President's Message - Professional Development is NOT Optional

By Jeff Braun, P.E.

As Civil Engineers, we are members of a profession, not a…

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Secretary's Column - Why Civil Engineering Matters

By Clint Isa, P.E.

I imagine that, as civil engineers, we all started with noble…

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Sustainability Committee - The State of Sustainability 2017, Orange County

Welcome to American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE-OC) Sustainability Committee’s State of Sustainability 2017 Report…

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In This Issue

President's Message - 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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Secretary's Column - Why Civil Engineering Matters

By Clint Isa, P.E. I imagine that, as civil engineers, we all started with noble ambitions when we realized that this profession would be our calling. Sometimes, oftentimes, it’s easy to lose sight of the impact of our work when it seems like everyone around us is so focused on deadlines and budgets.  That is where perspective and the human element come in. You can find perspective anywhere.   Sometimes, perspective will find you, instead. Of course, perspective might also be right under your nose.

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Sustainability Committee - The State of Sustainability 2017, Orange County

Welcome to American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE-OC) Sustainability Committee’s State of Sustainability 2017 Report - a comprehensive picture of how sustainability is being approached by a wide range of organizations and agencies in Orange County.   This was a tremendous effort on behalf of the Sustainability Committee!  Continue reading to find the Executive Summary and link to the entire report.

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ASCE OC YMF - GWRS & Anaheim Recharge Basins Technical Tour

By Josue Candelario One of the biggest questions for Orange County today is how will we meet our water demand tomorrow? The Orange County Water District (OCWD) is the public agency tasked with tackling this problem and has looked at OC’s existing groundwater basins as part of the solution. This public agency is the leading water authority for the OC Groundwater Basin, the Santa Ana River, and the Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS). Find out more about the tour of the GWRS facility, the Anaheim Recharge Basins, and why the Santa Ana River has snakelike berms in the middle of it. 

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ASCE OC EWRI - 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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YMF - WRYMC Las Vegas 2018

By: Cameron Lancaster, E.I.T. What is WRYMC? The Western Regional Younger Member Council (WRYMC) is the portion of the annual Multi-Region Leadership Conference (MRLC) for younger members and Younger Member Groups within ASCE's Western Region (Regions 8 and 9).

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ASCE Region 9 Transportation Committee Legislative Day

By Elizabeth Ruedas, PE,  CSI, Env SP, LEAD GA On Thursday, April 6, the State Legislature passed SB 1 (Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017) allocating $52.4 billion in repairs and improvements to the state’s transportation system. This represents the most significant transportation funding package in a quarter century. On Wednesday, June 14, six members of the ASCE California (Region 9) Transportation Committee met with high-level transportation decision makers to thank them for their courageous leadership in passing SB 1, determine what this means for California moving forward, and identify ways that professional associations like ASCE can help. 

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ASCE Society - Honors and Awards Announcement

ASCE invites you to submit nominations for awards recognizing ASCE members as outstanding leaders and managers. Nominations are due by March 1, 2018.

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Publications Committee - Newsletter Information

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