Nesting Observed on Yosemite Slough Bird Island

by Giselle Goulette Working with the California State Parks Foundation, WRA designed a nesting bird island that was incorporated in the restoration of Yosemite Slough, a major wetlands restoration and park development project in southeastern San Francisco.  For the first time since the project’s first phase of restoration was completed in 2012, local shorebirds are using … Continue Reading »

WRA to Co-Present on the New Clean Water Act Final Rule

WRA’s President, Geoff Smick, will join land use attorneys Marc Bruner and Laura Godfrey Zagar from Perkins Coie to discuss changes and implications of the federal Clean Water Act Final Rule. The events will be held in San Diego and San Francisco.  Space is limited.  Webinar option available for the San Francisco seminar on July 9, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. … 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 »

San Francisco Bay Dredging Projects – Is That Eelgrass in your Footprint?

by Gwen Santos Spring has arrived and that means the season for dredging and other in-water work in San Francisco Bay is just around the corner.  Do you know what’s in your subtidal footprint?  If eelgrass (Zostera marina or Z. pacifica) or other submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) is present, pre- and post-project surveys are typically a … Continue Reading »

WRA Fish Salvage Summary Report 2012-2014

By Daniel Chase, WRA Wildlife and Fisheries Biologist   Fish rescue and relocation, frequently referred to as fish salvage, can be an integral component of in-stream or in-water projects. When sensitive fish species are present at a project site and dewatering is necessary, fish rescue and relocation is typically required as a permit condition for … 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 »

Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse Regulatory Update

by Kate Allan The salt marsh harvest mouse is an elusive Bay Area native that you may have come across in nature guides, open space signage, or construction and restoration work in a salt marsh.  It is a small brown mouse with a white or reddish belly found only in salt marshes around the San … Continue Reading »