California Urban Area Bioswales

Although requiring more space than conventional concrete-lined open channels, habitat-friendly bioswales are now a common substitute for impervious channels  in California urban and suburban areas. Bioswales are an ecological method to meet stormwater treatment regulations for pollutant removal while maintaining stormwater management efficiency.  Designed with drought-tolerant, native habitat vegetation, bioswales remove stormwater pollutants by filtration,…

Habitat Restoration on New Reservoir Construction

  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…

iPad App Improves Biology Surveys

Dudek biologists now use iPhone and iPad mobile apps to collect and analyze biological survey information more efficiently. Dudek customizes each app to the specific project and survey needs, which have included bird utilization surveys, avian point counts, vernal pool surveys, vegetation monitoring and others. The forms are dynamic and feature logic-based input to prompt…

Extension of Staff Interviewing Tips

Municipal agencies’ staffing challenge is well known – retiring boomers; a next generation workforce that is smaller and less experienced in critical technical areas; an unstable economy; tighter budgets. When agencies talk to us about extension of staff they view it as a cost-effective way to match the right technical expertise with fluctuating and diverse…

How Carpenteria Uses Extension of Staff

For the City of Carpinteria, extension-of-staff is key for supplementing the 30-person city staff during busy periods.   Despite a full-time population of 15,000, Carpinteria is active with municipal projects as a result of its location along the heavily-trafficked Los Angeles – Santa Barbara Central Coast corridor. CalTrans’ focus to improve mobility within this corridor has…

Monaco Joins CalDesal Board

  Dudek’s Joe Monaco has joined the board of CalDesal,  a non-profit California water industry organization that advocates for legislative and regulatory action to facilitate the use of seawater and groundwater desalination to help the state meet its water supply challenges. Joe is an expert in environmental permitting for seawater desalination facilities located along the…

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