Senior Project Manager

Education


Graduate Studies in Environmental Policy and Planning, California State University, Fullerton

B.A. in Environmental Studies, minor in Biology, California State University, Dominguez Hills

Contact


Email: kstrain@meridianconsultantsllc.com

Direct: (805) 367-5729

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Kelene Strain


Affiliations


American Planning Association

About


Ms. Strain is a land use and environmental planner with 15 years of diverse experience in planning, environmental analysis, and mitigation and conservation banking. Throughout her career she has successfully managed and aided in the preparation and coordination of environmental documentation in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), National Environmental Policy Act, and Tribal Environmental Policy Act. These environmental documents include Program and Project Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs), Supplemental EIRs, Focused EIRs, Addendums to EIRs, Environmental Assessments, Mitigation Monitoring Plans and Reports, Initial Studies, and Mitigated Negative Declarations (MNDs). Ms. Strain’s range of project experience includes large-scale general plans; redevelopment plans; specific plans; high-density and transit-oriented development; schools, parks, and recreation facilities and trails; residential developments; hospital facilities, renewable energy projects, commercial and retail complexes, casinos, and coastal resort hotels.

Ms. Strain also has experience in obtaining regulatory permit approvals from the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), US Forest Service (USFS), Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB), and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries. She possesses experience in biological surveying, and wetland delineation and restoration, and mitigation banking compliance efforts that deliver regulatory permits and approvals, including Prospectuses, Operation and Management Plans, and Bank Entitlement Instruments.Ms. Strain has worked closely with CDFW, the California Department of Parks and Recreation, and Orange County Parks as a volunteer wetland scientist and naturalist at both Bolsa Chica State Beach and Upper Newport Bay (Back Bay). Her efforts have included wildlife surveys, habitat restoration, trail maintenance and restoration, water quality monitoring, and environmental education and public outreach.