Mitigation Bank Advantages

  Public agencies may now find it advantageous to develop wetland mitigation banks rather than pursue project-specific mitigation, as a result of rule changes by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The regulatory change is an effort to develop watershed-based planning.  Mitigation banks create larger wetlands projects with greater ecological…

Risk Assessment of Aging, Non-Native Eucalyptus Trees

  Rotted blue gum eucalyptus present significant risk to people and property. Dudek arborists have evaluated thousands of blue gums  to understand how external conditions can indicate internal wood rot. California municipalities were reminded recently of the risk presented by blue gum eucalyptus trees when a 10-ton tree in Orange County toppled on to a…

Environmental Permitting Tips for Renewable Energy Sites

  Success of a renewable energy project often starts with meeting stringent, complex environmental permitting and mitigation requirements. Dudek’s David Hochart, an environmental permitting specialist with expertise in California renewable energy sites, outlines below how a successful environmental permitting process begins with an effective due diligence plan: Environmental due diligence should be completed prior to…

5 Tips For Effective Spring Biology Surveys

  Spring marks the beginning of the survey season for many special-status plant and wildlife species, and working closely with project biologists can help identify biological constraints early in the process, helping a project stay on schedule. “Depending on your site conditions, multiple surveys can be required for different types of plant and wildlife species…

Construction Management Award for City Senior Center

The City of Fontana and Dudek have been recognized for excellence by the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) Southern California Chapter for the city’s new Community Senior Center. Working as the city’s representative on the new $15.3 millon project, Dudek’s construction managers provided the following services: Completion of the project design (95%–100% construction documents)…

Coastal Commission Certifies Santa Monica Mountains Plan

  The project is certified using innovative but little known approach to streamline coastal permitting for  qualifying public projects. The California Coastal Commission has certified approval of a large-scale project to improve parks, open space, trails, and wildlife habitat on 1,700 acres in the Santa Monica Mountains. The project was certified using a Public Works…

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