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.

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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 spent months forming these special advisory teams comprised of “broad cross sections of San Francisco and Bay Area citizens representing diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and pertinent subject area expertise”. Advisory team members provide an important resource to Port staff as well as the Working Group, through subject-matter knowledge and expertise to address and report back on public questions and concerns raised in the Working Group meetings.

The team is expected to work over the next two years supporting Port staff to address new issues identified in the comprehensive Waterfront Plan Review Report and prioritize updates to the Port’s Waterfront Land Use Plan.

Upcoming public Meetings

  • Waterfront Plan Update: Budget & Financial Process 
    Wednesday, March 9, 2016 6:008:00 pm
  • Waterfront Plan Update: Resiliency and Sea Level Rise 
    Wednesday, March 23, 2016 6:008:00 pm


Justin Semion, MBA, PWS, Principal Aquatic Biologist

Justin Semion, MBA, PWS, Principal Aquatic Biologist

Mr. Semion received his undergraduate training in Resource Ecology and Management followed by his graduate work at the Presidio Graduate School, completing a MBA in Sustainable Management in 2014. During his tenure with WRA since 2001, he has managed hundreds of diverse projects involving the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), permitting, restoration and habitat management, habitat mitigation planning and monitoring, and essential fish habitat evaluation.

Mr. Semion’s portfolio of waterfront projects includes: Pier 70 in the Dogpatch; Warriors Stadium in Mission Bay; Bair Island Restoration in San Mateo County; Waldo Point Harbor in Marin County; and a variety of successful implementations of eelgrass mitigation in Richardson Bay.

About WRA

WRA has a long history in providing a wide range of environmental planning and restoration design services for projects along the San Francisco waterfront. Together, these projects include habitat restoration and public access as well as redevelopment efforts that strike a balance between San Francisco’s growing economic vitality with public access to natural environments. Notable projects include Yosemite Slough Restoration near Candlestick Park; The Exploratorium Relocation at Piers 15 & 17; Golden State Warriors Arena in Mission Bay; and redevelopment sites including Treasure Island, Pier 70 in the Dogpatch neighborhood, and India Basin.