About Us

UltraSystems was established in 1994 as a consulting practice specializing in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and to assist private industry and governmental agencies navigate environmental regulations.

The firm’s reputation as a problem-solver comes from our commitment to pragmatism, technical excellence and meticulous communication in servicing our clients. We are committed to successful project management, time management and timely delivery in every project that we undertake. Our firm prepares and reviews CEQA and NEPA compliance documents and supporting technical studies that include the following disciplines: air quality and greenhouse gas emissions, noise, biological, cultural, land use, socioeconomic, hydrology, water supply and aesthetics.

Our projects have ranged in complexity from categorical exemptions and categorical exclusions, to Negative Declarations (ND) and Mitigated Negative Declarations (MND), to full Environmental Impact Reports (EIR) and Environmental Impact Statements (EIS). Additionally, we process and deliver the necessary entitlements, project permits and approvals so that project development is not impeded.

Business Certifications

UltraSystems is certified with various federal, state and local agencies. Currently, the firm holds the following certifications:

  • Federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE).
  • Small Business Enterprise (SBE).
  • Woman-owned Business Enterprise (WBE).
  • Federal Woman-owned Small Business (WOSB).
  • Community Business Enterprise (CBE).

 

Firm Stability, Strength, and Credibility in Business for More than 20 Years

UltraSystems employs a diverse, multidisciplinary team of talented and experienced environmental planners, scientists, archaeologists, biologists, geologists, hydrologists, engineers, economists, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) specialists, and support staff to complete environmental analyses, CEQA and NEPA documents, technical studies, permits, and construction environmental monitoring to satisfy environmental laws and regulations from initial project planning through construction. By collaborating across scientific disciplines, UltraSystems delivers practical solutions to real environmental problems. UltraSystems offers clients creative solutions that emphasize resolution of environmental issues early in the planning process when the client has the greatest flexibility for design to avoid or minimize costly permitting and mitigation requirements.

UltraSystems has been providing consulting services to public and private sector clients throughout California since the founding of the firm in 1994. Since then, the firm has prepared over 4,000 environmental reports, engineering studies or technical studies for clients. UltraSystems continues to specialize in providing comprehensive services, emphasizing quality and client-oriented service.

UltraSystems’ team of working professionals offers the highest level of experience, knowledge and commitment in providing environmental and engineering services. Our purpose is to manage each project we undertake efficiently, with respect to the project’s work scope, budget and schedule; ultimately producing and delivering quality work product for that project.

 

Meeting Client Expectations

UltraSystems has a long history of providing technological innovation and creative approaches to solving challenging issues. Our clients have relied on UltraSystems to keep them in compliance with federal, state and local environmental laws, regulations and guidelines. The majority of our work stems from repeat customers who trust us to deliver scientific objectivity, environmental expertise, and legally-defensible technical documents, required to meet stringent agency regulations.

UltraSystems’ CEQA/NEPA documents have never been successfully challenged in a court of law. This is a direct result of our proven expertise interpreting and advising our clients on complex environmental legislation and regulations.

 

Regulatory Understanding

One of our main goals is to help our clients stay in compliance with environmental rules, laws, and regulations and with license requirements and regulatory permits while also helping to protect the natural environment. Our staff is experienced following the requirements of federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, statutes, guidelines, and regulations, including:

  • Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA).
  • Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zoning Act (A-P Act).
  • American Indian Religious Freedom Act (AIRFA).
  • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
  • Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA).
  • Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA).
  • California: Fish and Game Codes, State Health and Safety Codes, and Public Resources Codes.
  • California Clean Air Act (CCAA).
  • California Desert Native Plants Act (CDNPA).
  • California Endangered Species Act (CESA).
  • CEQA.
  • Federal Clean Air Act (CAA).
  • Federal Clean Water Act (CWA).
  • Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA).
  • NEPA.
  • Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA).
  • National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).
  • Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).
  • Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act.

 

Hands-on Expertise with Regulatory Agencies

Our understanding of the regulatory processes has helped create a good working relationship with the following federal, state, regional, and local agencies:

  • California Air Resources Board (ARB).
  • California Coastal Commission (Coastal Commission or CCC).
  • California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).
  • California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle).
  • California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).
  • California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA).
  • Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC).
  • Federal Energry Regulatory Commission (FERC).
  • Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC).
  • National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).
  • Regional Water Quality Control Boards (RWQCBs).
  • South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD).
  • State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO).
  • State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB).
  • United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).
  • United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
  • United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).
  • United States Forest Service (USFS).

Our respected working relationships with these regulatory agencies are advantageous for our clients to swiftly obtain required permits and project approvals. Our firm has conducted interagency coordination at varying levels of detail and complexity on behalf of clients.

“I will personally make sure that the hard work and effort that UltraSystems has shown with the expedited San Diego Creek request is reflected in the scoring/evaluation, and that UltraSystems will definitely move up in the ranking.”

– Vinh Tran, P.E., Civil Engineer
Project Management, RDMD
County of Orange

“Betsy, indeed it was a pleasure working with you and the staff of UltraSystems over the last three years.  You folks did a very good job for us under the ENO70 contract.  You were always very responsive, technically proficient and reasonable in costs.  You have played a major role in facilitating Metro's construction program.  I will look forward to the opportunity to work with you again in the future.”

– Carl Peter Ripaldi
Principal Environmental Specialist
Metropolitan Transportation Authority

“I really appreciate the hard work and the quality of work that you and your staff at UltraSystems do.  Over the past few years, I have been very impressed with UltraSystems' work ethics, comprehensiveness, thoroughness of documents, and responsiveness to clients' and communities' needs.”

– Dr. Robert Manford, Ph. D, REA
Senior Planner, Environmental Review Unit
Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles

“Throughout the years and the numerous projects that you and your staff have worked on for our Department, it has always been a great working relationship.  I genuinely respect your technical knowledge and professionalism in the outstanding work that was provided.  I look forward to continued success in working together on future projects.”

– Sarah D. Scott
Programs Development Division
Los Angeles County Department of Public Works

“This message is to convey my sincere gratitude to UltraSystems during the processing of the additional CEQA environmental documentation for the Sunshine Canyon Landfill in Los Angeles County.  You and your staff were always professional, knowledgeable, and timely in the assistance you brought to the preparation of a circulated Addendum to both the City of Los Angeles and the County for previous EIRs on the landfill, a very controversial project.”

– Daryl Koutnik
Managing Principal, Biological Sciences, Supervising Regional Planning
LA County Department of Regional Planning

“With the large-scale project and the monitoring effort necessary to comply with state and local requirements as well as standard construction monitoring issues, UltraSystems was able to react quickly to the project’s needs with augmented staff as necessary.”

– Gary Sycalik
Resident Engineer, Owens Lake Dust Mitigation Project Phase 7
KDG Development & Construction Consulting

“Once provided with the Notice to Proceed, UltraSystems performed their environmental services with minimal technical direction.  All work was performed as required in a method that promoted accuracy, responsiveness, cost-effectiveness, and timely Caltrans approval for projects with Federal Funding.”

– Bill Zimmerman, P.E., T.E., PTOE
President
W.G. Zimmerman Engineering

“Not only has the performance of work been outstanding, I personally have found the staff with UltraSystems to be very pleasant and easy to work with.  I would highly recommend the services of UltraSystems to other agencies.”

– Cary Brockman
Director, Facilities Planning
Capistrano USD

Project: Narco Channel Report, “I find the report exciting, fascinating and awesome.”

– Rory Paster
Permit Manager, Regulatory Permits Section
OC Public Works

“I want to take my hat off to you and your team.  Completing these reports and submitting them on time is a huge milestone for our entire Anaheim to Los Angeles team!”

 David M. Thomson, PE
Vice President
STV Incorporated

“It was a pleasure working with UltraSystems on the Arlington Heights Sports Park environmental process.  Your professionalism, responsiveness and technical proficiency was a great asset in helping the City of Riverside complete the initial study, MND, and other CEQA documentation.  We look forward to working with you in the future.”

– Randy McDaniel
Project Manager, Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department
City of Riverside

“UltraSystems participated in a flawless job in preparing an impenetrable (by legal action) CEQA document for the Sunshine Canyon Landfill project in the County of Los Angeles.”

– Daryl Koutnik
Supervising Regional Planning, Impact Analysis Section
Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning

“You did an excellent job protecting the public's interest and University's concern with costs.”

– Steinar Sire
University of California, Irvine

“UltraSystems has consistently performed at a very high level, producing work of the highest caliber.  We have found them to approach their work with a positive “can-do” attitude.  For the AMLI Uptown Orange project, UltraSystems prepared a thorough MND under extreme time pressures without sacrificing quality or detail.”

– Mark Hickner, AICP
Planning and Entitlement Director
KTGY Group, Inc.

“Thank you for putting together the “Jurisdictional Waters and Upland Habitats Impact Table” for the Huntington Bridges Preventive Maintenance Project.  I thought it was very well thought out and very easy to understand – even for an engineer!  Thank you for your perseverance on this project.”

– Jonathan Claudio
Project Engineer
City of Huntington Beach

“Your staff was diligent and consciences in completing the scope of work on time and within budget.  The IUSD thanks UltraSystems for your effort and professionalism.”

– Ana Gonzalez
Supervisor, Facilities Planning
Irvine USD

“The work UltraSystems provided was delivered and completed in a professional manner, on time and within budget.  Their efforts and service were greatly appreciated, and the District would be most receptive to future opportunities to do business with them again.”

– Keith Matsuo
Director, Facilities & Construction
Alhambra USD

“To date, we have retained UltraSystems as an environmental consultant on high profile projects, and will continue to do so as we are confident in their technical abilities and knowledge.”

– Cary Brockman
Director, Facilities Planning
Capistrano USD

“The rigorous environmental and regulatory planning and permitting procedure is much more manageable with UltraSystems’ participation and guidance.”

– Rory Paster
Environmental Engineering Specialist, Projects & Regulatory Permits Unit
OC Public Works

“UltraSystems played a crucial role in obtaining a conditional use permit…in a timely, cost effective and professional manner.”

– Michael Francis
Attorney at Law
Demetriou, Del Guercio, Springer & Francis, LLP

“UltraSystems’ staff is professional, provides reports in a timely manner, and is responsive to any inquires or requests from City and County staff.”

– Maria Masis, AICP
Supervising Planner
LA County Regional Planning

“The City of Dana Point has enjoyed a positive working relationship with UltraSystems over the last several years.  UltraSystems demonstrated both professionalism and responsiveness to City staff throughout the duration of the project.  Ultimately, a very comprehensive and defensible EIR was produced, which was well received within the community.”

– Erica Demkowicz, AICP
Senior Planner
City of Dana Point

“Caltrans District 12 environmental reviewer seemed favorably impressed with your work, and specifically asked me for the name of the consultant who prepared the PES.  So yes, I think we would very much like to work with your organization again.”

– Sean Nazarie, P.E.
Director of Engineering
CNC Engineering

“For each of these tasks, your staff was responsive to our needs, and completed quality work in an efficient and professional manner.  The dedication and work effort to accommodate the District schedules and deadlines are much appreciated.  Each task was completed with the approved budgets.”

– John Eclevia
Director, FMOT
Los Alamitos USD

“Professional service to address immediate needs onsite.  Excellent services; would use again in the future.”

– Steven Ross
Project Manager
Everstrong Construction

“I have always been very happy with the services by UltraSystems to our Planning Group here at Willdan.  We will certainly keep you at the top of the list of biological resources subconsultants (although we know you have service capabilities in many additional areas).”

– Dean Sherer, AICP, ENV SP
Director of Planning
Willdan Engineering

“Contractor attentive to on-the-ground requirements, committed to avoiding concerns related to habitat sensitivity, application of pesticides, etc.  Public outreach component was well executed and helped to avoid potential issues.”

– Daniel Sulzer
Assistant Chief, Planning Division
CPARS–USACE