When a bulldozer operator working on the Sacramento light rail expansion spotted two burrowing owls fly out of a burrow on the project site, the value of environmental awareness training for construction crews became clear. The operator immediately started the protocol he learned in training, and the burrowing owls, a California species of concern, were
When archeologists discover a new cultural resources artifact at a construction site, the discovery often doesn’t cause a problem. “Problems usually crop up post-discovery as a result of slow or incomplete communication to stakeholders about the discovery,” said Micah Hale, RPA, who leads Dudek’s cultural resources practice. (Watch video) “There are stringent cultural resource laws
We are in the midst of the California rainy season, and construction project sites must be compliant with the Construction General Permit (CGP) and Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) regulations to avoid project delays and violations. “The most effective SWPPP designs combine environmental knowledge to ensure regulatory compliance while minimizing SWPPP implementation and maintenance
Missing the February deadline to clear vegetation at pre-construction sites prior to bird nesting season doesn’t need to put the project on hold until September 15 when nesting season ends. To avoid potential construction delays, vegetation should be cleared at pre-construction sites prior to the breeding season because destroying a bird nest or causing nesting
Permit processing time for Meteorological Testing (MET) facilities can be streamlined when engineering parameters and environmental permitting considerations are managed concurrently and collaboratively. When pursuing MET facility construction on private land in California, permit issuance to construct by the lead agency is subject to CEQA requirements. A categorical exemption is often used by a lead
As a large, high-profile construction project, the Sacramento Regional Transit District’s (RT) $270-million Blue Line extension includes the challenge of melding environmental compliance and construction schedules to keep the project moving forward. First-stage construction includes an aerial structure spanning two creeks supporting habitat for the federally and state-listed threatened giant garter snake, the state-listed threatened
San Marcos Unified School District officials saw opportunity – rather than potential regulatory headaches – when they learned a new elementary school site harbored federally-protected wetlands habitat and endangered thread-leaved brodiaea. The district developed ambitious plans to preserve the wetlands and to translocate the plants to a 7.6-acre preserve surrounding the school on two sides.
Santa Margarita Water District’s new 244-million-gallon Upper Chiquita Reservoir is the largest domestic water reservoir built in south Orange County since the 1970s. Built on 27-acres of canyon slope, the reservoir is located in the South Orange County Sub-region Natural Community Conservation Plan/Master Streambed Alteration Agreement/Habitat Conservation Plan (NCCP/MSAA/HCP) and San Juan Creek and Western