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Environmental Planning and Permitting
Planning, permitting, and CEQA/NEPA.

We have a strong track record of preparing comprehensive environmental review documents, with demonstrated success in environmental permit negotiations. We keep projects moving forward by staying abreast with constantly changing regulations, ensuring that your project will be completed in a timely manner.

At Brelje & Race, our engineers and planners communicate daily, sharing ideas and insights that ultimately lead to project designs built on sound engineering practices with a respect for natural resources, while identifying and developing successful mitigation strategies.


Public agencies must comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) when beginning or approving a project, and Brelje & Race has a long history of ushering clients through the process. We coordinate all procedural requirements, prepare your environmental review documents and manage all associated public relations.

  • Environmental Constraints Analysis/GIS Analysis
  • Exemptions and Categorical Exclusions
  • Initial Studies/Mitigated Negative Declarations
  • Environmental Assessments
  • Environmental Impact Reports
  • Environmental Impact Statements
  • Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Plans
  • Climate Adaptation Planning

As regulatory agencies incorporate more mitigation and adaptation strategies into the compliance framework, we monitor the pulse of those changes enabling direct response to climate change impacts on any project, including planning and designing improvements to water, wastewater, and transportation facilities.


Identifying the need for environmental permitting in the initial stages of a project can substantially reduce costly permitting delays. We work closely with the Regional Water Quality Control Board, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the US Army Corps of Engineers early in the project’s environmental review and design phases, ensuring that potential mitigation costs are identified. Our experienced environmental staff coordinates the most favorable determinations for:

  • US Army Corps of Engineers Clean Water Act Section 404 permits
  • Regional Water Quality Control Board Section 401 Water Quality Certifications, NPDES Permits, Report of Waste Discharge Permits
  • Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act Compliance
  • CDFW Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreements (Section 1601)
  • State and Federal Endangered Species Consultation
  • Native American Tribal Consultation
  • Coastal Development Permits

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