provides professional consulting services in plant, wildlife, and wetland ecology,
GIS, CEQA/NEPA and landscape architecture. Formed in 1981, WRA is a certified small
business headquartered in San Rafael that has worked throughout California. We have
completed over 2,000 projects with a wide range of experience in a variety of
region-specific habitats. Our award-winning projects have been recognized by the
American Society of Civil Engineering, Association of Environmental Professionals,
California Water Environment Association, and American Society of Landscape Architects.
“WRA has had the privilege of working on many important projects around the Bay. Our
clients want to do the right thing for the environment, so we help them work with
regulators to ensure optimal project and environmental outcomes,” says Tom Fraser,
President of WRA. “With humble beginnings as a small restoration company, WRA has
grown into a full-service environmental consulting firm. What hasn’t changed is our
commitment to and passion for our work.”
WRA is experienced in the application of federal/state wetland and endangered species
regulations. Our clients have land, water, and species impacts that require careful planning
and permitting. We have worked in wetland, marsh, marine, riparian and upland
ecosystems. Our biologists routinely conduct a broad range of plant and wildlife habitat
evaluations, habitat/species monitoring and wetland and riparian studies. The firm
provides evaluation, planning, implementation, and monitoring of wetlands and
endangered species habitat restoration and mitigation projects.
Enhanced Marine-Based Project Services
WRA’s recent partnership with Environmental Data Solutions (EDS) accommodates clients
with bay impacts looking for a more integrated service solution. EDS marries
sophisticated environmental data collection and analysis to WRA’s biology and permitting
expertise. Our partnership means that bathymetry, eelgrass and aquatic vegetation
surveys, mitigation solutions, eelgrass restoration, and permitting services can be
provided with a single point of contact and streamlined project management.
Cargill Permitting, Biological, and Restoration Services
For over 30 years, WRA has worked with Cargill on some of their more challenging
bayshore projects. We have assisted with complex jurisdictional wetlands delineation
analyses, permitting, and special status species studies. Services performed: wetlands
delineations, biological studies, permitting, and tidal marsh restoration investigations.
Developed permitting strategy and provided environmental review for biological services
in an area with habitat containing known populations of California clapper rail and salt
marsh harvest mouse. Services provided: permitting advisory, environmental review, and
South Bayside System Authority Force Main Replacement
Developed a permitting strategy and provided environmental review for biological
services in an area with habitat containing known populations of California clapper rail
and salt marsh harvest mouse. Services performed: environmental review and permitting.
Tesoro Amorco Wharf Well Installation
Designed and installed wells (while minimizing installation impacts) within tidal marsh to
determine the source and extent of a MTBE plume. Services performed: biological studies,
permitting, and tidal marsh restoration.
Confidential Client Tidal Wetland Mitigation Bank Feasibility Study (Ongoing)
Evaluated the potential to develop tidal wetland and salt marsh harvest mouse mitigation
to service impacts to Bay Area tidal wetlands. Investigated the suitability of turnkey
mitigation opportunities in addition to bank feasibility. Services performed: feasibility
analysis, mitigation bank consulting, biological assessments, and wetland delineations.
Clipper Yacht Harbor Eelgrass Transplant and Monitoring
Created eelgrass mitigation plan and conducted eelgrass transplant and monitoring to
fulfill mitigation requirements. Eelgrass was transplanted to mitigate for impacts caused
by dredging activities, and the project met success criteria for the mandatory 3-year
monitoring period. Services performed: mitigation and monitoring plan, eelgrass
transplant, and eelgrass surveys.
To learn more about WRA, visit www.wra-ca.com, or contact Liston Witherill at 415.454.8868 x144
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