. A research poster on the genetic sequencing, distribution, and salinity tolerance for two invasive goby (Tridentiger) in the San Francisco Bay will be featured as a collaboration between the Todgham Lab from University of California, Davis and WRA. … Continue Reading »

Ben Snyder Joins WRA to Lead Engineering Service Line

Ben Snyder joins WRA, Inc. as Senior Water Resource Engineer and will direct WRA’s new engineering service line, providing a suite of engineering and design services for our clients. “We are extremely excited to have Ben on board, said Chief Executive Officer Tim DeGraff. “His expertise now gives WRA a fully integrated platform to bolster our … Continue Reading »

Silicon Valley Clean Water Project Wins AEP 2018 Outstanding Environmental Analysis Award

The Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP) held their annual conference in Palm Springs March 25-28, 2018 in Rancho Mirage, California. The Silicon Valley Clean Water Wastewater Conveyance System and Treatment Plant Reliability Improvement Project Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was recognized with AEP’s top honor – the Outstanding Environmental Analysis Award. WRA wishes to congratulate our … Continue Reading »