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 – Roger Chung, PE
Treasurer – Bita Sadri, PE
Director At Large – Chad Ballard
Director At Large – Robert Henderson, PE
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


Roger Chung, PE
EWRI OC Secretary


Bita Sadri, PE
EWRI OC Treaserer


Chad Ballard
EWRI OC Director At Large


Robert Henderson, PE
EWRI OC Director At Large


Jose Cruz, PE
EWRI Past Chair


Committee Files

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