Ms. Eto is a Project Scientist and Biologist. She has 28 years of progressive experience in environmental analysis, biology, construction monitoring, and mitigation compliance. She is highly experienced in environmental permitting and compliance, environmental documentation, research, and analysis gained through a diversified array of public, private, and military projects from California to the Midwest. These projects include industrial facilities, residential development, infrastructure improvements, and transportation systems. She has completed several large and complex projects in Southern California involving environmental compliance monitoring and permitting, resource assessment, and construction environmental management for linear projects including highway, rail, and communication networks.
Working on such projects as the Transportation Corridor Agencies’ (TCA) Eastern Toll Road (ETC) construction project and Level(3) fiber optic network installation throughout Southern California, Donna was responsible for managing mitigation compliance and permitting throughout the construction phases of these large-scale projects. This effort involved mitigation compliance verification and documentation, reviewing daily biological and cultural monitoring reports, managing biological restoration and mitigation sites monitoring, erosion control compliance, liaison to regulatory agencies, contractors, and subconsultants, and preparation of construction compliance workbooks and biological close-out reports. Her work on environmental documents focused on biological resources and permitting requirements for development projects, master plans, and linear projects such as the Otay Water District Master Plan Programmatic EIR, and North County Transit Agency railroad bridge repair projects.
Donna has applied her diverse biological, technical, and compliance background to the preparation of environmental documents for development projects, general plan updates, and school planning projects, including Biological Technical Report for the City of Palm Springs and City of Ontario General Plan Updates. She also conducted third-party reviews of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) documents and supporting technical reports, focusing on biological issues. Donna has also participated in tribal consultation under SB 18 in association with the City of Highland General Plan Update.
Donna has recently provided technical support to the TCA including document reviews for capital improvement programs for the Eastern and San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridors; development of the mitigation monitoring and compliance program database for the Foothill Transportation Corridor-South; and biological technical support for the TCA’s existing mitigation sites. Currently, she is responsible for annual monitoring of restoration progress of the Big Canyon Golf Course wetland restoration and for the cactus salvage and translocation projects at Upper Chiquita Conservation Area and Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park in southern Orange County.