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Dogwood Drip

Lauren Huff

Senior Biologist

Lauren Huff recently joined TRA as a Senior Biologist bringing her fourteen years of experience as a wildlife ecologist and biologist to the firm. Ms. Huff is competent in Endangered Species Act consultation. She has experience preparing CEQA and NEPA documents, wetland delineation reports, Biological Assessments, vegetation monitoring plans, wind energy farm monitoring reports, as well as permit applications for the United States Army Corps of Engineers, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Regional Water Quality Control Board.

Ms. Huff has worked as a project manager for a variety of clients on large linear projects throughout California. She has extensive knowledge of federal and state regulations including the Clean Water Act, Porter Cologne Act, Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and Fish and Game Code.

Ms. Huff is skilled in wildlife identification, reconnaissance-level site surveys, habitat assessments, nesting bird surveys and monitoring, wetland delineations, construction monitoring and compliance, mitigation monitoring, wind energy farm monitoring, and vegetation and wildlife monitoring. She has experience surveying for nesting birds, bats, and a variety of special-status species including California red-legged frog, California tiger salamander, Swainson’s hawk, burrowing owl, western pond turtle, San Joaquin kit fox, desert tortoise, western snowy plover, San Francisco dusky-footed wood rat, among others. Ms. Huff has a 10(a)(1)(A) Recovery Permit for monitoring western snowy plover.

Highlights


Served as Project Manager for the reconductoring of a 16 mile transmission line in San Juan Bautista and Monterey counties. Planned and implemented nesting bird surveys, San Joaquin kit fox and American badger surveys, bald and golden eagle surveys, and burrowing owl surveys. Prepared and presented environmental trainings for supervisors and construction crews. Conducted and managed environmental inspection during construction to ensure compliance with the permit conditions. Coordinated with and prepared reports for the permitting agencies during and after construction. Planned and implemented the restoration and the vegetation monitoring for the project.

Served as Project Manager for the annual maintenance of transmission towers throughout the San Francisco Bay. Prepared and managed the preparation of the Joint Aquatic Resources Permit Applications for the United States Army Corps of Engineers, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Regional Water Quality Control Board, and San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission. Prepared and managed the preparation of the Biological Assessments for the United Stated Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service. Sensitive species considered included California least tern, western snowy plover, California clapper rail, salt marsh harvest mouse, North American green sturgeon, and Central California Coast steelhead. Coordinated with the resource agencies to secure permits for construction. Planned and implemented the biological monitoring for the construction portion of the project. Coordinated with the resource agencies regarding project changes or to amend permit applications. Lead and participated in resource agency negotiations to determine the appropriate mitigation measures for project impacts to sensitive species. Planned and implemented the vegetation monitoring portion of the project.

Prepared a Supplemental Jurisdictional Delineation Report and a Biological Resources Technical Report for the expansion of an existing substation in Los Angeles County. Performed hydrological and biological resource surveys to verify and identify potential wetland and water features under the jurisdiction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Regional Water Quality Control Board, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife, as well as to identify the potential for special-status species. Coordinated with the United States Army Corps of Engineers regarding jurisdictional waters associated with the project. Planned and implemented the surveys and research for an Approved Jurisdictional Determination Report.

Conducted wetland delineations and jurisdictional water assessments for the reconductoring of approximately 39 miles of 230 kilovolt conductor along two transmission line segments, as well as tower modifications and replacements, in Contra Costa and Alameda counties. Prepared the wetland delineation report and the Section 404 Nationwide Permit application for submittal to the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Assisted in the preparation of a Biological Assessment for submittal to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the preparation of the Biological Resources section of the Mitigated Negative Declaration for submittal to the California Public Utilities Commission.

Project manager for the post-construction vegetation monitoring at two repair sites along an existing pipeline in Contra Costa County. Coordinated with the Regional Water Quality Control Board regarding the strategy for restoring the repair sites to pre construction conditions in order to meet the success criteria in the 401 Water Quality Certification. Managed the preparation of the Annual Report to the Regional Water Quality Control Board documenting post-construction vegetative conditions.

Prepared the Biological Resources section of the Proponent’s Environmental Assessment for submittal to the California Public Utilities Commission for the relocation of an existing substation and modification of associated transmission lines in the City of Chula Vista, California. Conducted a field reconnaissance survey to assess habitat and confirm the likelihood of special-status species in the project area. Responded to data requests from the California Public Utilities Commission regarding biological resources. Reviewed and provided comments on the Biological Resources section of the Draft Environmental Impact Report. Assisted in the preparation of and reviewed the Section 7 consultation letters for submittal to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

Conducted a wetland delineation for the modification of approximately existing steel lattice towers and reconductoring of approximately 27 miles of double-circuit conductor in the City of Antioch and the City of Orinda, California. Prepared a wetland delineation report for submittal to the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

Managed the post-construction reporting for a 3-year-long avian and bat mortality study for an approximately 2,400-acre wind farm located in Contra Costa County. Analyzed data for avian and bat mortality surveys and avian use and abundance surveys and prepared a 3-year, post-construction avian and bat mortality technical report for the project. Coordinated closely with the Technical Advisory Committee during the preparation of the report. Results from this report will be used to guide additional repowering projects in the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area.

Conducted avian surveys and prepared permit applications for numerous wind energy farms in Iowa and Minnesota.

Educational Background


University of Minnesota, Saint Paul
Master of Science, Conservation Biology

University of California, San Diego
Bachelor of Science, Animal Behavior and Neuroscience

Permits and Certifications


California Department of Fish and Wildlife Scientific Collecting Permit

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Memorandum of Understanding Western Snowy Plover

Western Snowy Plover 10(a)(1)(A) Recovery Permit

Desert Tortoise Council’s Handling and Monitoring Certification
Wetland Delineation Certification