Pathogen Poses Threat to Habitat Restoration and Open Space Projects in California

By Isaac Swanson, Tanner Harris, and Kari Dupler Phytophthora is a water-borne fungus transmitted through contact with infected soil, water, or leaves. Some Phytophthora species are relatively innocuous, but others–like Phytophthora ramorum, the cause of Sudden Oak Death–can be deadly to woody shrubs and trees and even to some grass and marsh species native to … Continue Reading »

WRA Featured in Landscape Architecture Magazine

WRA Principal George Salvaggio was recently interviewed by Landscape Architecture Magazine discussing how his team’s design practice integrates in to a multidisciplinary office. Read the full article here. 

WRA to Present Posters at the State of the Estuary Conference

  WRA’s experts have been invited to present posters at the 13th Biennial State of the San Francisco Estuary Conference being held October 10-11, 2017 in Oakland.  The posters will be on display throughout the conference and a special poster session reception is scheduled for Tuesday, October 10 at 5:00 pm. Posters The poster abstract program is … Continue Reading »

Endangered Species Habitat Expanded in Marin

The Creekside Marsh near Hal Brown Park is home to the endangered salt marsh harvest mouse, California Ridgway’s rail, and many other tidal marsh species.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers filled this marsh and many other tidal wetlands in the watershed with dredge spoils in the late 1960’s when the earthen channel for the … Continue Reading »

Federal and State Regulatory Agencies Approve Largest Wetland Mitigation Bank in California

State, Federal Agencies to Protect 4,000 Acres to Offset Ecological Impacts WRA is proud to announce our mitigation banking department has achieved another huge milestone.  After working with the Interagency Review Team for several years, we were able to garner approvals from the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, California Department of Fish and … 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 »

Breuner Marsh Recognized with Top Honor at the 2015 San Francisco Estuary Conference

WRA congratulates the East Bay Regional Park District for the Breuner Marsh Restoration and Public Access Project, one of six outstanding environmental projects honored at the 12th biennial State of the Estuary Conference on September 18, 2015. District Board members Diane Burgis and John Sutter accepted the award. Breuner Marsh was recognized for its outstanding environmental benefits to … Continue Reading »

WRA Stream Restoration Expert to Present at the Mid-Atlantic Conference

WRA’s stream restoration expert, Brian Bartell, will be part of a workshop panel on sustainability and presenting a case study about headwater restoration at the Mid-Atlantic Stream Restoration Conference being held September 23-25, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Brian will participate as one of four expert panelists on the conference’s workshop #3 on Wednesday, September 23rd.  … Continue Reading »

Breuner Marsh Resilient Design Featured at State Climate Change Symposim

WRA’s work on the Breuner Marsh Restoration and Public Access Project will be featured as part of the California Climate Change Symposium in Sacramento August 24-25, 2015. One of the first restoration projects in the San Francisco Bay Area that anticipates and accommodates rising sea levels due to climate change, Breuner Marsh is a case study for resilient design of a 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 »