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July 22, 2021

Jill Sunahara Named Director of Biological Resources and Land Management Group in Northern California

Jill Sunahara’s more than 20-year career has focused on environmental compliance, regulatory permitting, and project management for a wide variety of natural resource projects across the West Coast. We are happy to announce that she is now ESA’s new Biological Resources and Land Management Business Group Director in our Northern California region.

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July 9, 2021

ESA Welcomes
Tamseel Mir as Southern California Community Development Director

Join us in welcoming Tamseel Mir as Community Development Business Group Director for ESA’s Southern California region. With more than 20 years of experience leading the environmental review process for large-scale planning and development projects across an array of industries, Tamseel takes the helm of the region’s largest group.

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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.

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June 2, 2021

Katie Carroz, AICP, Joins Community Development Team in Seattle

ESA’s Community Development team in the Pacific Northwest continues to grow with the addition of Katie Carroz, AICP, who has joined the team as Senior Environmental Planner in Seattle, Wash.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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April 14, 2021

ESA’s Barbra Calantas Founds Environmental Professional Diversity Collective

Since Barbra launched EPDC in the fall of 2020, the group has provided programs and events to educate local youth from underserved communities on career opportunities within the environmental industry, with the goal of developing a more diverse pipeline of job candidates. Learn more about EPDC and its most recent Job Shadow event that ESA co-hosted.

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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.

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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.

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March 24, 2021

Melissa Gross Promoted to Director of Firmwide Business Services

Melissa Gross has taken the helm of the firm’s coast-to-coast business services team. This critical position creates consistent, efficient, and effective upgrades to ESA’s business operations, workflows, and systems.

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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.

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March 16, 2021

ESA Welcomes
Jean-Christophe Dick as Senior Airports Planner

Based in Southern Calif., Jean-Christophe brings more than 15 years of experience as a multi-disciplinary airport consultant and will work with ESA’s aviation professionals throughout the West Coast and across the country to deliver integrated planning and environmental solutions for clients.

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March 4, 2021

Multidisciplinary Professionals Earn New Licenses and Registrations at ESA

At the start of the year, three of our employee-owners announced new licenses and registrations, each of them involving professional practice, focused study, and rigorous testing. Please join us in congratulating them on their achievements!

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February 24, 2021

Melissa Logue Joins
ESA as Northern California Transportation Director

With nearly two decades of experience in delivering public transportation and related infrastructure projects throughout California, Melissa will be based in ESA’s Sacramento office and will be responsible for overseeing transportation projects throughout Northern California as well as working collaboratively with transportation professionals throughout the company.

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February 9, 2021

Connect with ESA at the 2021 Virtual CalDesal Conference

ESA is excited to attend, and are proud sponsors of the 2021 Virtual CalDesal Conference happening February 10-11. Meet our team of specialists and learn more about our desalination and water resources work.

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February 5, 2021

Easton Earns Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution Certification

As a strategic planner and meeting facilitator, Spencer regularly leads projects with complex stakeholder engagement needs. He chose to pursue the Certificate in ECCR to build his skills and understanding of facilitation and collaboration.

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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.

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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.

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January 6, 2021

Tim Sturtz, PhD, Joins ESA as Principal Air Quality Specialist

Tim Sturtz, PhD, one of the Northwest region’s top air quality experts, has joined ESA. Tim will be providing expertise in air quality assessment and management, including greenhouse gas analyses and odor assessments.

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December 21, 2020

Reducing Risks in Airports During a Pandemic

As the world continues to navigate the impacts of COVID-19, ESA is committed to helping the aviation industry establish health and safety protocols for its employees and passengers. Read a brief synopsis of the briefing and find the full PDF in this story.

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November 20, 2020

SCAG Climate Adaptation Guidebook Released

The full SCAG guidebook has been released, providing steps cities and counties can take to better prepare their communities for climate change impacts.

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November 17, 2020

ESA’s 2020 Scholarship Program Recipients

We are honored to present three students – Jessica Brown, Sierra Red Bow and Victor Lopez – with the inaugural ESA Scholarship Program grants, established at the end of last year to commemorate our 50th anniversary.

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November 13, 2020

Restored and Resilient: Bay Point Regional Shoreline Opens

In a year where outdoor recreation has been the key to good health, the East Bay Regional Park District has announced that the long-awaited Bay Point Regional Shoreline will open to the public in November.

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November 11, 2020

ESA’s Sacramento Office Ranked 2020 Best Places to Work

ESA’s Sacramento office was ranked as one of the “2020 Best Places to Work” in the medium-sized company category by the Sacramento Business Journal.

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September 29, 2020

Senate Bill 288: What It Means for the Transportation Market

Are you aware of the newest legislation impacting California transportation projects? Read our summary and download our fact sheet by clicking here.

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September 25, 2020

ESA Welcomes Ruta K. Thomas as Southern California Regional Director

ESA announces the arrival of our new Southern California Regional Director: Ruta K. Thomas.

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September 11, 2020

Chase Center Achieves LEED Gold Certification and Receives Award

Just a year after its opening, San Francisco’s Chase Center, home to the NBA Golden State Warriors, has some good news to share: it has achieved the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification for Building Design and Construction: New Construction.

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September 4, 2020

Join ESA at the 2020 APA California Virtual Conference

We are excited to be at the APA California Virtual Conference September 14-16. This year’s conference is centered around the theme of “State of Change.” Read more to see how to connect with us!

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August 27, 2020

Michael Newland Receives SCA’s 2020 Presidential Award

In recognition of his participation and co-leadership of the extensive volunteer efforts to reunite families with the cremains of their loved ones after the devastating California fire seasons starting in 2017, Michael Newland has been awarded the 2020 President’s Award by the Society for California Archaeology (SCA).

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August 26, 2020

ESA Welcomes Jon Ambrose as Principal Associate in Seattle

Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading community planning and environmental consulting firm, welcomes Jon Ambrose to its Northwest team as Principal Associate in the firm’s Environmental Hydrology and Design team.

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August 26, 2020

Join ESA at the Restore America’s Estuaries 2020 Summit

Join a few of ESA’s habitat restoration experts―Doug Robison, PWS, Tom Ries, and John Bourgeois―as they present or serve as panelists at the annual RAE Summit.

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August 26, 2020

ESA Airports Specialists Host Online Course at UC Davis

Join ESA’s Steve Alverson, Senior Vice President, and Chris Jones, Principal Associate, at their online course through the University of California at Davis that focuses on airport land use compatibility and how it affects local land use planning.

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August 20, 2020

ESA Promotes Chris Lockwood to Cultural Resources Business Group Director

A key member of the ESA Cultural Resources team since joining in 2012, Chris Lockwood, PhD, RPA, has been promoted to the role of Business Group Director for the Northwest Region.

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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.

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April 30, 2020

World Landscape Architecture Month

ESA’s landscape architecture team has been combining design, planning, and natural resources—rooted in science—to create, enrich, and build the places we love to be. We want to take this moment to celebrate some of our talented team members and their award-winning projects.

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April 5, 2020

What You Otter Know About Spatial Epidemiology

A pertinent topic for another group of mammals.

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April 1, 2020

Two ESA California Restoration Projects Featured in Estuary News

Two prominent ESA projects are featured in articles in the latest issue of Estuary News, a 25-year-old regional magazine of the San Francisco Estuary Partnership and its partners. We hope you have a chance to read the stories in full―some good news in the realm of restoration projects.

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February 27, 2020

Leslie Moulton-Post Joins Water Education Foundation’s Board

Moulton-Post joins the Foundation’s board alongside four other new members: former Natural Resources Secretary Mike Chrisman, Association of CA Water Agencies’ Executive Director Dave Eggerton, Kronick’s Eric Robinson, the Water and Power Group’s John Bezdek, and GEI Consultants’ Erica Bishop.

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Engineers Week
February 21, 2020

Engineers Week

During National Engineers Week—which was founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951 to ensure a diverse and well-educated future for the engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers—we want to recognize each of the nearly 50 engineers at ESA who have made a positive impact on the world around us.

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February 13, 2020

ESA Biologist Erika Walther Receives Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse Permits

One of the smallest, and arguably cutest, San Francisco Bay endemic species is the salt marsh harvest mouse (Reithrodontomys raviventris). These mice are listed as a federal- and state-endangered species due to habitat loss, but ESA’s biologists are hard at work to restore and preserve these areas. Enter Erika Walther.

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January 30, 2020

Hydro-Carving Approach a Success at Balm-Boyette Stallion Creek Restoration

This restoration project seemed fairly straightforward at first blush: grade the pits, plant native species, and restore the freshwater wetland and upland communities back to the way they were before the area was mined. Then Tom reviewed a historic aerial of the site. “There was a creek there that was breached by the mining activities, which resulted in the creek being cut off from the natural flow patterns in the region,” Tom Ries explains. “As soon as I saw that, I thought, ‘well, we have to restore that creek.’”

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January 29, 2020

Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR)

On January 23, 2020 the EPA and Department of the Army finalized the “Navigable Waters Protection Rule” (NWPR) to define “waters of the United States” (WOTUS). The new rule finalizes a two-step process to replace the 2015 Clean Water Rule, which also re-defined WOTUS. ESA’s team of environmental permitting specialists are reviewing the NWPR to understand how it may affect our clients and their projects, including the potential jurisdictional status of various aquatic features.

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December 17, 2019

Press Release: Environmental Science Associates Opens San Jose Office

“For all of us, opening a new office during our 50th anniversary year is especially exciting—it’s a celebration of the firm’s important relationships with our South Bay clients, a continuation of our long-standing tradition of supporting the development of healthy, livable communities, and, of course, it supports our mission of providing value for our employee-owners,” said ESA President and CEO Leslie Moulton-Post.

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December 4, 2019

ESA Connects:
Integrated Water Resource Management

The latest issue of ESA Connects is out, and it is overflowing with water news: an overview of the California Water Plan Update 2018 and Sustainable Water Management, a look at the City of Ventura’s new VenturaWaterPure project, the latest outcomes of Washington State’s Hirst Decision, and much more.

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November 4, 2019

Inside Look: ESA’s Fisheries Team

Matthew Silva is a part of our Northern California Fisheries team consisting of 20 fisheries biologists. He oversees the implementation of large-scale fisheries research efforts as a field lead and project manager. We interviewed Matt to get an inside look on our fisheries team; here’s what we found out.

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October 8, 2019

ESA Welcomes Mary Laux as Principal Planner in Northern California

We are glad to welcome Mary Laux back to our Northern California team. Laux began her consulting career at ESA in 2001 with the airports group, and has spent the last 16 years with AECOM as an Associate Principal/Planner managing large, multidisciplinary projects.

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October 8, 2019

Acoustic and Air Quality Specialist Dr. Tony Chung Joins Southern California Team

Having completed thousands of noise and air quality studies, and as a certified member of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering since 1991, Dr. Chung is recognized as one of the premier noise experts in the nation. He has also been involved in more than 100 greenhouse gas and climate change impact analyses.

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September 25, 2019

California Supreme Court Rejects Challenges to EIR for Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project

The California Supreme Court, in a late-August decision, denied challenges to the sufficiency of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) prepared for California American Water Company’s (CalAm) long-awaited desalination plant, the Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project (MPWSP).

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September 24, 2019

Research Shows Nutrient Diet Improves Water Quality, Fishery Habitat

Across the globe, coastal zone management efforts have concluded that restoring fish populations often requires acting on land-based human activities. With a few notable exceptions, most commercially and recreationally important species of fish, crabs, and shrimp spend at least a portion of their lives in estuarine locations, where waters from the open ocean mix with runoff from land.

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September 5, 2019

ESA Adds Beverly Choi as Northern California Community Planning Program Manager

Recognized as one of the California Top 20 Under 40 Professionals by Engineering News Record in 2016, Choi most recently worked for AECOM where she held a variety of leadership roles—from Studio Leader to Senior Project Manager—and worked on a number of high-profile local and international, multi-disciplinary projects.

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September 4, 2019

Finding Common Ground to Advance Restoration in California’s Delta and Beyond

An interview with Bill Harrell, California Department of Water Resources (DWR), and Erika Lovejoy, Sustainable Conservation, on accelerating restoration projects in California.

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September 4, 2019

ESA Connects:
Accelerating Restoration

The latest issue of ESA Connects is out, and it is packed with restoration stories from coast-to-coast, including an exclusive interview with Bill Harrell, California Department of Water Resources (DWR), and Erika Lovejoy, Sustainable Conservation, on accelerating restoration projects in California.

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August 16, 2019

ESA’s Autumn Ward Joins Tony Jannus Distinguished Aviation Society Board of Directors

Senior Airport Planner, Autumn Ward, based out of ESA’s Tampa office was inducted to the Board of Directors for the Tony Jannus Distinguished Aviation Society (TJDAS).

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May 24, 2019

Are American Shopping Malls Really Dying?

Since 2013, e-commerce retail sales have been creeping up from 7 percent to 10 percent in the United States, and that number is expected to reach almost 14 percent by 2021.
While not a staggering statistic (considering the amount of business and personal shopping most of us do online on a daily basis), it has had a direct effect on the brick-and-mortar counterparts—especially those large retailers that anchor shopping malls.

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April 4, 2019

ESA Welcomes Linda Peters as Principal Associate in Northern California Region

Recognized as one of the Most Influential Women in Business in 2018 by the San Francisco Business Times, Peters most recently worked for AECOM where she directed its San Francisco Bay Area Cities Program and held a key role on its Pacific Region Growth Team.

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February 7, 2019

Environmental Science Associates Welcomes Spencer Mains as Director of Information Technology

Based in San Francisco, Mains brings more than two decades of experience directing information technology and knowledge management for major consulting, branding, and merchandise firms, including 16 years with Landor, a global branding firm.

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January 31, 2019

Port of Oakland Seaport Air Quality Planning: Aligning with State and Community Goals

An interview with Richard Sinkoff, Director of Environmental Programs and Planning, Port of Oakland, on the value of working with stakeholders to achieve a healthier environment.

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October 24, 2018

ESA Adds Paul Schlenger to Biological Resources and Land Management Group in Seattle

“He is truly a thought leader on key issues affecting our region including climate reliance, restoration, salmon recovery, and strategic planning; and bolsters our ability to tackle challenging environmental problems in a strategic, scientific, and collaborative way.”

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October 1, 2018

ESA Welcomes Eric Haase as Chief Operating Officer

Based in San Francisco, Haase brings more than two decades of operational experience across a diverse range of business lines for the building, engineering, and environmental industries.

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September 27, 2018

ESA Strengthens Southeast Region with the Addition of New Biological Resources Director Douglas Skurski

“Joining ESA gives me an incredible opportunity to expand my professional development as a multifaceted biologist, collaborating with some of the best scientific consultants in our industry, while contributing to strategic planning and growth of the Southeast region.”

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September 10, 2018

ESA Is Taking Action: Global Climate Action Summit

For decades, we have been watching the devastating effects that climate change has had on our environment. This global epidemic has moved from the outer reaches of our attention to endangering our homes and daily lives. Whether the threat is drought, fire, rising sea levels, agriculture loss, or storm intensity, the time for action is now.

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August 21, 2018

ESA Bolsters Compliance Team with Patrick Tennant and Jon Waggoner

Tennant is based in the firm’s Irvine office and Waggoner is located in Sacramento, each bringing extensive experience in managing large-scale compliance programs for high-profile infrastructure projects.

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July 2, 2018

Hillary Gitelman Joins ESA as Bay Area Community Development Director of Environmental Planning

“Hillary has a proven track record of managing planning and environmental review processes for highly visible and complex projects in communities across the Bay Area. She is a well-known advocate for sustainable development, and we are thrilled to have her expertise and leadership at ESA.”

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June 21, 2018

ESA Welcomes Adrienne Centano as Director of Communications

Centano joins ESA’s corporate management team and builds on the firm’s recent and forthcoming prominent and strategic hires.

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April 22, 2018

Chris Easter Joins ESA as Director of Air Quality and Noise in Northern California

This role better positions ESA to respond to the growing need for consulting services in Chris’ areas of specialty, including air quality permitting, climate-sustainability strategy, and environmental management systems and regulatory compliance.

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April 10, 2018

In the World of Airports, Upgauging and NextGen Are Trending

As airport planners and environmental specialists, ESA’s airport specialists are always keeping an eye on new trends that affect airport operations. Two trends that we have been tracking are upgauging and NextGen. Upgauging is a trend in the airline industry that has had a profound effect on the growth in passenger traffic at airports throughout the world.

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April 5, 2018

Pam Xander Joins ESA as Principal Planner in Pacific Northwest Region

Pam brings more than 30 years of experience in planning, conducting, and preparing environmental studies and has worked with public agencies and private developers on more than 200 small- and large-scale projects requiring State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA)/National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) processes.

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February 28, 2018

ESA Builds Team of FAA-Certified Drone Operators

Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental consulting firm, is pleased to announce that the firm has five pilots certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly drones. The pilots—Russ Burdge, Jonathan Kemp, Julie McNamara, Brian Pittman, and Brendon Quinton—are being dispatched to project sites to conduct real-time site monitoring and reconnaissance, and to collect orthomosaic imagery and high-definition video for clients in the Pacific Northwest, Northern California, Southern California, and Southeast regions.

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June 26, 2017

ESA Expands Oakland Presence in New Office Location

Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental consulting firm, is relocating their Oakland office to 180 Grand Avenue, Suite 1050, on the edge of Lake Merritt. The move was prompted by the firm’s commitment to meet the needs of its Bay Area clients and to accommodate its growing team of scientists, engineers, planners, and designers in the East Bay.

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June 20, 2017

ESA Expands Northwest Regional Reach into Bend, Oregon
Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental consulting firm, is expanding the firm’s reach in the Pacific Northwest with a new office at 2863 NW Crossing Drive, Suite 100, Bend, Oregon. Susan Cunningham, ESA’s Biological Resources Director for Oregon, will be serving as the office director.
 
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April 27, 2017

Scheda Ecological Associates Joins ESA

The merger supports ESA’s strategy to deepen technical expertise and meet growing client demands for responsive and high quality environmental services throughout Florida and elsewhere in the Southeast.

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April 27, 2017

Michael Newland Joins ESA as Northern California Cultural Resources Director

Mike will be based in ESA’s Petaluma office, leading the region’s Cultural Resources team of expert prehistoric and historical archaeologists, architectural historians, and historians to increase the breadth and depth of ESA’s Cultural Resources practice.

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March 25, 2017

More Agencies Get On Board with Alternative Project Delivery Methods

The 2016 California Transportation Commission (CTC) Annual Report recommends eight California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) reforms for promoting efficiency through innovations. One of the reforms is to permanently authorize Caltrans and its regional partners to “use alternative project delivery tools such as public-private partnership (P3), design-build (DB), and construction manager/general contractor (CM/GC) methods.”

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February 21, 2017

Christopher Warn Joins ESA’s Southeast Region as Principal Managing Associate

Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental consulting firm, is pleased to announce that Christopher Warn has joined ESA as a principal managing associate, with a focus on client service, project management, and business development.

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December 30, 2016

ESA Names Three New Vice Presidents: Terri Avila, Dana McGowan, RPA and Elizabeth Andrews, PE

Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental consulting firm, is pleased to name three new vice presidents: Terri Avila, Community Development Practice Leader; Dana McGowan, RPA, Cultural Resources Practice Leader; and Elizabeth (Betty) Andrews, PE, Senior Program Manager.

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November 11, 2016

Swen Swenson Joins ESA as Corporate Controller

Swen brings over 20 years of experience in financial management with professional services. He has experience in all aspects of the financial operations, including resource allocation, monthly reporting, forecasting, collections, accounts receivable, accounts payable and management of the finance department.

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September 16, 2016

Jill Sunahara Joins ESA’s Northern California Team as a Senior Permitting Specialist

“With a practical understanding of biological and water resources, she partners with clients to get projects in the ground—from planning and environmental compliance to permitting and monitoring.”

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August 23, 2016

ESA PCR Moves Santa Monica Office

ESA PCR, a premier environmental consulting firm, has moved its Santa Monica office from 201 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 500 to 233 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 150, a few blocks away. Nearly 20 environmental planners, CEQA/NEPA specialists, air quality analysts, climate change adaptation planners, historical archaeologists, and cultural resources specialists will occupy the new space.

“This move enables us to continue our 42-year legacy of serving local clients with a team of on-the-ground experts,” said Bobbette Biddulph, Southern California Regional Director.

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June 8, 2016

New “Blue Carbon” Study Supports Tampa Bay Habitat Restoration and Resiliency Planning

Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental consulting firm, recently completed a landmark study reinforcing the importance of restoring coastal habitats in Tampa Bay and around the nation to buffer the effects of rising seas and a changing climate.

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June 6, 2016

Dr. Colin Thorne Honored by Royal Geographical Society

ESA’s Senior River Scientist, Dr. Colin Thorne is being honored by the Royal Geographical Society with the prestigious Back Award.

An expert in rivers, Colin has been recognized for his outstanding contribution in helping to shape national and international policy on rivers and flood management.

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June 1, 2016

Chris Sequeira Joins ESA’s Growing Team of Aviation Experts

Chris will support our aviation clients nationally in the areas of noise, air quality, land use compatibility, and public outreach from his base in New York City.

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May 11, 2016

ESA Welcomes Albert Cuisinot as Chief Financial Officer

“Albert’s impressive track record of maximizing the financial performance of A/E/C companies makes him a great fit for his new role within ESA,”

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April 19, 2016

ESA Combines Irvine Offices

Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental consulting firm, has consolidated its Irvine office with recently acquired ESA PCR from 17744 Skypark Circle to 2121 Alton Parkway in Irvine, California.

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April 5, 2016

ESA Announces New President and CEO Leslie Moulton-Post

Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental consulting firm, is pleased to announce that Leslie Moulton-Post has been named ESA’s Chief Executive Officer and President effective April 1, 2016.

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March 17, 2016

SF Estuary Partnership Features the Sonoma Creek Marsh Enhancement

The Sonoma Creek Marsh Enhancement Project will reduce mosquito production and improve habitat conditions for special status species for roughly 260 acres of centennial marsh located near the mouth of Sonoma Creek and San Pablo Bay in Sonoma County California.

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March 11, 2016

PCR Services Corporation Joins ESA

The merger supports ESA’s strategy to deepen our technical expertise and broadens our reach as we continue to meet growing client demands throughout Southern California.

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March 8, 2016

Barbra Calantas Joins ESA’s Southern California Team

A leader in the fields of wildlife biology, permit strategy, endangered species act consultation and CEQA/NEPA compliance, Barbra joins our growing Southern California team of more than 20 scientists specializing in biological resources, resources management, wetlands studies, habitat restoration, permitting, and monitoring.

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February 2, 2016

ESA’s Tampa Office Moves To Accommodate Growing Team

ESA's Tampa office has moved to Meridian Three at 4200 West Cypress Street, Suite 450 in Tampa, Florida.

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November 30, 2015

ESA Appoints Leslie Moulton-Post President-Elect

Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental consulting firm, is pleased to announce that Leslie Moulton-Post has been appointed ESA’s next Chief Executive Officer and President. Leslie will take over the position from President Gary Oates in the spring of 2016 following a planned transition period.

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November 20, 2015

Terri (Vitar) Avila Named ESA Community Development Practice Leader

Terri brings over 30 years of experience in environmental consulting and natural resource planning. With a diverse background that includes urban and greenfield development, natural resources management, transportation, and water, she approaches her work from a multi-faceted perspective, demonstrating a unique ability to reconcile the competing demands of development and natural resources management.

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November 20, 2015

Alisa Moore Promoted to Bay Area Water Director

“Alisa is integral to the measured growth and success of our water and energy practice, and her career has been focused on the integration of water, energy, and the environment. In this new role, she will continue to collaborate with clients as a trusted strategic advisor to meet the increasing environmental challenges of today and tomorrow.”

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November 18, 2015

Dan Dameron Named ESA’s Northern California Community Development Director

Dan brings more 30 years of experience working on large-scale, complex, multidisciplinary planning and development projects. His leadership and expertise has been integral to growing ESA’s community development practice and advancing our community and environmental planning work.

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November 17, 2015

Pier E3 of Old Bay Bridge Detonated Saturday

Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental consulting firm, participated in Saturday’s carefully executed implosion of Pier E3, the largest of the piers on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge’s Old East Span. Pier E3 contains the largest caisson used to support the cantilevered section of the Old East Span, and is one of about 20 piers that will need to be removed as part of the demolition process.

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October 28, 2015

RPI’s Team Selected to Conduct Best Available Science Reviews for RESTORE Projects
The Research Planning, Inc.(RPI) Team has been selected by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Gulf Coast Restoration to manage and conduct Best Available Science reviews for RESTORE Act Direct Component project applications. Read More »
September 23, 2015

Dana McGowan Joins ESA as Cultural Resources Practice Leader

From our Sacramento office, Dana will lead the firm’s Cultural Resources Practice, which is comprised of a team of 60 professionals including prehistoric and historical archaeologists, architectural historians, preservation planners, maritime archaeologists, and curation specialists.

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September 21, 2015

State of the Estuary Honors San Francisco Bay Living Shorelines Project
On Friday, September 18, six outstanding projects around the San Francisco Bay and Delta received recognition for their achievements at the 12th Biennial State of the San Francisco Estuary Conference. Read More »
August 8, 2015

ESA Opens New Office in Irvine, California

Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental consulting firm, is pleased to announce the opening of a new office in Irvine, California on August 3, 2015. The office is located at 17744 Skypark Circle, Suite 200 in Irvine, California, 92614 and will help service our growing Southern California clients in Orange County and beyond.

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August 6, 2015

Michael Houlihan, AICP Joins ESA as Principal Managing Associate

“With more than three decades of experience in Orange County, Michael’s established relationships with agencies, districts, and regulators will strategically build upon ESA’s successful legacy of providing premier environmental planning and design solutions to our Southern California clients.”

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July 17, 2015

ESA’s Brian Boxer, AICP Named Northern California Regional Director

Brian has dedicated his career to strategically addressing technically and politically complex issues of resource allocation, balancing the demands of the built and natural environment by delivering integrating solutions for environmental compliance and documentation, community planning, and project development.

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July 6, 2015

New Definition of “Waters of the U.S.” Effective August 28, 2015

On Friday, October 9, 2015 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit granted a nationwide stay against the so-called Waters of the United States rule, which is intended to clarify which bodies of water are covered by the Clean Water Act. 

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June 15, 2015

Derry Dell Stream Restoration Project

On June 9th, the Oregon Department of State Lands awarded the Derry Dell Stream Restoration Project the Project of the Year Award.

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June 12, 2015

Jim Keany Named Northwest Director of Biological Resources

Jim manages our growing northwest team of more than 20 professionals specializing in biological resources, fisheries science, resource management, wetlands studies, habitat restoration, permitting, and monitoring.

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June 9, 2015

Mark Johnson, PLA Named Northwest Director of Community Development

Mark manages our northwest team of planners and technical specialists with a thorough understanding of environmental conditions, design processes, and agency requirements to help clients plan, design, permit, and implement their planning and development projects.

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May 28, 2015

ESA Releases 2014 Sustainability Report

In ESA’s 2014 Sustainability Report, we’ve outlined how our company has performed against the sustainability goals and objectives outlined in our 2012 Sustainability Plan. The 30-page document measures the firm’s progress and further promotes our commitment to sustainable operations, pursuing work that matters within a vibrant employee-ownership culture.

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May 15, 2015

Mike Leech Named ESA’s Director of Geospatial Services

Mike’s experience includes deploying field teams with GPS devices for data collection, mapping plant communities using object-based and pixel-based remote sensing tools and managing software development life cycles for international humanitarian organizations.

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Restore Americas Estuaries
February 13, 2015

Restore America’s Estuaries brings science and business together for Tampa Bay

Partnership with Tampa Bay Watch, Tampa Bay Estuary Program, Environmental Science Associates, NOAA, U.S. EPA, U.S. FWS, and ScottsMiracle-Gro will demonstrate how Bay restoration efforts can best help mitigate climate change impacts.

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February 5, 2015

ESA’s Margaret Clancy, PWS, Named Vice President and Northwest Regional Director

“She is an effective leader with deep technical expertise and strong people skills that our clients and employees truly value. In her new role as Regional Director, Margaret will continue to advance our firm’s integrated services and solutions for clients throughout the Northwest.”

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March 4, 2014

Blue Carbon Study Illustrates Climate Benefits in the Snohomish Estuary

Read how this 2014 study discovered that functioning tidal wetlands actually store carbon, removing it from the atmosphere and from causing further environmental harm.

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February 4, 2014

Landmark Study Demonstrates Climate Benefits of Estuary Restoration

Contact: Steve Emmett-Mattox
Phone: 720.300.3139

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November 21, 2013

ESA’s Work Receives 2013 ASLA Oregon Chapter Merit Award for Analysis and Planning

ESA is pleased to announce that the Oregon Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recently awarded the Minto-Brown Island Park Floodplain Restoration project with a 2013 Merit Award for Analysis and Planning.

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July 17, 2013

Adapting to Sea Level Rise in the Bay Area: Protecting Our Communities, Infrastructure and the Bay

The rapid changes in climate and sea level projected over the next 100 years threaten not only the natural wetlands, but also the communities and infrastructure around San Francisco Bay. How can we proactively create a new, more sustainable shoreline that integrates natural processes and undervalued resources such as sediment and wastewater?

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May 13, 2013

Airport Cooperative Research Program Releases Report 84, A Guidebook for Preparing Airport Emission Inventories for State Implementation Plans

The Federal Clean Air Act of 1970, as amended, requires that states identify those areas where the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) are not met for six air contaminants, known as criteria air pollutants. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated such areas as nonattainment areas. A state with a nonattainment area must prepare a State Implementation Plan (SIP) that details the programs and requirements that the State will use in order to meet the NAAQS by the deadlines specified in the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990.

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May 13, 2013

A Tale of Two Optimized Profile Descents

While Los Angeles and Sacramento have vastly different population levels, climates, and cultures, they shared a common theme at the University of California at Davis’ Aviation Symposium in Costa Mesa; lessons learned from implementing Optimized Profile Descent (OPD) procedures at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Mather Airport (MHR). ESA Airports National Director, Steve Alverson, moderated a panel to share lessons learned from recent OPD efforts.

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November 14, 2012

Expert Eyes and Ears…and Noses

A floor-by-floor snapshot provides building managers with a useful assessment of the effectiveness of their building's waste diversion programs and suggestions for increasing compliance.

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November 14, 2012

FAA Issues Guidance on Recycling at Major Airports

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently issued a Program Guidance Letter (PGL) 12-08 to instruct Airport District Offices (ADOs) on how to implement portions of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (FMRA).

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November 14, 2012

What is the New Community Greenhouse Gas Inventory Protocol Anyway?

With more and more cities and counties planning for a greener future, a key baseline of both an effective sustainability plan and climate action plan is to clearly assess current conditions.

Community-scale Greenhouse Gas (GHG) inventories are critical to the development of GHG reduction strategies in both sustainability plans and climate action plans. The new Community GHG Inventory Protocol provides a framework for accounting consistency between inventories and among communities within a larger county, region, or state.

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November 14, 2012

Climate and Energy Action Plans: Getting to Implementation

Climate Action Plans (CAPs) and Energy Action Plans (EAPs) have become important planning tools for communities to articulate how they will meet energy, mobility, and material resource challenges in a carbon-constrained economy.

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October 20, 2012

Global Carbon Markets Now Open to Wetland Restoration and Conservation

An initiative led by Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE), aimed at creating greenhouse gas offset opportunities for wetlands received final approval under the Verified Carbon Standards (VCS) on October 4, 2012. This ground-breaking approval paves the way for increased private investment in wetland restoration and conservation projects through the issuance of internationally recognized carbon credits.

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October 16, 2012

FAA Issues Guidance on Recycling

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently issued a Program Guidance Letter (PGL) 12-08 to instruct Airport District Offices (ADOs) on how to implement portions of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (FMRA).

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July 24, 2012

Getting to Zero Waste

One half planning and implementation, the other half requires a shift in culture.

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July 24, 2012

California Anaerobic Digestion Forum Explores Project Successes and Challenges

Stakeholders examine the successes and challenges of anaerobic digestion technology, permitting, and economics.

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July 24, 2012

Climate and Energy Action: More Plans in the Works

Climate Action Plans (CAPs) have become important planning tools for communities to articulate how they will meet energy, mobility, and material resource challenges in a carbon-constrained economy.

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April 24, 2012

ESA Releases its Inaugural Sustainability Report

ESA celebrated Earth Day 2012 by releasing its first bi-annual sustainability report. The 50-page document highlights the firm’s progress toward being a sustainable business, providing forward-looking sustainable solutions to the firm’s clients, and promoting stewardship of the environment, our communities and employee-owners.

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March 8, 2012

Section 404 Nationwide Permits are Changing

The new U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 Clean Water Act Nationwide Permits (NWPs) will become effective March 19, 2012. The existing (2007) NWPs will expire on March 18, 2012. We’re here to help you keep your projects on track during this transition by providing resources, information, and assistance.

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November 16, 2011

Celebrate Innovation on GIS Day

November 16th is GIS Day and we’re celebrating more than a decade of delivering creative, innovative, and integrated client solutions using GIS. We’ve been using this powerful tool to benefit our clients and the environment on projects spanning a variety of markets and geographic locations from coast to coast. In recognition of GIS Day, we’re taking a moment to highlight the value this technology and our GIS team has contributed to our clients, the environment, and our teaming partners on several recent efforts.

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July 19, 2011

ESA Completes Most Comprehensive Fast-Track Environmental Review of its Kind

Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a San Francisco-based environmental science and planning firm, led the City and County of San Francisco’s environmental consultant team in releasing the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) on the 34th America’s Cup (AC34) venue for the City and Port of San Francisco.

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