Horizon Water and Environment, LLC (Horizon) is a multidisciplinary environmental consulting firm specializing in planning, watershed science, and environmental compliance for water and natural resource projects. We are experts in CEQA/NEPA, environmental laws, regulatory requirements, and permitting. Areas of technical expertise include impact evaluation, hydrology, geomorphology, water quality, water rights, stormwater management, streams, wetlands, biology, botany, ecology, air quality, climate change, habitat conservation, archeology, cultural resources, historic architecture, and ecosystem restoration.
Our clients include federal, state, and local agencies as well as private entities and nonprofit organizations. We specialize in working with water supply agencies, flood control districts, regional planning agencies, cities, counties, and the State of California.
Established in 2008, our main office is in Oakland, California, with a second office in Sacramento. Horizon has 25 employees and is a certified Small Business Enterprise by the California Department of General Services, Office of Small Business and DVBE Certification. We are also certified as a small, local business with Alameda County, the City of Oakland, and the Port of Oakland.
Our Work Approach
Our work begins with carefully understanding our client’s needs and objectives. From that basis we develop a workplan to meet our clients schedule and cost objectives. We take pride in producing clearly written and legally defensible environmental planning, analysis, and compliance documents. We use our technical experience, regulatory expertise, and exceptional communication skills to successfully achieve our clients’ objectives. Horizon excels at project management, honoring the project schedule, and maintaining project costs to contracted levels. We strive for practical solutions based on our analysis and evaluation of environmental conditions and data, both in the field and office.
We focus on the specific needs of our clients and bring a high level of dedication and responsiveness to all of our projects. We have staffing capacity to accomplish large projects with accelerated schedules. Our work is guided by the following fundamental principles:
- Careful listening and attention to client needs
- Practical solutions through innovation, creativity, and simplicity
- Rigorous scientific and professional quality standards
- Clearly written and legally defensible environmental planning, analysis, and compliance documents
- Complete project organization and management
- Honest and clear communication with clients and stakeholders
- Principal-level commitment to all projects
Our approach to developing environmental solutions is based on first understanding the natural, managed, or impacted system. This includes recognizing fundamental physical and biological processes including hydrology, geomorphology, water quality, biology/habitat, soil, geology, and climatic considerations. From this basis, sustainable water, land management, or infrastructure approaches are sought that achieve client needs while also protecting natural resources. Our proven success with environmental compliance and permitting is built on this deep understanding of natural systems and expertise with regulatory statutes and guidance.
Behind all of our work lies a profound respect for the wisdom and beauty of the natural world and a sense of shared responsibility for its protection.
A Recognized Leader
Horizon is known for developing environmentally sound approaches to implement and maintain water supply and flood management projects. We are a recognized leader for successful CEQA and permitting for flood management projects and developing award-winning stream maintenance programs. We have a record of permitting success with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Regional Water Quality Control Board.
Horizon is also known for its experience in conducting CEQA compliance for complex and controversial regional and statewide projects. We have led successful projects for many State of California agencies including the California Departments of Fish and Wildlife, Food and Agriculture, General Services, the Bureau of Cannabis Control, the Public Utilities Commission, the State Water Resources Control Board, and the California Highway Patrol. We are skilled at identifying and incorporating environmental requirements into agency regulations and programs, to streamline project (or program) implementation and minimize the need for subsequent CEQA documentation.