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  • Beth Martinez Joins HELIX’s San Diego Team

    Beth Martinez Joins HELIX’s San Diego Team

    HELIX is excited to announce the addition of Beth Martinez, Biology Group Manager and Principal Regulatory Specialist, to our San Diego County offices in Carlsbad and La Mesa!   With over 20 years of experience, Beth has served in lead strategy and implementation roles for solving complex problems on behalf of clients and project teams, including consensus building and conflict resolution between client’s needs and local, state, and federal regulatory policies. She is particularly skilled …
  • HELIX’s Tammy Ching Named “Woman of the Week” by Women in Transportation (WTS)

    HELIX’s Tammy Ching Named “Woman of the Week” by Women in Transportation (WTS)

    On International Woman’s Day, HELIX’s Environmental Planning Division Manager, Tammy Ching was named a “Woman of the Week” by Women in Transportation (WTS). WTS San Diego is a local organization for transportation professionals and students interested in transportation careers. Their programs, events and communications aim to create tremendous connections, all in the name of helping women find opportunity and recognition in the transportation industry.   Read this Q&A with Tammy in the …
  • HELIX Participates in Women Build Habitat for Humanity Project

    HELIX Participates in Women Build Habitat for Humanity Project

    On May 13, 2017, HELIX’s very own Jasmine Bakker and Kelsey Anderson will come together with other women from the County of San Diego, Otay Water District, City of Chula Vista, the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge and others on a Habitat for Humanity affordable housing project in Barrio Logan. Aimed to help families build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter, Women Build offers an empowering, unique, fun, and positive …
  • HELIX Recognized for Mentoring Local, Small Businesses with Calmentor Award

    HELIX Recognized for Mentoring Local, Small Businesses with Calmentor Award

    HELIX’s mentorship of small businesses in the local architecture, engineering and environmental consulting industry was recognized on March 15, 2017 with the Calmentor Award for Outstanding Performance. This is the second consecutive year that HELIX has received this prestigious award. The Calmentor mentor-protégé program, overseen by Caltrans District 11 and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) in coordination with the American Council of Engineering Companies and City of San …
  • HELIX CEO Michael Schwerin Interviewed by The Zweig Letter

    HELIX CEO Michael Schwerin Interviewed by The Zweig Letter

    In early 2017, HELIX Chief Executive Officer, Michael Schwerin was interviewed by The Zweig Letter reporter, Liisa Andreassen.  Below is an excerpt from the article:   “In 2001, Michael Schwerin started as an assistant environmental planning group manager with HELIX (#4 Best Firm Environmental for 2016, Zweig Group) a 120-person firm based in La Mesa, California. Over time, his management responsibilities increased, and he went from assistant group manager to …
  • It’s Time to Schedule Sensitive Species Surveys

    It’s Time to Schedule Sensitive Species Surveys

    HELIX’s team of over 40 biologists is now kicking off the sensitive plant and animal spring survey season. Following multiple consecutive years of drought conditions and our recent abundant rain, it will be optimal for conducting surveys. Our staff, located throughout California, holds federal and state authorizations that qualify HELIX biologists to conduct a wide variety of focused species surveys.  We provide expertise in all aspects of biological consulting, including …
  • USACE Announces New Nationwide Permits

    USACE Announces New Nationwide Permits

    On January 6, 2017, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)  published notice in the Federal Register announcing reissuance of all 50 existing 2012 Nationwide Permits (NWPs), general conditions, and definitions under Clean Water Act Section 404 and Rivers and Harbors Act Section 10, with the addition of two new NWPs (NWP 53 and 54), one new general condition, and five new definitions. The 2017 NWPs were anticipated to go …
  • HELIX Expands Staff in Orange County

    HELIX Expands Staff in Orange County

    HELIX Environmental Planning welcomes Amir Morales, Principal Regulatory Specialist, and Ezekiel Cooley, Regulatory Specialist/Project Manager, to our Orange County office located in Irvine. This expansion allows HELIX to support Orange County, Los Angeles County, and the Inland Empire on a greater scale.   Leading our Orange County biology team, Amir brings 15 years of experience in issues pertaining to hydrology, environmental science, and regulatory permitting. He specializes in arid/wetland delineations; jurisdictional …
  • Planning Ahead for Fairy Shrimp Surveys

    Planning Ahead for Fairy Shrimp Surveys

    If vernal pools or ephemeral basins exist on your project site, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) protocol requires that a complete fairy shrimp survey be conducted. The fairy shrimp survey is required to span one wet season and one dry season. Caught off-guard, this has the potential to slow down your project.  Scheduling your wet season sampling in the same year as dry season sampling can expedite the …
  • Senior Fisheries Scientist, Tom Keegan, Joins HELIX Environmental Planning

    Senior Fisheries Scientist, Tom Keegan, Joins HELIX Environmental Planning

    We’re excited to announce the addition of Tom Keegan to HELIX’s Sacramento County office. Mr. Keegan has over 35 years of experience as a fisheries scientist/ecologist relative to water resources and environmental compliance. Also currently a Fellow and the President of the prestigious American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists (AIFRB), Mr. Keegan brings our clients and business partners a wealth of knowledge and experience related to fisheries and aquatic resource …
  • SR-11/Otay Mesa East Port of Entry Project Receives Funding

    SR-11/Otay Mesa East Port of Entry Project Receives Funding

      SANDAG announced that $49 million is coming to the San Diego region to complete Segment 2 of SR-11 in Otay Mesa along with two southbound connectors linking SR-905, SR-125, and SR-11. Aimed to help relieve chronic congestion along the San Diego-Tijuana border, the SR-11/Otay Mesa East Port of Entry Project, led by SANDAG and Caltrans, received this funding through the FASTLANE program. As of their announcement, the SR-11 project …
  • Environmental Compliance Services for Medical Cannabis Cultivation

    Environmental Compliance Services for Medical Cannabis Cultivation

    Established in 1991 and with offices in San Diego, Sacramento, Orange, and Riverside counties, HELIX provides a broad range of environmental and design services throughout California and the western United States. HELIX has extensive experience helping both public and private clients comply with environmental laws and regulations, manage natural and cultural resources, and design and construct sustainable projects.   With core service areas including the provision of environmental compliance documents …
  • HELIX Named in Top 5 “Best Firms to Work For” by ZweigGroup

    HELIX Named in Top 5 “Best Firms to Work For” by ZweigGroup

    HELIX Environmental Planning has been named as one of the 2016 Best Firms to Work For by ZweigGroup. Placing fourth in the environmental category for firms across the U.S. and Canada, HELIX is recognized for the ability to inspire teams to perform at their highest levels and create an environment where their people feel valued, can make a difference, and can clearly see their contribution to the overall mission and …
  • HELIX Recognized for Paul Ecke Garden Show Exhibit at San Diego County Fair

    HELIX Recognized for Paul Ecke Garden Show Exhibit at San Diego County Fair

    HELIX Environmental Planning was recognized for the design and installation of a native plant demonstration garden for the 2016 Paul Ecke, Jr. Garden Show – a component of the San Diego County Fair.   The educational exhibit, developed by HELIX’s habitat construction group in collaboration with HELIX biologists and marketing communications staff, features a vernal pool inspired landscape design with all native plants. Visitors can see a cross section of a …
  • HELIX Environmental Named a Finalist for San Diego’s 2016 Healthiest Companies

    HELIX Environmental Named a Finalist for San Diego’s 2016 Healthiest Companies

    HELIX Environmental Planning is excited and honored to be named a finalist for the San Diego Business Journal’s 2016 Healthiest Companies. The San Diego Business Journal describes these organizations as having excelled in “recruitment, retention and the bottom line by creating environments where their employees flourish, and the winners possess four characteristics: visible leadership support and involvement; significant investment in a wellness program; strategy for measuring the ROI; and a …
  • San Ysidro POE

    Panel Discussion on “San Diego/Tijuana Border Area in Transition” at CA AEP Conference

    Two international ports-of-entry (POEs), San Ysidro and Otay Mesa, currently link the U.S. and Mexico in the San Diego/Tijuana region. They serve as the gateway for all movement of people and goods in the largest urban area along the entire U.S. – Mexico border, with a combined population anticipated to grow from over four million to over 5.5 million by 2020.   The capacities of the existing POEs in the …
  • HELIX Environmental Planning Celebrates 25 Years with Additional Office Opening in Carlsbad

    HELIX Environmental Planning Celebrates 25 Years with Additional Office Opening in Carlsbad

    As we begin our 25th year, HELIX Environmental Planning is excited to announce the opening of our fifth office location. The North San Diego County office begins operations March 16, 2016. Located at 703 Palomar Airport Road in Carlsbad, California, this new location will allow HELIX to better serve North San Diego County and the surrounding areas.   HELIX CEO, Michael Schwerin, attributes this expansion to the recent growth HELIX …

 

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