February 2018 Print

President's Message

I have always been impressed with the energy, creativeness, and activity level of the Sacramento Section Younger Member Forum (YMF).  I have come to admire this group greatly, and I’m proud to showcase them this month in the Engineerogram.  Successful YMF events this past year include:

  • Technical Symposium – The symposium was a great new event organized and by Sacramento YMF. The symposium allowed engineering students and working professionals to network over food and drinks before the presentations. The presentations from YMF members were short technical talks about new innovative ideas and techniques in civil engineering. Students were able to presented their Mid-Pac research topics and get feedback for their competition. 

  • Dream Big Movie Premier –Sacramento YMF invited colleagues, friends, and families of all ages to join them for the Dream Big movie premier they hosted in the heart of downtown Sacramento. The premier included several Civil Engineering themed activities aimed towards K-12 students prior to the showing. The event was a box office hit as the YMF managed to sell out the entire Esquire IMAX theatre!

  • Sacramento Rivercats Minor League Baseball Game- For the sixth year in a row, YMF organized a group outing to the ballpark for members, friends, and family members (members of the section stopped by too!). This continues to be a great social and member recruiting event.  

I asked YMF President Nelson Tejada where he sees the YMF going in the coming year, and this was his response.  “Sacramento YMF will continue building on our relationships with the local ASCE student chapters by offering scholarships, resume workshops and PE review courses. Additionally, expect a few new events from YMF involving technical tours of some of the most impressive civil engineering facilities on the west coast found right here in the Sacramento region. We are actively working on nailing down dates and times so be on the lookout for those announcements in the next few months!”

I extend a sincere congratulation to the YMF on their collective success.  Our Section is fortunate to benefit from having YMF as part of our operations and identity.  You can help YMF raise funds for leadership training and general resources by encouraging a younger engineer to attend classes for the California-specific PE exams (Seismic Principles and Surveying).  The registration link is http://www.sacymf.org/index.php/15-pe-exam/16-pe-review-course-information

As always, your Sacramento Section Board appreciates all that you do to advance our profession.     

Kind Regards,

Adam J. Killinger, PE, GE
Sacramento Section President 2017-2018

Back to top


Call For Nominations - Project Awards


Deadline to nominate a project for the annual Project Awards Banquet is March 2, 2018.  

Please CLICK HERE to nominate a project.

The categories of projects include: Airports & Ports, Bikeways & Trails, Community Involvement, Energy, Flood Management, Historical Renovation, Road & Highway, Structural, Transportation, Water, Architectural Engineering, Bridge, Construction, Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical, Parks & Recreation, Small Project (under $5M), Sustainable Engineering, Urban/Land Development, and Wastewater Treatment. Projects must be completed in 2017. 

The banquet will be on April 12, 2018 at the Hilton Sacramento Arden West. Registration will open soon. If you have any questions, please contact Senior Director, Tony Quintrall at aquintrall@gmail.com.

Back to top


Golze Scholarship Fund


Did you know the Sacramento Section Golze Scholarship Fund is one of the largest ASCE scholarship funds in the nation? Please join us in helping meet our goal to raise $100,000 for the Golze Scholarship Fund. Your donation will be matched up to $20,000 by former ASCE Section president Louay Owaidat. 

Last spring through your generous individual and corporate donations, we were able to award 21 aspiring civil engineers from UC Davis, CSU Sacramento, CSU Chico and University of Pacfic. 

Your participation in this is vital. If each member donates a little, we will have the greatest impact in our community. Donators will be recognized publicly in our newsletter and at the awards dinner. To donate, click here


Back to top


Member Spotlight

Every year in September, officer, members, and guests of the Sacramento Section of ASCE gather for our annual Installation and Awards Dinner. An important part of the festivities is the presentation of awards offered by our Section for outstanding individual achievement. Each month, in this column, we will spotlight one or two of these award-winning engineers. 

2017 Arthur L. Elliot Bridge Award Winner


Mr. Selladurai is a Senior Bridge Engineer with TY Lin International. His expertise is in bridges and other infrastructure projects. In addition, he has experience in project management, technical design and construction support. He has worked on several projects all around California and several other states. He was major contributor for Caltrans Sacramento in updating Caltrans Standard plans to new LRFD codes. He has shared his experience with Caltrans standard plans several times, including presentations at the Western Bridge Engineers’ Seminar, ASCE National Conference, and ASCE Sections and Branches.

Mr. Selladuri earned his M.S degree in Civil Engineering from the New Mexico State Univeristy, in addition to earning a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. He is also a NCEEES committee member and volunteers with the NorCal STEM foundation. Congratulations Ahilan!

2017 Charles S. Pope Construction Award Winner


Mr. Lorenzen is a Project Manager with WSP and has nearly 30 years of construction management experience, the last 10 years have been focused on flood management projects. He has had direct construction management roles in two award winning projects along the Feather River in both Butte and Sutter Counties. In his role working for the Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency, Jim had a leadership role on the team that constructed 29 miles of levee improvements that included mostly slurry wall construction (Conventional and Deep Soil Mixing) and seepage berm construction. He and his team were responsible for completing 2 project construction documentation reports that received both USACE and State reviews and approval. Mr. Lorenzen was responsible for managing property owner relationships during construction on very long linear projects involving over 100 individual property owners and coordinating large scale farming operations directly impacted by construction.

Mr Lorenzen holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the California State University, Chico. He is a hands-on construction manager and leader that understands how to manage complex construction projects that have considerably reduced flood risk in the Sacramento Valley. Congratulations Jim!

Back to top


Capital Branch Activities


Tuesday, February 27th, 2018
Old Spaghetti Factory
1910 J St
Sacramento, CA 95811
11:30 AM Networking
12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch and Presentation

Topic: Lake Isabella Dam Improvements
Speaker: Henri Mulder, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Event Registration Link:



Isabella Dam is located on the Kern River 34 miles upstream of the City of Bakersfield in Kern County, California.  It was constructed by and currently operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Construction of Isabella Dam began in 1948 and was completed in 1953 and consists of two embankment dams that provide flood control, water supply, power generation and recreation benefits to the region.  The USACE initiated a dam safety study of the project in 2005.  The study identified many failure modes involving seismic (fault rupture and liquefaction), seepage and piping, and hydrologic overtopping.  The failure modes presented unacceptable risk to public safety and resulted in a designation as a Dam Safety Action Class (DSAC) I project by the USACE, requiring action to reduce probabilities of failure and associated consequences.  Modifications to the embankment dams, spillway, and appurtenant structures have been designed to reduce risk of dam failure.  A construction contract was awarded in September 2017 for construction of the dam safety modifications with construction expected to begin in early 2018.  The presentation will cover a background of the project, the dam safety issues and potential failure modes, and the modifications to the project to reduce risk of dam failure. 

About the speaker:

Henri Mulder is a senior civil engineer (geotechnical) with the Sacramento District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).  He has 20 years of experience in geotechnical engineering on USACE civil works projects.  Mr. Mulder’s experience includes site investigations, geotechnical evaluation and design, construction, inspection, and emergency flood fighting of earth dams and levees.  He has inspected dams from the State of Hawaii to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.  He has served as the Geotechnical Lead for the Isabella Dam Safety Project for ten years and will serve as Embankment Engineer during construction of the dam safety modifications.  Mr. Mulder graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from CSU Sacramento and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of California.


The ASCE Capital Branch is pleased to announce an opportunity for the Civil Engineering Firms, Contractors and Vendors to sponsor ASCE’s monthly Luncheons. The sponsoring company will have the opportunity to make a brief presentation that is 3 to 5 minutes long and is supported by a few slides in PowerPoint format.  This opportunity will provide the sponsoring company a great marketing opportunity to the local engineering community.  For further information, please contact Jai Singh at (916) 580-9725.

JOIN US ON LinkedIn.

The Capital Branch has a group page to make it easier to post announcements about upcoming events of interest to Civil Engineers in the Sacramento area.  To join the group page go to https://www.linkedin.com/in/asce-sac-section-capital-branch-b0148b87.


The Capital Branch has started a group page to make it easier to post announcements about upcoming events of interest to Civil Engineers in the Sacramento area.  To join the group page go to https://www.facebook.com/ASCE-Sac-Section-Capital-Branch-178312272707468/.   

Back to top


Central Valley Branch Activities

We have monthly lunch meetings with various presentations on the third Tuesday of each month. If you are in the Stockton area please join us. For more information about the Central Valley Branch, please contact Rhett Kilgore at rkilgore@siegfriedeng.com.

Back to top


Feather River Branch Activities

For more information about future meetings and activities, please contact, Clay Slocum at clay.slocum@cncement.org, or 530-864-1648.

Back to top


Shasta Branch Activities

For more information about the Shasta Branch meetings, please contact Susan Goodwin at sgoodwin@vestra.com.

Back to top


Younger Members Forum (YMF)


Please join us at Kupros for a presentation by Abbas Abdollahi, PhD on Sediment Response to Tsunami Loading. This is an excellent opportunity to hear from a geotechnical expert in a social setting with other young professionals. Heavy appetizers will be provided and no RSVP is necessary. Bring a friend!

When: Thursday, February 1st at 5:30 pm
Questions? Email Patrick


The PE exam is coming up quick! Good news, YMF offers the best PE review courses in town and there are still seats available for the surveying and seismic reviews. Please note, these courses are competitively priced, are offered nearby at Sac State, and include hours of class time with local engineers who are experts in their field along with comprehensive notes created for each exam.
Survey Review
Runs: February 7th, 10th, & 11th
Seismic Review
Runs: February 24th, March 3rd, 10th, & 17th

Register here


In conjunction with Dragados USA, YMF is offering a technical tour of the Echowater Plant on February 23rd. This is a singular opportunity to tour and to learn more about one of the largest public works projects in the Sacramento region's history. Space is limited so RSVP before this event fills up. More details available on the Facebook Event Page
Questions? Email Alex

Back to top


Student Chapters


Chico State University - Langdon Hall
Thursday, 2/07/2018
7:00 - 8:45 PM
Meet at Oasis Bar and Grill (5:15 PM for dinner)
1007 W 1st St, Chico, CA 95928


ASCE’s Chico State student chapter is hosting a Resume Workshop and Mock Interviews. The students have requested support from working professionals.  This event is open to all working professionals and ASCE membership is not required. Contact Elias Karam with questions elias.karam@dot.ca.gov


  • Share your work experience with the future Civil Engineering professionals
  • Answer questions regarding the transition from school to the workplace
  • Discuss your experience while searching for a job
  • Meeting Location & Duration 



Back to top


Structural Engineering Institute (SEI)


Tuesday, February 13, 2018
5:30 - 9 pm
Iron Grill
2422 13th Street
Sacramento, CA  95818

AISC T.R. HIGGINS LECTURESHIP AWARD "Effective Bracing of Flexural Members and Systems in Steel Buildings and Bridges"

Todd Helwig, P.E. Ph.D, Professor
University of Texas at Austin

For more information and to register, go to: https://www.seaocc.org/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=282560


Back to top


Engineers Without Borders


Wednesday, February 21, 6PM
Kimley Horn
555 Capitol Mall, Suite 300
Sacramento, CA  95814

Contact Ashley at 530-200-6309 or amartin@pbieng.com 


Panama - Water Supply

The Panama team recently had a productive call with the community to explain alternatives for repairing the erosion area threatening the principal water storage tank.  The team made contact with a engineer who works on landslide/erosion repair in the US but is originally from Panama. He was able to explain to them, in Spanish, the potential problems of the erosion area and various options for what they can do to stabilize the area.  The community is working with the newly established public works department engineer to stabilize the slope and they will be working with us during the design process.  The team is also looking in to surveyors in Panama that could survey the pipeline.  Please contact the project manager, Michelle Kolb, for more information or to attend an upcoming team meeting (michelle55kolb@gmail.com).

Belize - Drainage

The Belize team received approval of the Alternatives Analysis and has submitted their Draft Pre-Implementation Trip Plan to EWB-USA for approval. Their detailed drainage design is at 90% and the team is preparing for a trip in May/June 2018 to build the preferred alternative, which includes turning a few streets into wide/shallow open-channel canals for flood water conveyance to the ocean. The 2018 implementation trip will also include a heavy educational aspect to teach villagers about drainage and flood protection at their individual lots. The team has also been submitting proposals for funding. For more information, please contact Mandy Ott atmandyland07@gmail.com

KEK - Water Supply

The Kenya East Kanyamamba (KEK) Clean Water Program project team met with community leader, Joseph Huma, in November while he was visiting the United States. The project team and Mr. Huma were able to advance plans for monitoring and evaluation of phase 1 water source implementation, continued implementation of an additional springbox, and an assessment for additional water supply during their meeting. Due to political tensions in Kenya over the Presidential Election, Mr. Huma asked the project team to reschedule a trip for spring or early summer 2018 instead of January. From now and until the project team is able to travel, focus will remain on making arrangements for water supply well investigations, drilling, and assessment. The KEK Clean Water Program is located near Rongo, Kenya in the East Kanyamamba community (a community of 1600 people). If any of our members have well drilling experience or groundwater expertise, the KEK project team would appreciate your help. Please contact Laura Byrd, project manager, at laura.byrd@ch2m.com

UC Davis Student Chapter

EWB-UCD is looking for multiple traveling mentors for their water supply project in Peru. Their plan is to construct a 21,000 gallon reinforced concrete reservoir and to replace up to 15,000 feet of pipeline with the local municipality. The construction will be 2-3 months long this upcoming summer (Late June-September) and multiple mentors that serve at weekly intervals will be needed. For more information, please contact the Project Manager Nicolas Dante Dilliott njdantedilliott@ucdavis.edu.

Fundraising Updates

Belize Sushi Showdown
The Belize Team is hosting a dinner social to benefit their upcoming travel in May 2018! Come enjoy food, drinks, and games with purchase of an entry ticket.

Please purchase tickets at: https://support.ewb-usa.org/sushishowdown
For questions, please contact Patrick Donovan at patrick.donovan.professional@gmail.com

Looking to give to a specific project? 
Use the links below to show your support:

Interested in helping out?
EWB Sac-Pro Chapter is looking for someone to act as a liaison between our professional chapter and the UC Davis student chapter. Responsibilities would include attending the UC Davis Chapter meetings and reporting updates at the Sac-Pro general meetings. Collaboration is a key to success!

Back to top


Continuing Education


ASCE announces new asynchronous online instructor-led programs in which you move through a 6 or 12-week learning experience with your peers. The Guided Online Course content includes recorded video lectures, interactive exercises, case studies, live webinars and weekly discussions to help you master the course material. Gain unlimited, 24/7 accessibility to weekly modules. Complete coursework at the time and pace that is most convenient for you, using your own devices. Click here to see full list of courses.

Buy 2 Registrations and get the 3rd Free!
To receive this discount, email contact information for all registrants toguidedonlinecourses@asce.org and a registration confirmation email will be sent to each attendee. Or call 1-800-548-2723 to register, and mention the code GOCFREE. To inquire about larger group discounts, write to guidedonlinecourses@asce.org.


Financial Management for the Professional Engineer
February 1-2, 2018 | San Francisco Metro-Area

Post-Tension Buildings: Design & Construction 
May 10-11, 2018 | San Francisco Metro-Area

Earthquake-Induced Ground Motions
June 7-8, 2018 | Sacramento Metro-Area

Practical Aspects of Tunnel Design 
September 20-21, 2018 | Sacramento Metro-Area


You've asked for it and we listened!  Pay 1 low rate, and gain unlimited access to your choice of 10 on-demand webinars from ASCE's complete catalog, during a 365-day subscription period. Order your on-demand webinar subscription today!  For individual use only, not to be used for groups.

  • Save up to 63%
  • Earn up to 15 CEUs/PDHs
  • Pay one low fee 
  • 10 on-demand webinars of your choice
  • State-of-the-practice programs taught by leading practitioners
  • A convenient, effective, affordable way to earn CEUs/PDHs for P.E. license renewal


Webinars are convenient, low-cost, and an efficient training option. Login anywhere and interact with the instructor and other participants. Live webinars cover practical, targeted topics taught by experts in their field. Gain knowledge and earn PDHs. Plus, as a Sacramento Section member, a portion of the webinar fee will go back to support our local chapter. For more details, go to: http://mylearning.asce.org/diweb/catalog/t/2125/c/79 Use Promo Code WEBSACSEC to secure your preferred rate.


On-demand learning is a convenient and effective method for engineers to earn PDHs/CEUs and gain practical, real-world knowledge.  ASCE's programs are developed by industry experts and available for a variety of technical areas and in your choice of format to meet the demands facing today's engineers. Plus, as a Sacramento Section member, a portion of the webinar fee will go back to support our local chapter. For more details, go to: http://mylearning.asce.org/diweb/catalog/t/2135/c/79. Use Promo Code WEBSACSEC to secure your preferred rate.

Back to top


ASCE America’s Infrastructure Report Card

Gearing Up for the 2018 Section and 2019 Statewide Infrastructure Report Cards

David M. Schwegel, PE, Precision Civil Engineering

 ASCE has been producing Report Cards on America’s Infrastructure since the Reagan Administration. Several states and municipalities have followed suit. The most recent Report Card on America’s Infrastructure came out in 2017. Transportation-related categories included Aviation, Rail, Roads, and Transit. Additional categories include Solid Waste, Drinking Water, Wastewater, Bridges, Dams, Levees, and Public Parks, among others. The recent power outage at our nation’s busiest airport, Atlanta-Hartsfield is a testimony to the underinvestment in both airport and power grid infrastructure. Rail combines both freight (“the envy of the world”) and passenger (Amtrak, recent significant derailment in DuPont, Washington) systems. The Roads category continues to be a hot topic here in California, with the quality of our urban roads ranking 50th among the states, and over half of them in poor condition, per the Washington Post (2015). The “D-minus” grade in the Transit category is no surprise given the significant media attention on the deteriorating condition of the New York City Subway System. Look for the Southern California Region to be a potential “game changer” in this area as it gears up to host the 2028 Summer Olympics. 

Region 9 is gearing up for its Third Report Card with a release event at the Capitol in early 2019. They could really use some expertise from the Sacramento Section. To capitalize on this opportunity to further establish yourself as a subject matter expert, check out www.infrastructurereportcard.org, identify the one category of strongest interest, and send an email of interest to Co-Chairs Tony Akel (takel@akeleng.com) and John Hogan (jhogan@deainc.com)

The Sacramento Section also plans to produce a Report Card based on the outstanding mentorship from Society and Region 9, and the local data acquired in the Statewide Report Card production process. By getting the Sacramento Report Card completed and into the hands of local infrastructure advocates like Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council CEO Barry Broome, Congresswoman Doris Matusi, Mayor Darrell Steinberg, and Sacramento Area Council of Governments CEO James Corless, we can draw national attention to our areas of infrastructure need.

Specifically, Sacramento Section Members are encouraged to do the following:

  1. Make traction with state agencies and societies representing each of the 17 categories, especially the California Parks & Recreation Society.
  2. Make sure that each of the 17 categories slated for evaluation has representation from the Sacramento Section, so that both the statewide and local report cards can be expedited.
  3. Do everything possible to ensure that both the statewide and our local release events are extraordinarily impactful – full of press conferences, gala events in the Capitol Rotunda Basement, and thousands of Civil Engineering professionals gathered at the West Steps of the Capitol for the unveiling of the grades.

For more information on the 17 categories along with current members and projected schedules, please click here.

Back to top


Region 9

Gearing up for the Statewide Infrastructure Symposium

David M. Schwegel, PE, Precision Civil Engineering 

Ever since its debut in Sacramento in 2007, Region 9 has been producing a Statewide Infrastructure Symposium during the first quarter of every year with parallel Transportation and Water programs. These Symposiums have the dual-purpose of educating delegates on some of the latest topics and issues impacting the profession, and encouraging them to take action on some of these key developments. Immediately following the Symposium in Los Angeles in 2017, members of the transportation community took action on SB1 resulting in an effective Fix Our Roads Rally at the Capitol and the successful passage of this “game changing” piece of Legislation with a Two-Thirds Supermajority. This annual Symposium rotates among the four California Sections (Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego).

The next one takes place on Friday, March 23, 2018 at the Wilsey Conference Center in San Francisco. All 16 speakers in the Transportation program are confirmed. Session highlights are as follows: 

  1. Hot Topics in Roadways, Pathways, and Ports: Kamesh Vedula of GHD will be presenting some of the latest design practices for “Roundabouts” and identifying several key reasons for their ever-growing popularity in California.
  2. Station Area Development/Technology: Transbay Joint Powers Authority Executive Director Mark Zabaneh will provide an update on the “Grand Central Station of the West” since its Grand Opening last month.
  3. Implementation of SB1: Senate Transportation Committee Chair and SB1 Author Senator Jim Beall will discuss how the passage of SB1 is a “Game Changer” for California and offer tips for messaging the value of SB1 in terms of commute cost reduction and quality of life improvements for California residents.
  4. Rail/Mass Transit: High-Speed Rail Authority Northern Regional Director Ben Tripousis will discuss the opportunities and challenges associated with “blending” the operations of America’s First True High-Speed Rail System and California’s Busiest Commuter Rail System along the San Jose to San Francisco Corridor.

For more information, and to register, go to www.caisregion9.org/2018. San Diego hosts the 2019 Symposium.
It comes back to our Sacramento Section in 2020. 

Back to top


Legislative Update


Richard Markuson
Region 9 Legislative Advocate 

Legislation: The California State Legislature has resumed in session as of January 3, 2018. Several deadlines and events are in January and February:

  • Jan. 3 - Legislature Reconvenes.
  • Jan. 10 - Budget must be submitted by Governor.
  • Jan. 12 - Last day for policy committees to hear and report to fiscal committees fiscal bills introduced in their        house in the odd-numbered year.
  • Jan. 15 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday.
  • Jan. 19 - Last day for any committee to hear and report to the floor bills introduced in that house in the odd-        numbered year. Last day to submit bill requests to the Office of Legislative Counsel.
  • Jan. 31 - Last day for each house to pass bills introduced in that house in the odd-numbered year.
  • Feb. 16 - Last day for bills to be introduced.
  • Feb. 19 - Presidents’ Day holiday.

ASCE is watching a few two-year bills:

  •  AB 1000 (Friedman): Water transfers – Oppose: would prohibit a transferor of water from using a water conveyance facility that has unused capacity to transfer water from a groundwater basin, unless the State Lands Commission, in consultation with the Department of Fish and Wildlife, finds that the transfer of the water will not adversely affect the natural or cultural resources, including groundwater resources or habitat, of those federal and state lands. 2-year bill
  •  AB 1654 (Rubio): Water Conservation - Support: would enhance existing reporting and drought response requirements. Urban retail water suppliers would report annually to DWR on the status of their water supplies for that year and whether supplies will be adequate to meet projected customer demand. If supplies are not adequate to meet demand, the water supplier would be required to implement the appropriate responses as described in their water shortage contingency analysis. 2-year bill
  •  SB 436 (Allen): California STEM Act of 2017 – Support: establishes the California STEM Professional Teaching Pathway to recruit, train, support, and retain qualified science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals, including military veterans, as mathematics and science teachers in California. 2-year bill
  •  SB 623 (Monning): Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund - Oppose: creates the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund, administered by the SWRCB, and imposes water, fertilizer and dairy fees to fund safe drinking water programs. 2-year bill 

Recent Reports

Public Policy Institute of CaliforniapublishedPriorities for California’s Water. This past year was a prime example of California’s highly variable climate — and a precursor of the types of extremes that are expected to become more common. After five years of drought exacerbated by record heat, 2017’s record rain and snow brought more challenges — stressing dams and levees, causing landslides, and adding fuel to fire - prone landscapes…. In this policy brief we outline issues that are front and center for managing California’s water supply and natural environment. We also suggest priorities for actions that would improve California’s water systems and better support the state’s residents, businesses, and ecosystems.” This brief was part of a PPIC Water Policy Center forum held on October 26, 2017.                              

Carbon Balance and Management publishedRevised Methane Emissions Factors and Spatially Distributed Annual Carbon Fluxes for Global Livestock. “There has clearly been an alarming uptick in atmospheric methane in recent years, following a flattening of concentrations from 2000 to around 2007…. The new study found that a variety of guidelines introduced … in 2006 to estimate methane emissions needed to be updated. That’s because livestock are being bred to be larger than before (and are being fed more), and their manure is being managed differently — more often in huge ‘anaerobic’ waste lagoons that give off large volumes of methane. Once the study updated the methodology, it found that for 2011, global emissions were 8.4% higher from enteric fermentation and 36.7% higher from manure management…. The real question, though, is whether these changes are sufficient to account for rising atmospheric methane concentrations — something that the new study asserts.”

Legislative Analyst’s Office has released its report, “Evaluating California’s Pursuit of Zero Net Energy State Buildings,” examining the Governor’s 2012 executive order that directed the state to increase “the number of state-owned buildings that are ‘zero net energy,'” meaning they “generate as much energy onsite through renewable sources as they consume over a one-year period,” finds that “a mandate for state buildings to be ZNE is not a necessary or cost-effective way for the state to achieve its GHG reduction goals” because “the state has already adopted a cap-and-trade program that limits total emissions from large emitters, such as electricity generators,” and notes “we find that it is more important that the state assess whether achieving ZNE for each proposed building project would be cost effective by performing cost-benefit analyses.” 

Governor’s Appointments

Bruce Delgado, of Marina, has been reappointed to the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 2011. Delgado has been mayor of the City of Marina since 2008 and a botanist for the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management since 1988. 

Jeffrey Young, of Santa Barbara, has been reappointed to the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 2000. Young has been an attorney at the Law Offices of Jeffrey Young since 1997. He was general counsel at the California Aquaculture Association from 1995 to 2000 and an associate at the Law Offices of Raymond J. Pulverman from 1994 to 1997. He was owner and operator at Pacific Seafood Industries from 1983 to 1992. Young earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Santa Barbara College of Law and a Master of Science degree in marine fisheries from Humboldt State University.                                                                                           

Karl Longley, of Fresno, has been reappointed to the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 1999 and served from 1989 to 1997. Longley has been environmental engineer and program manager at the California State University, Fresno California Water Institute since 2005. He has served in several positions at the California State University, Fresno College of Engineering since 1982, including professor, department chair, dean and dean emeritus. Longley was a partner and consulting engineer at Hanna Longley and Associates from 1983 to 1985 and a civil engineer at Strauss and Roberts Consulting Civil Engineers Inc. from 1981 to 1982. He served as a lieutenant colonel and environmental engineer in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1981. Longley earned a Doctor of Science degree in environmental health engineering and a Master of Science degree in water resources and sanitary engineering from Johns Hopkins University. 

Carmen Ramirez, of Atwater, has been reappointed to the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board, where she has served since 2011. Ramirez has been a partner at the Law Offices of Kelsey and Ramirez since 2014. She was an attorney at the Law Offices of Carmen Ramirez from 2011 to 2014. Ramirez held several positions at Fagalde Albertoni and Flores LLP from 2007 to 2010, including counsel, associate and law clerk, and was a redevelopment associate at the City of Merced Office of Economic Development from 2003 to 2007. Ramirez earned a Juris Doctor degree from the San Joaquin College of Law.

Nancy Wright, of Whitewater, has been reappointed to the Colorado River Basin Regional Water Quality Control Board, where she has served since 2012 and served from 2000 to 2007. Wright has been co-owner at Peter Wright General Contractor since 1977. Wright is a member and past president of the Mission Springs Water District Board of Directors, where she has served since 1988.

Eric Sandel, of Truckee, has been reappointed to the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 1992. Sandel has held several positions at S.A. Engineering since 1978, including principal and engineer. He is a licensed professional engineer.

Charles Stringer, of Los Angeles, has been reappointed to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 2010. Stringer has been principal and general counsel at the Renewable Resources Group since 2006. He was founder and owner at the Law Offices of C. M. Stringer from 2001 to 2006 and was senior legal and policy advisor at the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission from 1999 to 2001. Stringer was senior assistant tribal attorney for the White Mountain Apache Tribe from 1996 to 1998 and assistant regional counsel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 from 1992 to 1996. He was an associate at Short Cressman and Burgess from 1989 to 1992. Stringer earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Minnesota Law School.

Lawrence Yee, of Ojai, has been reappointed to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 2012. He was president and coordinating director at the national Food Commons from 2010 to 2015, a national program leader for food marketing systems innovations at the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 2003 to 2004 and served in several positions at the University of California Cooperative Extension from 1975 to 2008, including director of the University of California Cooperative Extension, Ventura County and director of the University of California Hansen Trust. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree in agribusiness from Santa Clara University.

Gregory Giusti, of Kelseyville, has been reappointed to the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 2013. Giusti has been an advisor and director emeritus of forest and wildlands ecology at the University of California Cooperative Extension since 2017, where he was an advisor and director of forest and wildlands ecology from 1985 to 2017. He was an agricultural biologist at the San Mateo County Department of Agriculture from 1981 to 1985 and chief biologist at the Marine Ecological Institute from 1979 to 1981. He earned a Master of Arts degree in ecology and population biology from San Francisco State University.                                                        

Valerie Quinto, of Petaluma, has been reappointed to the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, where she has served since 2014. Quinto has been executive director at the Sonoma Resource Conservation District since 2017, where she has held several positions since 2008, including program director, conservation project manager and project coordinator.

Lana Peterson, of Orange, has been reappointed to the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board, where she has served since 2016. Peterson has been director of public affairs at the Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center since 2017, where she has held several positions since 2010, including senior public affairs representative and senior communications specialist. She held several positions at Cox Communications from 2004 to 2010, including senior communications specialist, communications specialist and public relations coordinator. She earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Chapman University.

Daniel Selmi, of Newport Beach, has been reappointed to the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 2016. Selmi has been a professor of law at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles since 1983. He was a deputy attorney general in the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General from 1976 to 1983 and a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Manuel L. Real at the U.S. District Court, Central District of California from 1975 to 1976. Selmi earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government and a Juris Doctor degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law.

Betty Olson, of Trabuco Canyon, has been reappointed to the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board, where she has served since 2014. Olson has served as a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Irvine School of Engineering since 2006. She was a professor in the Department of Environmental Health, Science and Policy at the University of California, Irvine School of Social Ecology from 1974 to 2006. Olson earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree and a Master of Science degree in environmental health science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Stefanie Warren, of San Diego, has been reappointed to the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board, where she has served since 2013. Warren has been an attorney at Dentons since 2006. She was a law clerk for the Honorable Irma E. Gonzalez at the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California from 2005 to 2006. Warren earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Emory University School of Law.                                                                                   

Newsha Ajami, of San Francisco, has been reappointed to the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board, where she has served since 2013. Ajami has been director of urban water policy at Stanford University’s Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment since 2012. She was senior research associate at the Pacific Institute from 2011 to 2012, a California Council on Science and Technology policy fellow at the California State Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee from 2010 to 2011 and a research consultant at Berkeley Economic Consulting Inc. from 2007 to 2010. Ajami was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley from 2005 to 2009. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of California, Irvine and a Master of Science degree in hydrology and water resources from the University of Arizona.

James McGrath, of Berkeley, has been reappointed to the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 2007. He was manager of the Port of Oakland Environmental Department from 1990 to 2005, a coastal protection analyst at the California Coastal Commission from 1976 to 1990 and an environmental protection specialist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1971 to 1976. McGrath earned a Master of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Joseph Wall, of Sacramento, has been appointed special assistant for climate change at the California Natural Resources Agency, where he has served in several positions since 2015 assisting in the development and implementation of the state’s strategies for the adaptation to and reduction of impacts associated with climate change, including as an associate governmental program analyst and as a staff services analyst. Wall was an executive fellow at the California Natural Resources Agency from 2014 to 2015.

Back to top


The Law & Civil Engineering


Gene Bass

Delay and disruption claims are expensive, difficult, and time-consuming disputes to litigate. Delay arises when the project is not completed within the agreed deadline. Disruption occurs when an owner causes a change in the method of construction upon which the contractor based its bid.

A contractor should always be aware of any provisions in the contract addressing claims and limitations on claims. There may be allocations of risk which must be understood. Time and notice requirements are common and must be observed. It is little comfort when a “common sense” basis for a claim is defeated in litigation by a contract clause which specifically limits or eliminates the “common sense” claim.

It is important that both the contractor and owner become aware of any aspects of the project that could cause disruption or delay of the work as soon as possible so that appropriate action can be taken to prevent a problem from developing. It is clearly to the benefit of everyone to avoid having to litigate to finally resolve a claim that could have been easily mitigated by early detection and action.

The owner's obligations that may result in damages for disruption or delay can include providing adequate plans and specifications, site access, cooperating with the contractor when difficulties or problems are encountered, and making timely progress payments. Any plan discrepancies should be addressed as soon as possible and presented for clarification and resolution along with a realistic assessment of when an answer must be received to avoid any significant delay or disruption cost to the contractor. In addition, an accurate and detailed log should be maintained describing all issues raised and the steps taken to resolve them.

Contractor's actions which can result in delay and disruption tend to arise from improper planning. The work must be adequately scheduled, sequenced, and coordinated. The inability to build according to the planned sequence can lead to delay and disruption claims. Successful prosecution of delay and disruption claims requires a realistic and complete schedule. It is necessary to schedule and coordinate subcontractors so that they can perform their work with minimal conflict with other trades. Be sure materials are ordered on a timely schedule and that subcontractors adequately man their jobs so that their work can be completed within their allocated time and on schedule.

Architects and engineers may contend that the plans and specifications are complete and that an experienced general contractor should be able to properly read and interpret them. This is an issue that the contractor must be prepared to address.

Litigating delay and disruption claims can be disastrous for all parties and should be avoided if at all possible.

Back to top


Officer Contacts

(Those listed in blue are considered Section Board Members with voting authority. Everyone else on this list is invited to our meetings to give an update on their subsidiary organization)


President   Adam Killinger president@asce-sacto.org 951-265-5289
President Elect   Michael Konieczki presidentelect@asce-sacto.org 916-840-5211
Senior Director  Tony Quintrall seniordirector@asce-sacto.org 916-993-7616
Junior Director Megan LeRoy  megan.leroy@kimley-horn.com 916-859-3651
Secretary Dr. Ben Fell secretary@asce-sacto.org 916-278-8139
Treasurer Jafar Faghih treasurer@asce-sacto.org 916-679-8864
Past President Elias Karam  pastpresident@asce-sacto.org 209-481-6857
Executive Director Marie Silveira marie.silveira@jacobs.com   916-296-9856
YMF Board Rep Bryan Perrin  ymf@asce-sacto.org 916-751-0849
Region 9 Chair Kwame Agyare agyare.kwame@gmail.com  
Region 9 Governor Thor Larsen thor.larsen@hdrinc.com  916-973-0356
Egrs. w/o Borders Ashley Martin amartin@pbieng.com 530-200-6309
Ladies Auxiliary Marlene Tobia marlenetobia@att.net 916-492-2181
EOG/Webmaster Michelle Zeiss asce@asce-sacto.org 916-717-4070
Capital Branch Jai Singh j.singh@rsc-engr.com 916-788-2884
Central Valley Branch Erik Almaas ealmaas@ksninc.com 209-946-0268
Feather River Branch  Clay Slocum clay.slocum@cncement.org 530-864-1648
Shasta Branch Susan Goodwin sgoodwin@vestra.com 530-223-2585 


Coasts, Oceans Ports & Rivers Inst. Zia Zafir zzafir@kleinfelder.com 916-366-1701
Construction Inst.    Brad Quon bquon@cts-1.com 916-871-2080
Environ. & Water Resources Inst.  Rich Juricich rjuricic@pacbell.net 916-492-2181 
Geo-Institute Kartk Atyam  kartk.atyam@aecom.com 916-679-2005
Structural Engineering Inst.

Niranjen Kanepathipillai

niranjen.kanepathipillai@dot.ca.gov 916-227-4463
Transportation & Development Inst.   Vacant     


College Accreditation Joan Al-Kazily    530-756-9530
Disaster Preparedness John Andrew john.andrew@water.ca.gov 916-651-9657
Education & Awards Thor Larsen thor.larsen@hdrinc.com  916-973-0356
Government Relations Craig Copelan ccopelan95694@yahoo.com 530-908-4790
History & Heritage Thor Larsen  thor.larsen@hdrinc.com  916-973-0356
Membership-Life Mem. Thor Larsen thor.larsen@hdrinc.com  916-973-0356
Scholarship Eric Polson polsonengineering@earthlink.net  916-801-6290
Sustainability Jennifer Buchanan jbuchanan@watearth.com 916-240-7010


California State University, Sacramento Vince Anicich csusascepresident@gmail.com  
University of the Pacific Joey McElhany j_mcelhany@u.pacific.edu  
University of California, Davis Abdulla Alishaq ucd.asce.president@gmail.com  
California State University, Chico Grant Rose chicoasce@gmail.com  


Back to top


Event Flyers

Back to top