Marine Sciences Campus Long-Range Development Plan EIR

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The University of California, Santa Cruz, is at the forefront of marine science research and education. The campus is located on the edge of the nation's largest marine sanctuary, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and is subject to stringent coastal planning restrictions. The long-range development plan for the marine sciences campus strives to balance the natural and built environments over time.

ESA prepared the EIR for the long-term marine science research campus development plan. The plan, which forecasts projects and improvements through 2020 on the 100-acre campus, required compliance with the California Coastal Act. The EIR analyzed impacts to wetlands and wildlife, visual quality, traffic and circulation, and stormwater runoff and water quality effects on the adjacent Younger Lagoon natural reserve, an environmentally sensitive wildlife habitat. The plan was subject to approval by both the Regents of the University of California and the California Coastal Commission.

The EIR was recognized by the Association of Environmental Professionals Outstanding Environmental Analysis Document Award.

Specialized Services

  • Coastal Zone Management Act
  • Development feasibility (constraints/opportunities, due diligence)
  • Environmental impact reports
  • Environmental scoping meetings
  • Geological and soils investigations
  • Rainfall-runoff modeling
  • Shoreline and coastal plans
  • Shoreline management plans
  • Special status species surveys and inventories
  • Traffic and parking studies
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Visual impact analyses
  • Visual simulations
  • Water quality analyses
  • Wetland assessments
  • Wetland delineations