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 »

Spring Environmental Checklist

RARE PLANT SURVEY Conducting a full season of rare plant surveys before designing your project can help you avoid last-minute redesigns and costly project delays. The first step is conducting a habitat assessment to determine whether rare plants have potential to occur on your site and whether surveys are needed. Because different rare plants bloom … Continue Reading »

WRA Fisheries Expert to Present at American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting

The Western Division of the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting is being held this year in Reno, Nevada.   The theme of the 41st annual meeting hosted by the California-Nevada Chapter is: Fisheries, Society, and the Scientific Method – Challenging Our Perception of Science, Policy, and Management.  The conference focus will be on using the scientific method to find answers … Continue Reading »

WRA Waterfront Expert Joins Port of San Francisco Resilience Advisory Team

Justin Semion, WRA Principal and one of the company’s foremost waterfront experts, is a member of the Port of San Francisco’s newly formed Waterfront Plan Resilience Advisory Team. Waterfront Plan The Port’s Waterfront Plan Working Group is assisted by seven advisory teams to address these needs and recommend updates to the Waterfront Plan. The Port … 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 »

San Francisco Bay Herring Spawn Potential Map

by Dan Chase Pacific herring (Clupea pallasii) are found in large schools throughout the California’s coastal zone and are an important forage species that sustains a valuable commercial and recreational fishing industry in San Francisco Bay.  While primarily found off shore, the species moves into bays and estuaries in the winter to lay their eggs. These … 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 »

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 »