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AB 73 Effects on the CEQA Process for Housing Projects

California passed 15 bills designed to address the state’s housing problems, including solutions to streamline housing approvals, enact inclusionary housing requirements for residential rental projects, and generate funds for affordable housing projects. Three bills–-SB 35, SB 540, and AB 73–-have the greatest effect on the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process for housing projects. This

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Dudek Expands Hawai‘i-Based Team of UAS Experts

We’re growing our Hawai‘i office with the hire of mapping and surveying expert Craig Clouet. Mr. Clouet has more than 20 years’ experience in the mapping and surveying industry in Hawai‘i and is respected as an industry leader, having created geographic information system (GIS) programs for numerous companies and government agencies in the state. He

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New Bills Provide $1 Billion in Funding for Wildfire Hazard Reduction Activities

Record-high temperatures and rainfall levels approaching the record low in California have fueled devastating fire seasons that begin earlier and earlier each year. In an effort to prevent increasingly catastrophic wildfires, California Governor Jerry Brown signed several bills in September that prioritize land management activities focused on forest health, fuel management, and fire prevention. Senate

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SB 540 Effects on the CEQA Process for Housing Projects

In 2017, California passed 15 bills designed to address the state’s housing problems, including solutions to streamline housing approvals, enact inclusionary housing requirements for residential rental projects, and generate funds for affordable housing projects. Three bills–SB 35, SB 540, and AB 73–have the greatest effect on the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process for housing

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Pure Water San Diego EIR/EIS Approved

The City of San Diego has certified the Pure Water San Diego Environmental Impact Report and Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS), clearing the way for design and construction of the North City Pure Water Plant. The proposed Pure Water Program is one of the most ambitious water recycling programs in the nation, which aims to treat

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How to Effectively Assess Bridge Shading Impacts

The effect of shade cast by new bridge construction is often considered a permanent impact, when it could be permitted as temporary. This discrepancy increases mitigation costs and unduly burdens county Public Works department budgets. Effective site assessment to determine expectation of in-situ recovery and persistence of self-sustaining habitat can justify temporary impacts, saving your

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Groundwater Modeling 101 with Lindsay Swain

Lindsay Swain, a Senior Hydrogeologist in Dudek’s Auburn office, presented on groundwater modeling to a standing-room-only crowd at the fall Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) conference. The conference is a twice-yearly event for professionals in the water industry to learn about statewide water district regulations and discuss topics such as groundwater management, water rates,

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