Steelhead Migration Restored in a Napa River Tributary with Removal of a Century-old Dam

A Look at the Upper York Creek Ecosystem and Aquatic Habitat Restoration Project By Erik Schmidt, Regulatory Permitting Specialist, WRA, Inc. Since 1997, the handful of steelhead hanging on in York Creek, part of a larger Central California Coast population group, have been federally listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. The National Marine … Continue Reading »

NMEBC 2020 Goes Virtual!

WRA is a proud sponsor of the 2020 National Mitigation and Ecosystem Banking Conference (NMEBC). NMEBC Virtual will be held on August 17-19, with pre and post extended content and engagement. Entering its 23rd year, NMEBC is committed to advancing and protecting the environment in a financially sustainable way. This annual event connects mitigation providers, … Continue Reading »

2019 WOTUS Rule Implemented Except in Colorado

By Myla Ablog, WRA, Inc., Aquatic Resources Permitting Specialist On June 22, 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) implemented the new Navigable Waters Protection Rule (2019 Rule) that defines “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) in all states except Colorado where a federal judge stayed the implementation. This is an … Continue Reading »

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

Updated June 11, 2020 (originally published September 13, 2018) 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 … Continue Reading »

Federal Definition of WOTUS Published in the Federal Register

By Myla Ablog, WRA, Inc., Aquatic Resources Permitting Specialist On April 21, 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) published the Navigable Waters Protection Rule (2019 Rule) that defines “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) and clarifies the limits of federal jurisdiction over wetlands, streams, and ditches under the Clean Water … Continue Reading »

[VIDEO] WRA Celebrates American Wetlands Month, 2020

A special video from WRA CEO, Geoff Smick, in honor of American Wetlands Month. WRA Celebrates American Wetlands Month, 2020 from WRA, Inc. on Vimeo. As part of our American Wetlands Month celebration, we put together a short video on the importance of wetlands, WRA’s history and vision for these critical ecosystems, and a few … Continue Reading »

Greenways and Climate Change Resilience: A Call to Action at the ASLA Ecology & Restoration PPN Meeting

With a record number of industry events postponed or canceled this year, it’s comforting to have a good record of past conferences to reflect on for inspiration.  The 2019 American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Conference was particularly memorable.  WRA Landscape Architect, Ingrid Morken, captured the highlights of the Ecology & Restoration Professional Practice Network … Continue Reading »

Why You Should Check For This Underwater Plant Before Planning In-Water Construction

Perhaps you are considering the addition of a private boat pier to your property, or need to increase the depth of a channel through dredging. For whatever in-water construction you are planning, it’s important to know if an underwater plant called eelgrass lives in or near your project site to make sure your work can start without a hitch.