Get Out Your Trowel: Archaeological Resources Management from CEQA through Construction



Saturday, May 20, 2017
1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. CDT

San Francisco, CA, United States

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California and the San Francisco Bay Area are rich in cultural resources. This panel will bridge the gap between CEQA practitioners and cultural resources experts. Comprised of staff from the City of San Francisco, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., archaeological resources management from CEQA through construction will be discussed. The City of San Francisco will highlight their use of GIS to address San Francisco’s rich and complex archaeological record through an on-going project (the Archeo GIS Project) of developing individual map layers and associated databases for distinct archeological topics or time periods, for example, prehistoric, maritime, Hispanic Period, Overseas Chinese, etc. Relatedly, some of the peculiarities of San Francisco’s approach to archaeology will be discussed. The SFPUC will discuss their Preliminary Archaeological Checklist, a tool developed to prepare informed archaeological sensitivity assessments for Categorical Exemptions along with the role of SFPUC planners in project design to minimize impacts to archaeological resources. Far Western will discuss recent trends in archaeological studies conducted for CEQA regulated projects in California, touching on methods and approaches to site inventory/discovery, testing, and data recovery and treatment mitigation. The differing challenges and approaches that face archaeology in urban versus non-urban settings will be highlighted along with novel geoarchaeological and mitigative approaches to CEQA projects. Lastly, the SFPUC will share their experience implementing archaeological resource mitigation measures on several large- scale construction projects, including development of Archaeological Monitoring Plans, incorporating requirements into construction contract specifications, creative ways to minimize project schedule and budget risk during construction, and working with tribes during discoveries and on interpretive materials.






Sally Salzman Morgan

Sally Salzman Morgan (MA, SFSU), a Registered Professional Archaeologist and Environmental Project Manager with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, manages CEQA environmental review and conducts archaeological assessments. Her career has included employment as a federal agency archaeologist, independent archaeological consulting, 17 years with a large environmental and engineering firm ... Read More

Kim Stern Liddell

Kim Stern Liddell (M.S. Environmental Management) is the Environmental Construction Compliance Manager for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission in their Bureau of Environmental Management (BEM) Manager. Kim develops procedures for and oversees environmental compliance inspection and monitoring services during construction of the SFPUC’s projects. During the past ... Read More

Brian Byrd

Dr. Brian Byrd is professional archaeologist with more than 30 years of experience doing archaeological work in a variety of settings both in and outside the US, and is the author of more than 100 publications. He has extensive experience tackling challenging cultural resource management projects in California, including the ... Read More

Randall Dean

Randall Dean (MUP-UVA, MA-UNM) is senior archaeologist with the City and County of San Francisco Planning Department that reviews hundreds of projects per year for potential effects to archaeological resources, manages appropriate project or area-wide archaeological studies and archeological mitigation programs. He is part of a Department archaeology team engaged ... Read More

Karen Frye

Karen Frye is a CEQA Practitioner with over 20 years of experience. She has worked in both the private and public sector. As a Senior Environmental Project Manager with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Karen managed several CEQA projects for the SFPUC's Water System Improvement Project and is ... Read More

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