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  • Gregory Canyon Landfill
  • Environmental Planning

    Gregory Canyon Landfill

    Client: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers / Gregory Canyon Ltd.

    Market Sector: Infrastructure

    Project Location: San Diego County, CA

    ESA PCR has been preparing environmental documentation regarding the Gregory Canyon Landfill pursuant to CEQA and NEPA for more than 13 years.  This privately proposed public infrastructure project would establish a new municipal landfill on the 1,770-acre site in northern San Diego County with deposition capacity of 1,000,000 tons per year for approximately 30 years.  The project has been the target of 19 separate lawsuits by multiple opposition interests and has prevailed each time.  ESA PCR prepared the EIR and a series of environmental documents finalized in 2010 with the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health as Lead Agency.  ESA PCR is currently preparing an EIS pursuant to NEPA, and the related 404(b)(1), working closely with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

    Throughout the process, ESA PCR assessed key issues including land use, geology and soils, hydrogeology, surface hydrology, jurisdictional waters, traffic and circulation, noise and vibration, air quality and health risk, agricultural resources, biological resources, paleontology, archaeological and ethnographic resources, aesthetics, socioeconomics, public services and utilities, and human health and safety.  The Final EIS and 404(b)(1) are in preparation.

    Practices Involved:

    • Environmental Planning & Documentation
    • Biology
    • Air Quality & Climate Change
    • Acoustics
    • Cultural Resources: Historic Resources, Archaeology & Paleontology
    • GIS/GPS Technologies

  • Cadiz Valley Aquifer Storage Project
  • Environmental Planning

    Cadiz Valley Aquifer Storage Project

    Client: Cadiz Inc.

    Market Sector: Infrastructure

    Project Location: San Bernardino County, CA

    ESA PCR assisted Cadiz Inc. by providing CEQA advisory services to help identify the most suitable environmental compliance track to address revisions to the Cadiz Project, and to provide environmental review strategy.  The initial project proposal was to build and operate facilities for conjunctive-use aquifer storage of imported Colorado River water, and for extraction and delivery of stored Colorado River water and indigenous groundwater for use within Metropolitan’s service area during droughts, emergencies, or other periods of need.

    The work, undertaken in close collaboration with Cadiz staff and legal counsel, included comprehensive research regarding the viability of earlier CEQA and NEPA documents in light of changes proposed to the Project and regulatory and environmental conditions at that time.  The effort also included a site visit and reconnaissance survey of the project site by ESA PCR management and technical staff.  The work culminated in the 2006 “Technical Memorandum, Assessment for CEQA Compliance – Cadiz Valley Aquifer Storage Project,” which was followed by presentations to County of San Bernardino staff and legal counsel, and to the Bureau of Land Management.

    Practices Involved:

    • Environmental Planning & Documentation
    • Biology
    • Archaeology
    • GIS/GPS Technologies

  • The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Education and Visitor Center Project
  • Environmental Planning

    The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Education and Visitor Center Project

    Client: City of San Marino

    Market Sector: Entertainment, Institutional

    Project Location: San Marino, CA

    ESA PCR prepared the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for The Huntington Education and Visitor Center Project in San Marino, California.  The proposed project includes:

    • modifying the existing City of San Marino Historical and Cultural Zone Code regarding the institutions hours, variety of activities, and replacing a daily visitor cap with a daily vehicle cap
    • a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to allow The Huntington certain exceptions to the Code regarding operating hours, outdoor events, and traffic
    • a CUP to allow redevelopment of facilities, parking, landscaping, and other improvements within the existing entry complex

    ESA PCR provided a detailed analysis of aesthetics, air quality, historic resources, archaeology, paleontology, greenhouse gas emissions, land use, and noise. Early in the process, ESA PCR also helped prepare a Construction Management Plan and a Parking and Traffic Management Plan, which identified specific actions agreed to by The Huntington, to minimize impacts to surrounding residents.

    Practices Involved:

    • Environmental Planning & Documentation
    • Air Quality
    • Climate Change
    • Acoustics
    • Historic Resources
    • Archaeology
    • Paleontology