Maya Grasse will be speaking on the panel “Wetlands, Animals, and Sensitive Habitats: Challenges and Opportunities for Project Proponents” at the 2019 Education Conference sponsored by the California Construction and Industrial Materials Association (CalCIMA). This panel will discuss how to determine what constitutes a wetland and how various endangered plant and animal habitats can impact potential projects. The panel will also provide updates on state and federal efforts to redefine “waters” that are subject to burdensome permitting regulations and declare vast swaths of land untouchable due to the presence (or even potential presence) of a protected species and its habitat. They will also discuss strategies for minimizing operational and project risks, including from environmental groups bringing citizen suits.
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