Tag Archives: California

10 Years Later: The Successes, Shortfalls, and Next Steps for SGMA

In 2014, in the middle of one of the worst droughts in recorded history, the California legislature passed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) to safeguard the long-term sustainability of the state’s groundwater supply. Under SGMA, local groundwater sustainability agencies (GSAs) are tasked with developing groundwater sustainability plans (GSPs), which identify the sustainable management criteria

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How to Secure and Expedite Western Joshua Tree Incidental Take Permits

The western Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia) is a species of ecological and cultural importance that occurs across large swathes of California’s desert. In early 2023, the California Fish and Game Commission considered listing the western Joshua tree as a threatened species but has not yet made a decision about whether it will do so.  However,

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Augustin Bernal Mountain Bike Trail Design

The City of Pleasanton wanted to create an engaging experience within Augustin Bernal Park that would encourage mountain bikers to use the designated trail and reduce the desire to build unauthorized trails and trail features. Dudek redesigned the trail to widen, stabilize, and improve existing sections while minimizing impacts to protected species on the project

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SANDAG Holistic Implementation of Adaptation and Transportation Resilience Strategies

Dudek worked with SANDAG to create a methodology that local jurisdiction planners and project managers can use to identify what climate adaptations and environmental justice strategies should be implemented and why. This methodology provides a deliberate process for understanding local vulnerabilities and values, as well as evaluating adaptation strategies based on equity, economic, environmental, and

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City of Gonzales Industrial Wastewater Treatment Facility and Conveyance System

Nestled in “America’s Salad Bowl,” the City of Gonzales grappled with wastewater compliance challenges related to commercial and industrial land uses. To address this and accommodate industrial expansion, Dudek partnered with major local food processors and the City, providing engineering evaluation and design for an enhanced wastewater collection and treatment system.

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City of Oxnard Urban Forestry and Tree Program Review

The City of Oxnard’s Tree Program Review provides a road map for the City to plan for the future of its trees. Dudek used a comprehensive approach to address issues associated with deferred maintenance, declining tree health, species diversity, out-of-date City tree policies, and infrastructure conflicts to develop the Tree Program Review.

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Historic Context Statement for the Los Angeles County Metro Area Plan

The Los Angeles County Metro Area Plan (LAMAP) is a comprehensive planning effort for seven community planning areas within the urbanized core of the County of Los Angeles (County). Dudek helped the County prepare the plan, including a Historic Context Statement to inform and enhance the larger MAP project as it relates to historic resources.

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How Three Bat Species Listings May Impact your Wind Energy Project

The operation of wind energy facilities can potentially harm bats, but the true extent of this danger is not fully understood. In some US regions, a significant challenge to developing wind energy is finding ways to lower the number of bats that collide with wind turbines while maintaining high power production levels. When developing or

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