Links to More Information

Federal Government

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the federal agency responsible for protection, conservation and management of non-marine plants and animals. This includes administering the Endangered Species Act and managing the national wildlife refuge system and the 70 national fish hatcheries. More information at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website

National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries)

The National Marine Fisheries Service is the federal agency that is responsible for protection, conservation and management of marine plants and animals. This includes administering the Endangered Species Act for marine based plants and animals, such as coho salmon and steelhead. More information at the National Marine Fisheries website.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers is the civil engineering branch of the U.S. armed forces. The “Army Corps” is also responsible for flood protection along U.S. waterways and manages Section 10 of the Clean Water Act pertaining to dredging and filling of waterways. Any project proposing to place any concrete or earthen fill in a stream or river must obtain approval from the “Army Corps”. More information at the Army Corps of Engineers website.

U.S. Geological Survey

The United States Geologic Survey is a federal agency provides the public with scientific information about the earth, its living resources and other natural resources, natural hazards and the environment. More information at the USGS website.

State Government   

Land Use Planning Information Network

The Land Use Planning Information Network (LUPIN) is an internet based informational service of the California Resources Agency that supports land use and planning in the State and addresses many current land planning issues. More information at the LUPIN website.

California Geologic Survey

As a division of the State’s Department of Conservation, the California Geologic Survey is responsible for providing the public information on geologic resources and hazards (earthquake faults) within the State, including mapping of seismic hazard areas. More information at the CGS website.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife (formerly Fish & Game)

Formerly, the California Department of Fish and Game, the agency’s name was changed to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife on January 1, 2013 to recognize its true scope of responsibilities. The agency’s website includes information about conservation planning and endangered species in California. Projects proposing to modify a stream in any way, including the placement of fill, must obtain a Streambed Alteration Agreement from this agency. More information at the California Fish and Wildlife website.

Office of Planning and Research

Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (“State Clearinghouse”) is the state’s  planning agency, primarily dealing with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and land use General Plans. The agency’s website provides a plethora of information on CEQA, including proposed and recently enacted amendments to the Act. It also provides information on planning, zoning and development laws including what is required for City and County General Plans. More information at the OPR website.

Organizations and Business

American Institute of Architects

The American Institute of Architects is the voice of the architecture profession. This site will help you determine how to select an architect as well as give you tips on how to work with an architect. More information at the Institute of Architects website.

California Association of Environmental Professionals

The California Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP) is a non-profit organization of professionals working to improve their skills as environmental and resource managers within California. AEP is dedicated to the enhancement, maintenance and protection of the natural and human environment. This website includes links to the various AEP regional chapters around the State, including the Monterey Bay Area Chapter and the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. More information can be found at the AEP website.

National Association of Environmental Professionals

The National Association of Environmental Professionals is a multidisciplinary association dedicated to the advancement of the environmental professions in the U.S. and abroad. It has chapters in each state. The website includes information on certification as an environmental professional. More information at the National AEP website.

American Planning Association

The American Planning Association is a nonprofit public interest and research organization committed to urban, suburban, regional, and rural planning. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, advance the art and science of planning to meet the needs of people and society in the USA. More information at the APA website.

California Native Plant Society

The California Native Plant Society is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the public’s better understanding of native plants and their importance to our environment. CNPS is one of the best informational sources on California native trees, shrubs and groundcover. More information at the Native Plant Society website.

American Society of Professional Engineers

General information on the engineering profession from the American Society of Professional Engineers. More information at the Society of Professional Engineers website.

U.S. Green Building Council

The U. S. Green Building Council is the non-profit organization that promotes green building construction practices in the United States and has formulated the checklist and certification program under the name of LEED which  certifies construction as “green” or sustainable. LEED is the acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. More information at the USGBC website.