Groundwater Sustainability Plans Require 8 Areas of Expertise

California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) requires all groundwater basins designated as medium or high priority to develop a Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) to achieve sustainable management by 2040-2042. Basin priorities are assigned by the California Department of Water Resources based on multiple factors, including population, land use, and basin conditions. Low or very low…

Four Environmental Restoration Projects Win Awards

The Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP) and the American Public Works Association (APWA) recognized four environmental restoration projects for excellence that Dudek performed for the City of Carlsbad and Lakeside River Park Conservancy. AEP recognized our work preparing enviornmental technical studies for the City of San Diego’s Pure Water Program (PWP) programmatic environmental impact report (PEIR).   As one…

Complying With CEQA’s VMT Threshold For Transportation

The passage of California Senate Bill (SB) 743 introduced vehicle miles traveled (VMT) as the new recommended threshold for transportation impacts under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review, eliminating level of service (LOS) as a CEQA threshold. The City of Pasadena (City) was among the first to update its CEQA thresholds in 2014.  The…

Tips for Infill Battery Energy Storage Permitting

Powin Energy’s 2-megawatt (MW)/8-MW-hour battery energy storage system (BESS) recently went online fewer than six months after the project was awarded, marking an energy industry first for the speed of manufacturing, installing, and commissioning of an asset of this size on a distribution feeder.

Jayme Timberlake to Present at Girls in Ocean Science Conference

Dudek biologist and habitat restoration expert Jayme Timberlake will present a demonstration depicting native habitat assessment and the benefits of habitat restoration in coastal and wetland areas at the February 18 Girls in Ocean Science (GIOS) conference at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, CA.  The two-day event is dedicated to inspiring middle school and…

How to Expedite ACOE Permitting Processes

The process of securing regulatory permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) can seem challenging and overwhelming. However, the ACOE’s goal is to earn and maintain the public’s trust and work together with applicants to improve the process.

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