State’s New Emissions Testing Facility Uses Zero-Emissions Threshold

The recently certified environmental impact report (EIR) for the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) new world-class motor vehicle and emissions testing and research facility is one of the first projects to use zero-emissions thresholds for evaluating greenhouse gas impacts in a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) document. CARB established the zero-emission goal to be proactive…

January Deadline for New Dam Safety Regulations

Owners of California dams classified as “extremely high hazard” need to submit updated Emergency Action Plans (EAP) to the state by January 1, 2018 under new dam safety regulations the state legislature  passed earlier this year in response to the Oroville Dam spillway crisis. The looming EAP deadline is complicated by the new law’s requirement…

4 Keys to Managing CEQA for California’s First LEED Platinum-Certified Hospital

Kaiser Permanente’s ambitious goal for a new 450-bed hospital included LEED Platinum Certification and becoming a valued neighborhood resource. The new medical campus was recently named the Best Healthcare Project in California in 2017 by Engineering News Record. “When you’re building a hospital, it’s like building a mini-city,” said Shawn Shamlou, AICP, Dudek’s CEQA Principal…

CalFire Grant Expands National City Urban Forest

National City — a small disadvantaged city in San Diego County — will expand its urban forest by planting 1,700 trees in city-managed properties with a $650,000  CAL FIRE grant. CAL FIRE’s  Urban and Community Forestry Program focuses on using trees to provide neighborhoods the benefits of urban forests, such as  sequestering greenhouse house gas,…

Digital Transformation of Managing Environmental Data

Digital technology has transformed collecting environmental field data.  Data is collected more efficiently, more accurately, in greater quantity, and processed more quickly than ever before. For Dudek biologists, archaeologists, urban foresters, hydrologists, and other science and engineering professionals that manage projects involving fieldwork, applying technology is a constant challenge as it evolves. Three Dudek team members…

Dudek Awarded EIRs for Major Aquatic Park Improvements

The City of San Diego has selected Dudek to provide environmental impact studies for two separate projects as part of  major upgrades planned for the city’s  high-profile Mission Bay Park, the largest aquatic park of its kind in the United States. The 4,600-acre half-land, half-water park is visited by more than 15 million people each…

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