From Grey to Green: Developing the Guidelines for Natural Infrastructure

ESA’s coastal engineering team, in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy, Point Blue, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Site Sentinel Cooperative, has developed the Natural Shoreline Infrastructure: Technical Guidance for the California Coast; a guideline and toolset for the implementation of natural infrastructure elements as accountable, effective, and sustainable solutions for protecting our shores against sea-level rise.

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February 11, 2011 |

Surfer’s Point Project Serves as Model for Threatened Coastal Sites

State officials identified the Surfer’s Point project as the first of its kind and a model for managing threatened California coast sites. ESA PWA provided coastal engineering and design to restore degraded shoreline and help manage shoreline retreat along this popular Southern California recreational site, located along Seaside Park in the City of San Buenaventura. The team’s design focused on a more natural restoration of the shoreline using native materials and moving facilities back inland, balancing recreational needs with natural conditions and processes. Read More »

February 11, 2011 |

ESA delivers EIS for Largest Solar Energy Project on Public Lands

ESA successfully assisted the Bureau of Land Management with interagency coordination and preparation of the final environmental impact statement for the largest solar energy project on U.S. public lands. The Blythe Solar Power Project will produce up to 1,000 megawatts of solar power, generating enough electricity to power 300,000 to 750,000 homes. The project was proposed by Palo Verde Solar I, a subsidiary of Berkeley, California’s Solar Millennium, LLC. Read More »

February 11, 2011 |

Senator Feinstein Marks Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project Milestone The first phase of the Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project, the largest restoration project on the West Coast, was officially opened at a ceremony attended by Senator Diane Feinstein and California Resources Secretary Lester Snow. The former Cargill Salt pond, now part of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, is being transformed into a thriving wetland with islands for birds, new trails, and wooden walkway for the public. Read More »
February 11, 2011 |

ESA’s EIR featured in Smithsonian Exhibition

ESA's 1975 Environmental Impact Report on Christo's Running Fence was featured in the Smithsonian's exhibition of Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Remembering the Running Fence, a definitive record of the Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972-76, a major early work of art by the world-renowned artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude. The work of art, a 24 1/2-mile long, 18-foot high fabric fence, lasted for 2 weeks and stretched from Petaluma, California through the town of Valley Ford and, finally, into the Pacific Ocean at the northern tip of Marin County. Read More »

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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November 8, 2011 |

A Major Shift in Floodplain Management

Local Implementation of the National Marine Fisheries Service Biological Opinion on the National Flood Insurance Program

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April 13, 2012 |

ESA Completes Organics and Recycling Program Education Video ESA has created a multilingual training video to ensure the continued participation and success of commercial organics and recycling programs. Read More »
May 23, 2012 |

California State Legislature Applauds Napa River Rutherford Restoration The California State Legislature formally recognized the Napa River Restoration Rutherford Reach project and ESA received a certificate honoring their work and contribution to the project. Andy Collison and Jorgen Blomberg were in attendance to receive the award on the company’s behalf, and were thrilled by the overwhelming enthusiasm for this successful project. The project was described and received rounds of applause from the floors of both the Senate and Assembly. Read More »
May 13, 2013 |

ESA Airports Provides Air Quality and Biological Resources Services for Airports Nationwide An overview of ESA’s capabilities in these areas and how airport clients can benefit from our expertise in air quality and biological resources services. Read More »
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? Read More »
January 23, 2014 |

Collaborating to Address Aircraft Noise Concerns

Although aircraft engines have become quieter and quieter thanks to technological advancements, some communities near airports continue to express concerns about aircraft noise. Increases in aircraft operations, changes in flight corridor locations and density, and changes in the aircraft fleet mix may increase community concerns. Airport/Community Noise Roundtables are one forum for openly collaborating and addressing noise issues.

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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. Read More »
March 4, 2015 |

Can We Even Begin To Imagine What Our Cities Will Look Like In The Year 2050?

That’s the question I kept asking myself during last week’s the Future of Cities 2015 conference in Riverside, CA. Read More »

May 15, 2015 | 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. Read More »
June 18, 2015 |

Geospatial Services Advance Projects ESA is charting new territories and solving environmental problems in ways that are more powerful and efficient than ever before. Read More »
March 11, 2016 |

PCR Services Corporation Joins ESA

Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading West Coast environmental science and planning firm, announced today that PCR Services Corporation, a Southern California-based multi-disciplinary environmental consulting firm has joined 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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January 31, 2018 |

A New Life for the Cooper-Molera Complex in Downtown Monterey The Cooper-Molera Adobe is one of the most important remaining representations of the Mexican Republic and early American eras in California. Visitors from around the world tour the Adobe, part of the Monterey Old Town National Historic Landmark District. Read More »
January 31, 2018 |

The 40-Year Evolution of Wetland Restoration Approaches in San Francisco Bay According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, more than half of America’s historic wetlands have been lost or disturbed as a result of human intervention. In San Francisco Bay, this number is even higher, at more than 90 percent. Read More »
February 13, 2018 |

Central Cities on the Rise: Attracting Housing and Jobs

After a period of general decline, central cities are on the rise again. This surge of people and businesses choosing to take root in city centers reflects a shift back to the preference for a lively urban lifestyle, ease of access to transit, and celebration of local arts and culture. Cities are looking for opportunities to capitalize on this changing dynamic.

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February 23, 2018 |
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Growth, Zoning, and Their Effect on Neighborhoods

Wherever population growth takes place—city or suburb—it requires space. A need for more space spurs some level of redevelopment, which affects established neighborhoods—places where people already live. Zoning changes tend to bring about misgivings within affected communities, fueled by fears of gentrification, overtaxed infrastructure, and a threat to dramatically change the historic fabric of a neighborhood. Read More »

April 5, 2018 |

Pam Xander Joins ESA as Principal Planner in Pacific Northwest Region

Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental consulting firm, is pleased to announce that Pam Xander has joined their Seattle office as a Principal Associate. 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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April 22, 2018 |
Chris Easter

Chris Easter Joins ESA as Director of Air Quality and Noise in Northern California Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental consulting firm, is pleased to announce Chris Easter as its new director of Air Quality and Noise for the Northern California region. 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. Read More »
April 25, 2018 |

Dry Creek Gets Drenched: Lessons Learned after Intense Storm Events in Northern California One of the more enlightening moments in stream restoration is when a recently constructed site experiences a large storm event. Whether these events test a restoration design approach or trigger system adjustment, they are always an opportunity to learn. Read More »
May 10, 2018 |
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UAS/Drone Services: FAA Nationwide Program Expansion to 500 Airports Begins With the FAA’s implementation of the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) system, the FAA will be able to grant faster authorizations while maintaining the safety of the National Airspace System. Read More »
June 21, 2018 |
Adrienne Centano

ESA Welcomes Adrienne Centano as Director of Communications Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental science and planning firm with offices on the West and Gulf Coasts, has added 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. Read More »
April 10, 2018 |
Two Planes Diff Sizes

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. Read More »
August 21, 2018 |

ESA Bolsters Compliance Team with Patrick Tennant and Jon Waggoner

Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental science and planning firm with offices on the West and Gulf Coasts, has added Patrick Tennant as environmental mitigation compliance director and Jon Waggoner as environmental compliance program manager. 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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August 31, 2018 |

On Former Landfill, a Portland Park Takes Shape with Inclusive Vision and Unique Public–Nonprofit Partnership It has taken a decade, but thanks to a remarkable partnership between neighborhood activists, a nonprofit developer, and the City of Portland, a landfill in northeast Portland has been transformed into a park. Read More »
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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