Dogwood Drip

Barbara Beard

Director of Environmental Analysis/Senior Project Manager

Ms. Beard is a TRA Senior Project Manager and Senior Analyst with over 20 years of experience in preparing documentation pursuant to NEPA and CEQA. As a Senior Project Manager she has directed the preparation of CEQA documents on a wide variety of projects including those for landfills and waste processing facilities, pipelines, linear recreational trails, concrete and asphalt recycling facilities, schools, a new county jail and other municipal infrastructure projects in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. She is skilled in working with clients and lead agencies to determine the scope and content of environmental analysis documents and guiding complex and controversial projects through the CEQA process. She provides technical expertise on a variety of work products, including constraints analyses, Initial Studies, EAs, EIRs/EISs.

In her capacity as the Director of Environmental Analysis at TRA, Ms. Beard directs staff in the technical analysis and preparation of environmental documents, provides quality control over environmental impact analysis work products, assigns staff to projects based on the required expertise needed for the project, and maintains contact with the client, project engineers, and the lead agency.


Senior Project Manager for the California Water Tank and Pump Station project IS/MND in Redwood City. Project involves the construction of a 0.75 million gallon water tank, a new pump station and over 2,000 feet of new water line. Project issues included aesthetic impacts to surrounding residences, construction in hillside setting, grading in asbestos containing soils and loss of oak trees.

Senior Project Manager for the Edgewood Canyon Subdivision Supplemental EIR for San Mateo County (2010 – 2011). Project involves 18,800 cubic yards of cut and importation of 50,885 cubic yards of fill creating geotechnical and visual impact concerns and inconsistency with San Mateo County Design Review Guidelines.

Senior Project Manager for the 3240 Scott Boulevard Restaurant Conditional Use Permit IS/ND in the City of Santa Clara 2011-2012.

Senior Project Manager for the Habitat for Humanity Environmental Assessment for a seven-unit subdivision in the City of Santa Clara (2012).

Senior Project Manager for two Sequoia Union High School District projects; Carlmont High School Usher Field Lights IS/MND in Belmont (2012) and the Transportation and Maintenance Facility Project IS/MND in Redwood (2012).

Senior Project Manager for the ACE Charter School IS/MND (2011). Project consisted of the construction of a new 473-student charter school serving middle school aged children in San Jose, California. Issues associated with this project included neighborhood traffic impacts and air quality impacts to the students from nearby highway traffic.

Senior Project Manager for the Maple Street Replacement Facility IS/MND for the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office (2010). Project involves relocating the existing correctional housing from several existing locations to a new 768-bed facility located in an industrial area of Redwood City. Environmental issues related to this project included constructing and operating a jail on a site with soil and groundwater contamination, inmate exposure to toxic air contaminants for a nearby highway, construction air emissions, inundation from sea level rise, and interior noise levels.

Senior Project Manager for the North Coast County Water District Water Transmission Pipeline IS/MND (2008 to present). Project assessed impacts of constructing a water pipeline to serve the Devil’s Slide Tunnels constructed by Caltrans on the San Mateo County coast. TRA also prepared a Biological Assessment in support of the Biological Opinion amendment through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and provided permitting assistance to obtain permits from the California Department of Fish and Game and Regional Water Quality Control Board. Potential environmental impacts associated with this project included potential take of the California red-legged frog and avoidance of impacts to wetlands and riparian habitats.

Prepared various sections of three different Initial Studies on charter schools for the Sequoia Union High School District.

Project Manager for the Concrete and Asphalt Recycling Facility Project IS/MND in the City of Half Moon Bay (2007). Environmental impacts associated with this project included air and noise impacts to an adjacent mobile home park, land use conflicts between proposed operation and adjacent land uses, and overall design and operation of the facility to ensure conformance with waste handling regulations and to prevent operational impacts.

Prepared sections of the Harmony@1/Roberts Road Subdivision EIR for the City of Pacifica. The project consists of Planned Development on two parcels comprising 65 acres. The primary issues of concern addressed in the EIR are visual impacts on coastal views, loss of heritage trees, presence of special-status species, and contributions to poor traffic conditions on Highway 1.

Prepared various sections of two separate IS/MNDs for the Stevens Creek Trail in the City of Cupertino. This project includes an all-weather surface trail along the entire 1.6 mile corridor, upgrade of existing and installation of new park facilities, new environmental education center, realignment and restoration of Stevens Creek to its historic channel in three major places, and extensive habitat restoration. The primary environmental concerns addressed are cultural/historical resources, biological resources, and hydrology.

Project Manager for the Guadalupe Landfill Materials Recovery Facility IS/MND.

Project Manager for the constraints analysis and detailed Initial Study for the City of San Jose portion of the San Francisco Bay Trail. Directed the preparation of a constraint analysis designed to highlight potential environmental impacts so that the public and local, regional and federal agencies whose lands the trail would cross would be able to understand the details of the project and identify environmental conflicts. Directed the preparation of a comprehensive Initial Study on the project, once the trail route was developed. Contributing author on other trail projects including several reaches of the Stevens Creek Trail in the City of Cupertino, the reach of the Stevens Creek Trail in the City of Santa Clara, and a Class II bike lane project along San Juan Highway in San Benito County.

Project Manager for an Addendum to the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve Master Plan EIR for San Mateo County and an IS/EA for a water pipeline project to serve the new Caltrans Devil’s Slide tunnels just south of Pacifica.

Educational Background

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Bachelor of Science, Natural Resource Policy & Management