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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Mid-Basin Injection: Centennial Park Presentation

By Remi Candaele, M.S., P.E. In February 2018, the ASCE OC EWRI Committee welcomed Ben Smith, Project Manager at the Orange County Water District (OCWD), and Mike Tsoi and Erin Cabanero, who both served on the consultant design team, to speak on the Mid-Basin Injection at Centennial Park project.  Implementing the Mid-Basin injection system at Centennial Park is key because it will recharge the GWRS with 4 wells only, while reducing well pumping energy that would otherwise be consumed in conveyance to the Anaheim basins.

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Soft Doesn't Mean Easy

By Jeff Braun, P.E. Engineering involves math and science, right? Long enough ago that I don’t want to say how long ago it was, I was a high school student who enjoyed my physics and math classes more than the history and literature readings. I loved tinkering with mechanical toys and seeing how they worked, checking out bridges and buildings to see what kept them from falling down. I loved my drafting class, where I was able to create plans for a house I may want someday.

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Do You Believe in Luck?

By Jeff Braun, P.E. I had the opportunity to participate as part of industry panels for two of our Branch’s student chapters over the past couple of weeks, where we discussed how students can best position themselves for internships and career opportunities.  We discussed job search resources, developing a personal brand, networking, resume hints, and interviewing skills.  I was very impressed with the honesty students showed when sharing concerns and fears, and their motivation to invest the time and effort to best position themselves for their career.   The conversations between the attendees and panel members were inspiring, and led me to think back to my job search experiences.  I recall one of the interviews involved writing a short one-page response to a comment/question of my choosing from a list of options.  One of the questions jumped out to me right away: “Do you believe in Luck?”

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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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