Historic Legislative Session Has Big Implications in Washington State
The Washington State Legislature passed a two-year $59 billion budget and several major pieces of legislation that included many environmental permitting and regulatory provisions this last spring, and there are two that may impact your project: salmon recovery permitting and the Flood Control Assistance Account Program (FCAAP).
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September 28, 2021

Dutch Slough: Charting a Path for the Future of Delta Restoration Located on the Delta’s western edge in Contra Costa County, just east of Oakley, the Dutch Slough Marsh Restoration is more than a typical wetlands restoration project—it’s a first-of-its-kind experiment that is on track to shape and inform the future of estuarine restoration projects throughout the Delta. Read More »
September 27, 2021

From Intern to Full Time Employee: Meet Michael Gatheru Meet Michael Gatheru—who just received his undergraduate degree from UCLA in Environmental Science. Michael joined ESA as an intern during the Spring 2021 session, and was recently hired on as a full-time employee in our Water group. Read More »
August 30, 2021

Approach to Resilience Planning A resilience management plan (RMP) helps an organization focus on adopting a highly collaborative, whole-system management approach to put strategies, plans, and processes in place that ensure an airport is able to safely and efficiently maintain the continuity of operations. ESA’s Neal Wolfe offers his approach for how to go about creating one for your airport. Read More »
August 26, 2021

Designed and Delivered: Calistoga Elementary Biotechnical Streambank Stabilization Our design team has restored many projects, but the dramatic transformation of the Calistoga Elementary Biotechnical Streambank Stabilization is impressive. See how this restoration is performing four years after construction, complete with a beaver dam and native plant revegetation. Read More »
August 16, 2021

A Template for Airport Resilience A resilience management plan (RMP) provides a systematic, proactive management approach to enhancing an organization’s ability to respond to shock events and address chronic stressors that ensures the integrity of critical physical and human systems, which connect infrastructure and operations. Learn more about RMPs and download our complete Resilience at Airports article for your reference. Read More »
August 6, 2021

Defining Airport Resilience Resilience is the ability to resist, absorb, and recover from or successfully adapt to adversity or a change in conditions, while still retaining the same controls on function and structure. Read how this applies to today’s airports. Read More »
August 3, 2021

Volunteering for the Health of Tampa Bay In early April, emergency crews began draining millions of gallons of high-nutrient wastewater from the Piney Point diked storage reservoir in Manatee County, Florida. ESA joined others in the area to volunteer time to monitor the conditions in Tampa Bay. Read More »
July 26, 2021

Designed and Delivered: West Weaver Creek Each month, fluvial geomorphologist Jason White will check in on one of the many restoration projects that ESA has designed and delivered. We are kicking this series off with a visit to a successful project in Trinity County, California: West Weaver Creek. See how this restoration is performing four years after construction. Read More »
June 16, 2021

California Airports Team Celebrates Recent Win at Lake Tahoe Airport ESA’s Airports group was recently awarded a five-year environmental on-call contract at Lake Tahoe Airport in South Lake Tahoe, California. Read More »
May 28, 2021

Maximize Engagement with a Hybrid Approach to Facilitating Public Meetings Engaging with and educating stakeholders through public meetings is a critical step in a project’s approval process. Many have wondered if the same outcomes could be achieved in a virtual format. Learn how ESA’s public engagement experts pivoted quickly and immersed themselves in making sure virtual public meetings would be a smooth and effective process. Read More »
May 24, 2021

How the Latest Executive Orders and NEPA Regulations Affect Your Projects We have been keeping an eye on the new Administration’s executive orders to understand the changes to all of our clients’ ongoing and future projects. See what the recent changes may mean to your projects. Read More »
April 22, 2021

Happy Earth Day to Our Favorite Planet ESA celebrates Earth Day every day at all levels—through the work we do, how we operate, and how each of us appreciates the beauty of our world. Read More »
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April 20, 2021

San Gabriel River Watershed Project Featured by Urban Water Institute Read a recent article co-authored by ESA’s Tom Barnes in a recent issue of UWI’s newsletter. Read More »
April 20, 2021

Celebrating 20 Years After Crissy Field’s Habitat Restoration The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is celebrating the 20-year anniversary of the transformative and multifaceted Crissy Field restoration, an incredible public and habitat resource. Read More »
March 26, 2021

Fish Passage Projects Offer Instant Relief for Fish in the PNW While the results of a fish passage project can be immediate, getting to the final stages of that solution can often be the biggest barrier. ESA is uniquely positioned to help overcome the technical, social, economic, and regulatory barriers that can complicate fish passage projects. We do this by bringing in the right experts who understand the stakeholders’ interests and have a problem-solving approach that leads to relatively swift action. Read More »
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March 24, 2021

The Results Are In: What You Need to Know About FAA’s Neighborhood Environmental Survey ESA’s Airports group has reviewed the FAA’s recently released Neighborhood Environmental Survey and here is a brief synopsis of the findings, the history of noise policies, and next steps. Read More »
March 17, 2021

Federal Grants that Lower Emissions at Airports About to Take Off in 2021 Given the national momentum toward reducing emissions, combined with shrinking capital budgets due to COVID-19, now is a perfect time for airport sponsors to start planning for how they can incorporate low-emission improvement projects into their day-to-day operations at minimal cost. Learn more about available grant funding here. Read More »
February 22, 2021

A Citizen’s Guide to NEPA: Having Your Voice Heard The Center on Environmental Quality recently updated the “Citizen’s Guide to NEPA.” Find the link to the document itself, an overview of its contents, and what ESA does to help in public engagement in this story. Read More »
January 25, 2021

Working Clean: A Guide to Curbing the Introduction of Invasive Species Whether you are a field biologist or a casual weekend explorer, it’s important to learn our role in the spread of invasive species. Learn about how a small effort can go a long way in protecting the biodiversity of our natural habitats. Read More »
January 19, 2021

Interning at ESA: An Interview with Deja Newton University of San Francisco Environmental Management undergraduate and recent Northern California intern, Deja Newton, tells us about her experience at ESA and what she learned and benefited from while she was here. Read More »
January 6, 2021

Webinar Replay: Reimagine San Geronimo Learn more about the restoration efforts underway at San Geronimo and ESA’s involvement by watching the full webinar replay from The Trust for Public Land. Read More »
December 22, 2020

President’s Letter This year in particular, I am comforted by the natural cycles and rhythms that remain steady and grounding—the daily sunrise, the lengthening of days after the Winter Solstice, our instinct to help one another. I have also found reasons to be grateful that this year was anything but “business as usual”—patterns have been disrupted, mobility restricted, and busyness throttled. While destabilizing, this has been a time of paring down and waking up. Read More »
December 20, 2020

More Than Meets the Eye (or Nose): A Q&A with Air Quality Specialist Heidi Rous We caught up with our very own air quality, climate change adaptation, and health risk assessment expert, Heidi Rous, CPP, to find out the answers to some commonly asked questions about the sight and smell of smoke and how this situation relates to our health. Read More »
December 14, 2020

A Holistic Approach to Healthier Rivers See how our restoration team is starting to think of waterways as patients, and how a holistic approach to their long-term health will be infinitely more beneficial than the “band-aid” approach. Read More »
November 20, 2020

The State of Recycled Water in California As demands increase and water sources are constricted by climate change and increasing environmental awareness, water supply planners in the state continue to manage the co-equal goals of water supply reliability and environmental protection. Find out how recycled water plays into this equation. Read More »
August 28, 2020

President’s Letter In the face of uncertainty and change, we look for ways to remain resilient—for each of our employee-owners at the firm, and especially, for our clients. Read More »
August 26, 2020

Gauges and Boilers: Georgetown Steam Plant Artifact Inventory “When I got the call from Seattle City Light (City Light) about the Georgetown Steam Plant project, I knew it would be the project of a lifetime. It would put my 16 years of experience cataloging museum objects, inventorying cramped basements, and handling irreplaceable objects to the ultimate test at one of Seattle’s oldest and most iconic buildings.” Read More »
August 14, 2020

We Made the List!
ENR Ranks ESA in Top 30 All-Environmental Firms
According to the July 2020 release from Engineering News Record, ESA ranks as number 21 of the Top 30 All-Environmental Firms. Read More »
August 7, 2020

How California Plans to Address Its Housing Crisis As the State of California works to address a multitude of challenges facing the economy and its residents’ quality of life, there is broad agreement that the state’s astonishing cost of living and accelerating homeless problem is exacerbated by a shortage of housing, specifically housing attainable to residents at lower income levels. The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has been developing policies in response to California’s current housing challenges. ESA is on the forefront of these efforts. Read More »
July 6, 2020

More People, Limited Resources: How Florida Is Proactively Managing Public Drinking Water Supply In addition to traffic congestion and the need for improved roadways, population growth in Florida has driven increased demand for drinking water. Learn how ESA is balancing the availability of freshwater supplies with the needs of people and the natural environment. Read More »
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