Anza specializes in client-focused services, especially for more complicated regulatory environments such as water districts getting funding assistance from the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), which may include money from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. SWCRB has established CEQA-Plus for such projects, which is essentially CEQA, NEPA, and Section 106 of the NHPA combined. CEQA-Plus cultural resources studies require review by the California State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).
Similarly, cities or counties with road or bicycle/pedestrian trail projects may seek local assistance funding from the Federal Highway Administration as implemented by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). These projects require an expert who understands that the local assistance funding triggers a level of cultural resources reporting much greater than may be required for CEQA, and who can clearly explain the additional effort and costs associated with pursuing such funding. For example, if a project site is considered “sensitive” under CEQA, construction monitoring would not be adequate for SHPO approval under Section 106. A “sensitive” label would mean additional effort is required during the identification phase. Extended Phase I survey (i.e., exploratory excavation or vertical survey) may be necessary to determine the presence or absence of archaeological deposits, even in paved contexts.