Environmental Documentation and Permitting

Getting public infrastructure and private development projects built is a challenge when contending with stringent regulatory requirements, a concerned citizenry, and multiple political jurisdictions. We help you navigate this process quickly and without compromises.

Our multidisciplinary experts have prepared more than 3,200 legally defensible CEQA/NEPA documents, so we understand the complexities unique to various environments and can maintain project momentum from inception to completion.

Documents Done Right the First Time

We conduct technically sound assessments and manage environmental review processes in a streamlined, compliant, and straightforward manner. Our environmental experts work collaboratively with you; local, regional, state, and federal agencies; and the public to clearly define project objectives, address concerns, and outline appropriate processes.

Our technical staff work with in-house publications editors and graphic designers to prepare high quality documents that are clearly organized and easily interpreted by the public, agencies, and individuals responsible for future project development.

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Understanding Agency Interplay

We actively follow and analyze how environmental law and regulatory changes are interpreted and applied. We understand the interplay between agency permits and how permitting timeframes may affect the project schedule. Our well-established relationships with regulatory agencies enable us to understand their expectations. We couple our regulatory expertise with extensive project experience to anticipate issues and find solutions.

We are one of the few firms who specialize in programmatic and master permitting–obtaining programmatic approvals from all resource agencies to conduct ongoing maintenance, capital improvements, or phased development saves significant time and money when obtaining environmental approvals and performing mitigation.

Our Leaders

Carey Fernandes
Senior CEQA Project Manager
“Issues don’t only pop up during business hours. Clients need us when they need us, so I create a trusting relationship whereby they know that I am available 24/7/365, and that they are valued and taken care of.

By providing timely and responsive communication, and committing to problem resolution, we’ll work together to find solutions to complex needs or everyday project-related questions.”

Jonathan Leech
Senior Technical Project Manager
“We’re challenged with writing technical reports in a way that allows the client and public to easily consume the analysis and conclusions.

I strive to be a translator and interpreter, relaying information in a non-technical fashion–answering questions, not raising them.”

Laurie Monarres
Senior Permitting Project Manager
“Using my experience as a former regulator, I guide my clients through the maze of environmental permitting, taking steps to fully understand agency communication and provide the agencies with clear information to support their permitting decisions and convey the importance of my clients’ projects.

I think of the regulatory agencies as a partner, including them as part of the team as we collectively work to get successful permit attainment.”

What We Do

Our multidisciplinary in-house specialties allow us to provide efficiencies that maintain project momentum.



  • Aquaculture
  • Wetlands
  • Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act
  • California Coastal Act
  • California Fish and Game Code Section 1602 Lake and Streambed Alterations
  • Clean Air Act
  • Clean Water Act 404 and 401
  • California Endangered Species Act
  • Federal Endangered Species Act
  • National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
  • National Historic Preservation Act
  • Rivers and Harbors Act
  • Special Use Permits

Project Support

  • Ventura Shellfish Enterprise Program

    Case Study

    Ventura Shellfish Enterprise is developing a program to bring sustainably cultivated shellfish operations to Ventura Harbor in order to enhance and sustain the Harbor as a major west coast fishing port and support the local economy.

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  • Carlsbad Seawater Desalination Plant

    Case Study

    The largest seawater desalination facility in the United States produces up to 50 million gallons daily of potable water, supplying 10% of San Diego County’s water.

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  • Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan

    Case Study

    Four agencies undertook a collaborative planning effort to facilitate renewable energy development across California deserts while conserving natural resources and uses.

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