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Training

Navigating the Environmental Compliance Process in Coastal California 2014

This one-day workshop trained participants in how to better plan for  the permitting and environmental review processes for projects in California’s coastal zone. The workshop draws on the combined regulatory compliance and project management expertise of the presenters and their successful experience permitting and managing restoration and infrastructure improvement projects in the San Francisco Bay and central coast of California.

Date

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
Moss Landing
Lunch will be provided

COST: $275.00
Payable by check to Elkhorn Slough Foundation
Payable by credit card (online)

REGISTRATION FOR THIS PROGRAM IS CLOSED


Instructor Information

Mr. Jim Robins
Principal/Senior Ecologist
Alnus Ecological

Ms. April Zohn
Environmental Regulatory Specialist
Lux Environmental Consulting

Contact

Virginia Guhin
virginia@elkhornslough.org
831-274-8700

Sponsors

Description

See also: Permitology, Sustainable Human Systems

 

 

Description

This one-day workshop trained participants in how to better plan for the permitting and environmental review processes in California’s coastal zone, particularly those associated with wetland management, restoration, and mitigation projects. The event drew on the combined regulatory compliance and project management expertise of the presenters and their successful experience permitting and managing restoration and infrastructure improvement projects in the San Francisco Bay and central coast of California. The course offered an overview and discussion of natural resource laws typical of California’s coastal and inland environments, as well as a discussion of how to efficiently integrate and coordinate multiple environmental review processes.

 

Workshop Format

This workshop consisted of indoor lectures, case studies, and group discussion.  Format included:

 

  • Lectures led by April Zohn with assistance by Jim Robins.  April Zohn is a regulatory compliance specialist with 15 years of experience in environmental review and permitting. Jim Robins is an experienced environmental restoration practitioner with particular insight into both the process and utility of programmatic permitting for restoration-based projects. 
  • Case study review focusing on project design, contrasting a "build-in" vs. "buy-in" approach with regulatory agency staff and improved integration of the laws and regulations that apply to projects along the Central Coast, as well as programmatic mechanisms recently available to restoration practitioners. 
  • Facilitated group discussion designed to answer participant questions on the material. 

 

All activities took place at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training provided lunch.

 

Workshop Objectives

By attending the course, participants improved their understanding of:

 

  • natural resource laws that apply to projects in California’s coastal zone;
  • integration of environmental review and permit processes;
  • strategies for completing a successful permitting effort, and;
  • programmatic mechanisms available to projects in general and restoration projects in particular.

 

Topics Discussed

 

General overview (i.e., trigger, responsible agency, and process overview) ofnatural resource laws, including:

  • California coastal resource management;
  • wetlands and water quality;
  • special-status species and habitats;
  • cultural resources; and
  • CEQA / NEPA.

 

Integrating and coordinating the environmental review and permitting process, including:

  • objectives of integration;
  • integration opportunities; and
  • overcoming common problems.

 

Strategies for completing a successful permitting effort, including:

  • project design;
  • timing and schedule;
  • project management/coordination; and
  • building and maintaining key relationships (build-in vs buy-in).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Documents and Publications

Contact List
We encourage participants to download the contact list to assist with arranging a rideshare or to get in contact with someone you met at the workshop. Those interested in sharing a ride to the event are marked on the contact list.

DOCUMENT AUTHOR / SOURCE
WORKSHOP MATERIALS
California Coastal Management Program: List of Federal Licenses and Permits Subject to Certification for Consistency
PDF, 17KB
California Coastal Commission
State of California - The Resources Agency
1999
California Coastal Zone Management Agency Resources List
DOCX, 22KB
April Zohn

2014
Presentation: Navigating Compliance 2014
PDF, 3.3MB
April Zohn

2014
Summary Environmental Law Table
DOCX, 24KB
April Zohn

2014
PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS
Taking Slippage Seriously: Noncompliance and Creative Compliance in Environmental Law
PDF, 1.9MB
Daniel A. Farber
23 Harv. Envtl. L. Rev. 297
1999

Questions and Answers

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