Awards & Articles

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Breuner Marsh Restoration and Public Access Project Recognized with National, Regional Accolades

The Breuner Marsh Restoration and Public Access Project has received national and regional recognition from the following organizations and publications:

Friends of San Francisco Estuary 2015 Outstanding Environmental Project

San Francisco Bay Joint Venture 2015 Featured Project

Land and Water Magazine November/December 2015 Feature Article

BayGeo Journal Winter 2015 Feature Article

American Society of Landscape Architects-Northern California Chapter 2013 Honor Award

Breuner Marsh is an innovative coastal shoreline park on San Francisco Bay. It is one of the first restoration projects in the San Francisco Bay Area that anticipates and accommodates rising sea levels due to climate change. Simultaneously, it creates habitat for endangered and threatened tidal marsh species endemic to the region, including the salt marsh harvest mouse, Ridgway’s rail, and California black rail. Restoration, already underway, will benefit endangered species and provide public access to the Bay now and into the future. Following a century of coastal marsh loss from human development, the park restores and enhances 40 acres of tidal and seasonal wetlands. Using rigorous data and spatial modeling, the project plans habitat for endangered and threatened species and access to parkland for adjacent underserved communities. To tackle these challenges, WRA developed a tool kit to evaluate design alternatives in the context of sea level rise, including topographic and vegetation analyses, evaluation of restoration design in the context of sea level rise, and graphic communication with stakeholders.  The project provides an example of innovative uses of existing tools to solve complex problems in landscape architecture.

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Yosemite Slough Restoration Project Awarded Top Regional Honors

The Yosemite Slough Restoration Project (North Side, Phase I) was recognized with the region’s top honor as one of the 2013 Friends of the San Francisco Estuary Outstanding Environmental Project. In 2015, the project was also a featured project of the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture.

The restoration of Yosemite Slough, located in the Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, will create the largest contiguous wetland area in the County of San Francisco. The project will help restore essential wildlife habitat, improve water quality, and prevent erosion along the shoreline. The restoration project will also be accessible to visitors and will serve the underserved community of Bayview Hunters Point.

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California Stormwater Quality Association Outstanding Stormwater BMP Implementation Project Award for Boeing Santa Susana Biofilter Project

This biofilter project at the former Boeing Santa Susana Laboratory site received a 2013 award for Outstanding Stormwater BMP Implementation Project from the California Stormwater Quality Association. The project is designed to harness natural processes to treat stormwater runoff while promoting habitats that encourage pollination. The system uses plants, soils, and filter media to capture sediment and pollutants before releasing cleaner water back into the watershed. The biofilter also serves as an educational tool for students and the community, as its surrounding ADA-compliant walking paths are lined with educational signage and benches where visitors can observe its top layer of native vegetation. Read more in the CASQA press release.

ASLA-Northern California Chapter Honor Award in the Energy, Water Conservation, and Sustainability Design Category for the Bixby Marshlands Enhancement and Public Education Project

The American Society of Landscape Architects-Northern California Chapter presented WRA an Honor Award for the Bixby Marshlands Enhancement and Public Education project in 2010.

The American Society of Landscape Architects-Northern California Chapter presented WRA an Honor Award for in 2010. The Bixby Marshlands project is located in Carson, California, and WRA worked with the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts to re-introduce water into an old remnant tidal marsh and design new wetland and riparian habitat, an outdoor classroom for teaching wetland ecology to local public schools, and a place for local wildlife enthusiasts to view wildlife.

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ASLA National Merit Award for Wetland Mitigation at the Santa Lucia Preserve

In 2003, WRA received recognition from the American Society of Landscape Architects for their analysis and planning work on wetland and riparian Mitigation at the Santa Lucia Preserve, a 350-unit residential and golf community located on 2,000 acres within an 18,000-acre preserve near Carmel Valley, California. WRA prepared wetland and riparian mitigation permits, construction plans, and specifications for replacement of wetland and riparian habitat.

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“Residential Street Design with Watersheds in Mind: Toward Ecological Streets”

BY MEGAN WILSON STROMBERG AND STEPHANIE HURLEY

This article is featured in the book, Handbook of Regenerative Landscape Design: Integrative Studies in Water Management and Land Development.
What if environmentally damaged landscapes could not only be remediated from an ecological standpoint, but also designed to replenish an entire community as well as the nature surrounding it? Bringing the perspectives of landscape architects, scientists, and urban planners to a wider audience, the Handbook of Regenerative Landscape Design demonstrates how ecological landscape restoration processes can facilitate sociological and urban renewal initiatives.

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Model Bioretention Soil Media Specifications: MRP Provision C.3.c.iii.(3)

BY MEGAN WILSON STROMBERG

WRA prepared soil specifications for use in bioretention systems adopted by the San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board.

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Green Infrastructure and Stormwater Management Case Study: Steamer Landing Park and Shoreline Trail

BY GEORGE SALVAGGIO

An evaluation of sustainable green infrastructure design techniques related to stormwater management.  See the ASLA case study.