May 7, 2015 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Bay Conference Center
3152 Paradise Drive
Tiburon, CA 94920
$185.00, includes lunch, morning refreshments and materials
Heidi Nutters

San_Francisco_Bay_aerial_viewThis one-day workshop trains participants in how to better plan for the permitting and environmental review processes for projects in the San Francisco Bay and California’s coastal zone. The event draws on the combined regulatory compliance and project management expertise of the presenters and their successful experience permitting and managing wetland restoration and infrastructure improvement projects in the San Francisco Bay and central coast of California. The course will include an overview and discussion of natural resource laws typical of California’s coastal environment, as well as a discussion of how to best integrate and coordinate multiple environmental review processes.

Note: This training is now eligible for 7 CM AICP Credits/CEP Points








Workshop Format

This workshop consists of indoor lectures and engaging group discussion.  Lectures are from an expert in environmental review and compliance as well as an experienced environmental restoration project manager.  Facilitated group discussion will be designed to answer participant questions on the material.

Workshop Goal

Train participants in how to better plan for and integrate the permitting and environmental review processes for projects in California’s coastal zone.

Workshop Objectives 

  1. Develop a basic understanding of the natural resource laws that apply to projects in California’s coastal zone, including San Francisco Bay.
  2. Discuss opportunities to integrate environmental review and permit processes.
  3. Discuss strategies for completing a successful permitting effort

Topics Discussed

Overview of Natural Resource Laws

  • Wetlands and water quality
  • Endangered species and fish/wildlife habitats
  • Coastal zone protection laws
  • Cultural resource regulations

Integrating and Coordinating the Environmental Review Process

  • Objectives of integration
  • Integration opportunities
  • Common problems

Key Components of a Successful Environmental Compliance Approach

  • Project management
  • Coordination
  • Building and maintaining key relationships


Speaker Bios

April Zohn is a principal and owner of Lux Environmental Consulting where she specializes in developing permitting strategies and implementation plans for sensitive water resource and coastal zone projects in California, Oregon and Washington. She has extensive experience with projects that require compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, Sections 401 and 404 of the Clean Water Act, the California Fish and Game Code, the Coastal Zone Management Act, state and local coastal regulations, and the Federal Endangered Species Act. She has organized and taught workshops on regulatory compliance through the Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program and UC Davis and Portland State University’s extension programs and is coauthor of the book Wetlands, Streams, and Other Waters: Regulation, Conservation and Mitigation Planning (Solano Press 2004). April received a BS in marine science from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1994 and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School.

Dr. Renee Spenst is a Regional Biologist with Ducks Unlimited for San Francisco Bay and California Coast.  She possesses more than a decade of experience in wetland ecology and restoration. She manages over $20 million in project funding in support of the restoration of 10,000 acres. She has worked on tidal wetland restoration projects throughout the San Francisco Bay Estuary in multiple capacities, including environmental compliance, permitting, project planning, project development, and budgetary oversight.  Previous experience includes teaching courses in biology and habitat restoration, and working as a regulator for the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Workshop Materials 

Workshop Presentation Slides

Workshop Agenda