Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI)

The EWRI Orange County Chapter (EWRI OC) allows our members to interact with other professionals in the environmental, water, and wastewater areas of civil engineering.  We regularly send active Orange County branch members to EWRI Congresses held on a annual bases across the country.  We hope the Orange County Branch members will learn new ideas and find interesting speaker topics that we can bring back to our local branch members.  EWRI OC focuses on surface and storm water, and periodically holds joint events with the Orange County Branch to cover subjects regarding drinking water, sewage treatment, and environmental issues during branch general meetings.  The Orange County Branch and the EWRI OC work together to provide continuing educations events that are relevant EWRI members. We hope you will come out and participate in our institute and work with us to build a strong organization.

The 2016-2017 EWRI-OC Board of Directors

Chair – Remi Candaele, PE
Secretary – Jennifer Marks
Treasurer – Jenny Robinet
Event Coordinator – Roger Chung
Outreach Coordinator – Chad Ballard
YMF Liaison/Newsletter – Daniela Malott
Past Chair – Jose Cruz, PE

History

EWRI OC has been very successful ever since it was founded in 1991.  EWRI OC was originally incorporated as a Hydrology and Hydraulics Technical Group under the by-laws of ASCE Los Angeles Section, but later moved under the auspices of the ASCE Orange County Branch.  In 2012 the former Orange County Branch Hydrology and Hydraulics Technical Group became a chapter of EWRI.  At present the EWRI OC organizes bimonthly programs and attracts over 50 professionals working in the field of hydrology, hydraulics, and related areas.

Below in the Related News section are some articles from past events.  For more information contact [email protected]

Contacts

Remi Candaele, PE
EWRI OC Chair
Huitt-Zollars, Inc.
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Phone: 949-988-5815


Jennifer Marks
EWRI OC Secretary


Jenny Robinet
EWRI OC Treasurer


Roger Chung
EWRI Event Coordinator


Chad Ballard
EWRI Outreach Coordinator


Daniela Malott
EWRI YMF Liaison/Newsletter


Jose Cruz, PE
EWRI Past Chair


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Related News

Notification for 2017

The ASCE Orange County Branch invites you and your organization to nominate projects and individuals that you believe should be recognized for their professional engineering achievements.

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Natural Valley Procedure for Hydraulic Analysis and Floodplain Mapping of Non-Accredited Levee Systems Using HEC-RAS 2-D

By: Roger Chung, PE In the August luncheon, Dr. Dragi Stefanovic of Tetra Tech, Inc., presented a new procedure for hydraulic analysis and floodplain mapping of “Without Levee” (Natural Valley) conditions in accordance with latest FEMA guidelines for Analysis and Mapping of Non-Accredited Levee Systems. An unsteady hydraulic model (HEC-RAS) is developed to analyze flows in the main river, while two-dimensional flood routing (HEC-RAS 2-D) is utilized for the floodplain mapping on the landward side of a levee. The advantages and challenges of the new approach are discussed with special emphasis on the long awaited HEC-RAS Version 5.0 featuring a two-dimensional modeling component.

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Regulatory Challenges to Operating and Maintaining MWD Infrastructure

By Jennifer Marks In December, the ASCE OC EWRI Committee welcomed Deidre West, Senior Environmental Specialist at Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD), for a special presentation on the Regulatory Challenges to Operating and Maintaining MWD Infrastructure. Ms. West began the presentation with an overview of MWD as the largest wholesale water agency in the United States, and detailed the role of the Environmental Planning Section (EPS) which she manages. 

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Professional Development is NOT Optional

By Jeff Braun, P.E. As Civil Engineers, we are members of a profession, not a “job” or a “trade”.  As such, we are held to a higher standard by society and our peers.  As with other professions, such as doctors, teachers, and architects, engineers are expected to maintain their level of expertise and keep up with the latest state of the practice through continued learning and professional development. It is too easy to get lost in the weeds of the daily grind, focusing on publishing the next deliverable. Before you know it, you’re ten years down the road and you aren’t aware of the latest research, software, or modeling methods; putting you at a significant disadvantage to others in the industry.

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Tech Tour of OCWD Groundwater Replenishment System

By Remi Candaele, M.S., P.E. The ASCE OC EWRI Committee was invited by the Orange County Water District (OCWD) to tour the Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS), also known as the world’s largest purification system for indirect potable use.  A group of 45 attendees was received by Michael Markus, General Manager, and Sandy Scott-Roberts, who serves of the GWRS Program Manager.  The project has garnered more than 40 awards by multiple professional organization, including the ASCE National Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award.

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History and Heritage Night / Student Scholarship Night December 2017

By Jeff Braun, P.E. Civil Engineers from throughout Orange County, and beyond, recognized the contributions of our experienced engineers and the dedication of the upcoming generation at the ASCE Orange County History & Heritage and Student Scholarship Night on November 16, 2017.  Attendees arrived to the red carpet at the Marconi Auto Museum, mingling amongst classic race cars and high-end vehicles. We had a beautiful evening to reconnect with friends, meet new ones, and have a lot of fun.

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