April 27, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Romberg Tiburon Center, Bay Conference Center
3152 Paradise Dr
Belvedere Tiburon, CA 94920
Aimee Good

Registration now open, early bird price of $195 until 2/22,

Regular registration $215, open until filled.

(if minimum not met by 4/3 we reserve the right to cancel the training)

This 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.

This workshop consists of a combination of lectures and engaging group discussion.  Lectures are team led with experts 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.

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


April Zohn, is the environmental compliance specialist for Ducks Unlimited’s Pacific Northwest field office.   She has over 15 years of experience developing integrated permitting strategies and implementation plans for wetland restoration and infrastructure improvement projects in California, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, including several tidal marsh and stream restoration projects in and around the San Francisco Bay Area.  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 a Masters Degree in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School in 2015.

Dr. Renee Spenst is a Regional Biologist with Ducks Unlimited for San Francisco Bay and California Coast.  She possesses over 15 years 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.