All posts by Nicole Flewellen

How to Secure Funding for Projects through California’s Climate Adaptation Planning Grant Program

California state law requires jurisdictions to integrate considerations for climate change and associated risk into General Plans, Climate Adaptation Plans, and Local Coastal Programs. The law also incentivizes the integration of adaptation in Local and Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plans. Collectively, these plans guide the development of long-term community vision, infrastructure investments, community health and safety,

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Best Practices You Need to Know for Effective CEQA Public Noticing

Noticing is sometimes seen as the easy part of CEQA, but the CEQA public noticing process is an alphabet soup of categories and acronyms that isn’t clearly laid out in a single resource. In addition, it’s helpful to be familiar with case law that provides guidance on legally defensible notification, as well as with other

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How Studying Paleolakes Can Help Us Understand Climate and Cultural Change

The arid lands of western North America contain many dry lake beds that typically hold water for only a few weeks or months of the year. However, at various times in the past, when precipitation was more abundant and evaporation was less severe, these areas (paleolakes) were inundated to create large and relatively stable inland

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Why you Absolutely Need a Land Surveyor to Avoid Risk to your Development Project

What is a land surveyor and what do they do? A professional land surveyor is an accredited professional who conducts land surveys to measure and define real property and its boundaries to facilitate construction, engineering, land evaluation, and the sale of real estate. Using a transit instrument to measure distances between points on the earth’s

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How a New Toolkit can Help Cities Determine Where to Build More Housing

The California Department of Housing and Community Development has determined that cities in Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura Counties need to increase their housing supply by 1,344,740 by October 2029. For jurisdictions in these counties, which make up the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) region, this housing shortage and determination

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5 Helpful Steps to Negotiate the Best Permit Conditions for Every Project

Construction delays, tied-up bonding capacity, and extraneous years of site mitigation, monitoring, and maintenance are just a few of the consequences of poorly considered and negotiated permit conditions. Conversely, a thorough, thoughtful permitting strategy can save you time and money. Dudek Habitat Restoration Practice Director Mike Sweesy offers five tips on how to tailor a

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Bumble Bees May Soon Be Eligible for Listing under the California Endangered Species Act

What is the current listing status for California bumble bees? On May 31, 2022, the Third Appellate Court District in California ruled that “…a terrestrial invertebrate, like each of the four bumble bee species, may be listed as an endangered or threatened species under the [California Endangered Species Act],” under the definition of ‘fish.’ This

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Telling Stories with Data: 3 Steps to Help You Craft Eye-Catching Data Visualizations

We are constantly inundated with data that demands our attention and comprehension. From avoiding traffic jams to tracking COVID case counts, data has undoubtedly improved our personal lives in many ways. But valuable data is not inherently useful data. For data to be useful, it must be comprehensible and then actionable. Technical visual storytelling (often

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How to Secure Federal Funds for your Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade

The average wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) in the U.S. is 40 to 50 years old and many of these aging facilities need upgrades. Federal funding programs are an option to complete a planned wastewater treatment plant upgrade. However, access to those funds comes with a caveat. To ensure climate resiliency and protect against flooding, the

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How Dudek is Helping Improve Water Equity in Tribal and Underrepresented Communities through Outreach and Engagement

California has more federally recognized tribes than any other state—109 to be exact. Within the State of California, Tribes, Tribal Communities, and Underrepresented Communities face multiple challenges regarding water equity and access to clean, affordable, and sustainable groundwater and water resources, such as groundwater overdraft and groundwater basin contamination. The Public Policy Institute of California

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