FMA 2018

The cbec team had a blast last week at the Floodplain Management Association‘s annual conference in Reno, NV. This year’s theme was “Sustainability in the Face of Change.” cbec strives to be on the forefront of new methodology and technology to enable us to provide the most appropriate solutions for our clients. This dedication earned us four spots on the conference roster this year.

Chris Bowles did double duty as a panelist on the “Nature’s Place in Engineering – Ecosystems Restoration For Floodplain Resiliency” panel, as well as presenting a technical session on “Floodplain Rehabilitation for Multiple Species on the Fringe of the Delta: Maximizing Ecological Function and Mitigation Credits.” The panel stressed the need for ecological approaches to floodplain management, which work with nature and prioritize functional ecosystems, and lead to projects that provide critical services during flood events.

April Sawyer presented her technical session, “Process-based restoration to benefit juvenile salmonids on the Lower Yuba River: The Hallwood Side Channel and Floodplain Restoration Project.” The Hallwood project was designed to restore and enhance ecosystem processes, focusing on juvenile rearing fall and spring-run Chinook Salmon and California Central Valley Steelhead.

Sam Diaz delivered a technical session entitled “Planning and Implementation Lessons Learned from an Award-Winning Urban Stream Restoration: Cordova Creek Naturalization Project.” Our Cordova Creek Naturalization Project converted approximately 3,500 feet of concrete-lined stream into a vibrant, thriving ecosystem that has quickly been adopted by the community as a valuable amenity.

And lastly we have Matthew Weber, with his technical session on the exciting work we’ve been performing locally in the Lower American River, “2008-2017 Topographic Change Analysis and HEC-RAS 2D Modeling of the Lower American River.” This project focuses on developing a suite of HEC-RAS 2D models to assess river and floodplain habitat conditions, flood water levels, and erosion potential within the lower American River, as well as collection of topo-bathymetric LiDAR data to create a current conditions digital elevation model.

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