January 2017 Print

President's Report

This time of year is a time to come together with family and enjoy the holidays. From the Board of the Sacramento Section we wish you Happy Holidays and a prosperous and Happy New Year. Often times, when looking back over the last year, if I ask myself the question “did I work more than I wanted to?”; if the answer is “yes”, then I believe it’s time to consider hiring to distribute the workload. It’s typical to be stretched thin at such a busy time with report and document deadlines. Many others answer the question the same way, which may be challenging, but I have some great news:  The Sacramento Section has four schools (California State University (CSU), Sacramento; CSU, Chico; University of California, Davis; and University of the Pacific) that have new regional Civil Engineering candidates entering the workforce in all fields of our industry. I encourage anyone seeking support to reach out to all four schools and interview the new graduates. The ASCE Student Chapters make interviewing easy by conducting mock interviews, resume workshops, etc. Congratulations to all of our new December 2016 civil engineering graduates!

We look to our new civil engineering graduates to help continue moving our industry forward in 2017. As an organization that continually gives back to the community, I’d like to remind everyone of the goals of the Golze scholarship. Committee Chair, and Section Past-President Louay Owaidat says, “The Sacramento Section is looking for 100% participation from our membership. If everyone gives an average of $50, and there are over 2000 members, we’ll reach our goal of $100,000 in scholarships. One hundred percent of the money raised is given directly to the civil engineering students from each of our four schools.” The impact of the Golze scholarship program within the region is tremendous and we appreciate all continuing and new support from our members.

My first three months as Section President have flown by, and I find myself taking stock of the progress on goals I set forth in October. As you may recall I outlined three main Sacramento Section goals: (1) increase ASCE legislative presence, (2) increase cross-pollination between groups, and (3) increase and retain membership. In this past quarter, the Sacramento Section officers and members have worked hard on each of these goals. I’m pleased to report the following.

Increase ASCE Legislative Presence:
Dr. Om Prakash has been taking the lead on the Sacramento Section Infrastructure Report Card. The Infrastructure Report Card is important as it is used by non-engineers to understand the quality and life expectancy of our failing infrastructure. This is especially important when talking to everyone from congressmen to neighbors about why supporting propositions, taxes, and bills are important to each of our lives. If interested in participating in the grading, please contact Dr. Prakash at oprakash@westconsultants.com.

Additionally, Region 9 is holding its 2017 Legislative Drive-In during the week of January 23 - 27. ASCE members will visit their legislators in their district offices to introduce themselves and ASCE Region 9 to deliver information on civil engineering within the current Legislature.  Please contact ASCE Region 9 Lobbyist Richard Markuson at rmarkuson@me.com to participate. 

Increase cross-pollination between groups:
Over the last month, our groups have had some very successful events. There were numerous holiday parties, fund raisers, toy drives, and a very well attended Section Board meeting at Great Lakes Environmental & Infrastructure. To find out how to attend upcoming events and make a difference in ASCE, please review our EOG for upcoming events and attend an event next month.

Increase and Retain Membership: 
I continue to challenge each of you to not only attend one new event this year, but to bring a fellow engineer along with you. If there is a new event for which you would like to see involvement from the ASCE Sacramento Section chapter, please contact me with ideas via email at elias.karam@jacobs.com. We are always looking to grow.  


Elias Karam, P.E., M.ASCE
Sacramento Section President 2016-2017

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Calendar of Events

YMF Business Meeting

All Welcome - Food/Drinks Provided
Hoppy Brewing Company
6300 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA

Multi-Regional Conference 2017

Featuring "Dream Big" Private Screening
The LA Hotel Downtown
333 Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA

SEI Lunch & Learn Technical Talk

Topic: Slauson Ave. Bridge Over The San Gabriel River & BNSF RR
Old Spaghetti Factory
1910 J. Street
Sacramento, CA

ASCE Region 9 Drive-In

Meet Your Legislators
1910 J. Street
Sacramento, CA

Capital Branch Speaker Lunch

Topic: Transforming and Connecting California with High-Speed Rail
Old Spaghetti Factory
1910 J. Street
Sacramento, CA

CSUS Stormwater Lid Tour

RSVP Required
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA


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Call For Nominations - Project Awards


It's that time of year again to nominate the most outstanding projects of the year. Projects that have completed construction within the Sacramento Section geographic area are eligible for consideration. 


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.

The winners will be recognized at the Project Award Banquet scheduled in the spring of 2017.  If you have any questions, please contact Senior Director, Kyle Dushane at kdushane@sageengineers.com.

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2017 Legislative Drive-In


Region 9 is holding its 2017 Drive-In during the week of January 23 - 27. ASCE members will visit their Legislators in their district offices to introduce themselves, ASCE Region 9 and deliver information on Civil Engineering. ASCE members will make two visits with their Assembly Member and State Senator to reinforce the ASCE message that "Infrastructure Pays," explain our core values, policy goals and make, what we hope will be, long lasting connections to engage on issues that affect civil engineers and the built environment. 

We encourage you to make appointments that match your schedule and that of your legislators during the week of January 23 - 27. You can download ASCE talking points here and additional guidance will be provided as needed. Please contact ASCE Region 9 Lobbyist Richard Markuson at rmarkuson@me.com to participate. 

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2017 CA Infrastructure Symposium & Region 9 Awards Dinner


The 2017 California Infrastructure Symposium will take place on March 31, 2017 at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. 

The 2016 Region 9 ASCE Awards have be awarded, and a number of Individuals and Projects from the Sacramento Section have be recognized for the incredible contributions to the profession, society, Section, and Region. Below is a list of our highly deserving winners. Please join the Sacramento Section in congratulating all of our local winners who will be formally recognized at the Region 9 awards dinner on March 31st. 

Region 9 2016 Project Award Winners From Sacramento Section

  • Structural Engineering Project - Alpine Meadows Road Bridge Replacement Over Truckee River

  • Water Project - Folsom Dam Auxiliary Spillway


Region 9 2016 Individual Award Winners From Sacramento Section

  • Outstanding Civil Engineering Legislative Activities - David Schwegel 

  • Outstanding Section Officer - Thor Larsen

  • Outstanding Branch Officer - Radley Ott

  • Outstanding ASCE Faculty Advisor - Dr. Steffen Mehl 

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Call For Volunteers - Infrastructure Report Card Update


Call for Volunteers/Graders: 
Are you ready to GRADE Your Infrastructure?

American Society of Civil Engineers provides a comprehensive assessment on the nation’s major infrastructure categories in its ASCE’s Report Card for America’s Infrastructure. Using a simple A to F grading format, the Report Card will provide a comprehensive assessment on current infrastructure conditions and needs, both assigning grades and making recommendations for how to raise their current grades. The ASCE National Report Card has been refereed and acknowledged by many executives including President, Senators, Congressman and Congresswoman. The first ever ASCE infrastructure assessment for ASCE Sacramento section was released in 2006. The ASCE Sacramento section scored very poor grades (C’s and D’s) in almost all categories.

Now the time has come to revisit the infrastructure investments done over the past decade and find out how the Counties have flared in its overall infrastructure development. We have classified our infrastructure report card in 17 categories/groups. These categories include: Aviation, Bridges, Dams, Flood Bypass System, Hazardous Waste, Levees, Public Parks & Recreation, Public Transport System, Rail System, Roads, Schools Facilities/Infrastructure, Solid Waste, Traffic Congestion, Urban Runoff/Stormwater Drainage System, Wastewater, Water Quality/Drinking Water, and Water Supply. 

The goal is to publish and release the ASCE Sacramento Section Infrastructure Report Card in 2017. Several passionate professionals have joined hands in the past to complete this gigantic task of grading. If you are one among those passionate professionals/leaders and ready to contribute for the overall societal benefit, then come join hands in this judgment. To volunteer, please email Dr. Om Prakash your preferable interest category, your expertise, and contact information as requested in the sample below.  

For additional information, please contact Dr. Om Prakash, Ph.D., P.E., QSD, M.ASCE, Chair of ASCE Sacramento Section Infrastructure Report Card and President of ASCE Sacramento Capital Branch at oprakash@westconsultants.com. In addition, please help us get the word out by passing this information to your colleagues and inviting them to participate in this important effort.

For more information on ASCE America’s Infrastructure Report card: 

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Capital Branch Activities


Tuesday, January 24th, 2017
Old Spaghetti Factory
1910 J St
Sacramento, CA 95811
11:30 AM Networking
12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch and Presentation

Topic: Transforming and Connecting California with High-Speed Rail
Speaker: Scott Jarvis, Chief Engineer, California High-Speed Rail Authority

Registration Link:  http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07edm6z0s5ed18a803&llr=ndd6x9pab


The California High-Speed Rail Authority is responsible for planning, designing, building and operation of the first high-speed rail system in the nation.  By 2029, the system will run from San Francisco to the Los Angeles basin in under three hours at speeds capable of over 200 miles per hour.  The system will eventually extend to Sacramento and San Diego, totaling 800 miles with up to 24 stations.  When finished, it will link California’s major metropolitan areas through the Central Valley.  Construction is already underway between Madera and Bakersfield.  This presentation will provide a progress report on construction and take a look at engineering challenges and how the Authority plans to overcome them.

About the speaker:

As the Chief Engineer for the California High-Speed Rail Authority, Scott Jarvis is responsible for the project delivery functions of the statewide high-speed rail system, including Engineering, Third Party Agreements, Capital Project Procurements, Design & Construction, and Construction Support.

Jarvis came to the Authority with extensive background and knowledge in multiple areas of major transportation project delivery. He spent over 26 years at the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and worked in several project delivery functions, with an emphasis in construction and project management.

His management experience also includes serving as Caltrans’ Assistant Division Chief of Construction. In that role he assisted the Division Chief of Construction in overseeing and executing the statewide construction program, which consisted of approximately 650 projects valued at over $12 billion. He held several other management positions at Caltrans’ Division of Construction, including Construction Field Coordinator, Chief of Contract Administration and Claims Engineer. His project delivery experience includes assignments as an Area Construction Manager, Project Manager and Resident Engineer for Caltrans’ North Region.

JOIN US ON LinkedIn. 

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 http://goo.gl/iG6aD6

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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.

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Feather River Branch Activities

For more information about future meetings and activities, please contact, Radley Ott, rott@northstareng.com, 970-218-9256.

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Shasta Branch Activities

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

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Younger Members Forum (YMF)


Thursday, January 5, 2017
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Hoppy Brewing Company
6300 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA  95819

Please join us for the January business meeting. This business meeting is a great opportunity to hear what YMF will be planning for 2017. If you want to learn how you can become more active in Sacramento YMF then this is the meeting for you! If you are unable to attend but would still like to become more involved, please visit our website to learn more about our exciting upcoming events.  Food and drinks will be provided and the meeting is free to everyone. RSVP is not required. Contact: mhkuch@gmail.com


Spring 2017 8 HR, Survey, and Seismic Exam Classes
Sacramento State University
Signup here: http://sacymf.org/index.php/pe-review-course-overview
If you have any questions please email:  pereview@sacymf.org

8 HR Classes - January 25th thru March 15th
Survey Review Classes - Weekends of February 11th and 12th
Seismic Review Classes - Saturdays starting February 25th thru March 18th


Sacramento YMF held its annual Holiday Party and Toy Drive on December 7th, 2016.  The event, which was held at The Old Spaghetti Factory in downtown Sacramento, included donations by attendees of new toys to benefit the efforts of The Salvation Army to provide needy children with gifts for Christmas.  Overall, the gathering of ASCE members, colleagues, friends and family was a festive way to enjoy good food and help the underprivileged this holiday season.




California State University, Chico is hosting the 2017 Mid-Pacific Regional ASCE Student Conference on April 20th-22nd, 2017.  Chico State is currently seeking volunteers to be judges at the conference for these various competitions such as; Concrete Canoe, Steel Bridge, Geo-Wall, Water Treatment, Water Research, and Transportation. If you are interested in being a judge, please contact Lauren Pitcher at 916.955.7662 or midpac2017.chico@gmail.com. Chico State appreciates your consideration and support. 

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Structural Engineering Institute (SEI)

To register for the this event, please CLICK HERE.

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Environmental Water Resources Institute (EWRI)


On December 7th the Sacramento Chapter EWRI held its holiday networking meeting and dinner at the Claim Jumper Restaurant in Sacramento.  Twenty-seven participants had a hearty meal and heard from Les Grober, Deputy Director with the State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights discuss the San Joaquin River Flow and Salinity Objectives. Stay tuned for more events in 2017.


Environment, water resources, and climate are frontline topics for ASCE’s 2017 EWRI World Environmental and Water Resources Congress coming to Sacramento May 21 - 25, 2017. Interest in the international event is running high. More than 300 technical sessions were proposed which was nearly twice the available capacity. The sessions, designed to highlight the Congress theme, Creative Solutions for a Changing Environment, are organized to cover broad areas of professional practice and development. There are topics of interest for every career stage from students, to new professionals, to history and heritage.  REGISTER HERE  

TECHNICAL TOURS showcasing solutions to California’s most significant and challenging water resources issues are planned (subject to change): 

• Folsom Dam

• EchoWater Project

• State-Federal Joint Operations Center

• Yolo Bypass Flood Structures

• Freeport Regional Water Project Intake Facilities 

A MAJOR NETWORKING EVENT is scheduled for the California State Railroad Museum. We’ll have this world-renowned museum to ourselves for an entire evening. You and your colleagues will enjoy refreshments while exploring railroading history and wandering through amazing displays of vintage railcars and “big iron.”

Preparation for the 2017 Congress is in high gear. The Steering Committee of local professionals, led by Congress Chair, David Curtis, WEST Consultants, is hard at work creating a stellar conference experience for attendees. Chris Dunn, USACE HEC, and Brian Van Weele (Ret.) are the Technical Program Co-Chairs. David Ford, David Ford Consulting Engineers, is leading the Sponsorship/Exhibitors effort. The Workshop Chair is Mike Anderson, CA DWR. Our Local Arrangements Chair is Rich Juricich, CA DWR. Om Prakash, WEST Consultants, is ASCE Chapter Coordinator, and University Coordination is led by Colleen Bronner of UC Davis.

For more information about the 2017 Congress and program, check out the website at: http://www.ewricongress.org/ or contact Congress Chair, David Curtis (dcurtis@westconsultants.com), ASCE Chapter Coordinator and President of ASCE Sacramento Capital Branch, Om Prakash (oprakash@westconsultants.com). 

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Engineers Without Borders


The UC Davis EWB chapter is looking for technical mentors for two of their project teams. Please see the information below from the UC Davis chapter.

Indonesia Project 

The Indonesia Project is working on an alternative water distribution system to give the community of Dusun Sogra in Bali, Indonesia a reliable access to clean water during the dry seasons. It is a newly started project that may travel on an assessment trip as soon as the summer of 2017. Currently, our application for this new program is being reviewed by the nationals and the team is already planning ahead in preparation for the assessment trip next year. Feel free to reach Anindito Wibowoputro at awoputro@ucdavis.edu

Bolivia Project

The community we will be working with is named Choquecoa- Parque Colani, located in southeast Bolivia and approximately 150 km from the capital, La Paz.

We knew about this project via an NGO, Engineers In Action and our student chapter is very keen about pursuing this project. The community wants to have sanitary latrines accessible to every home in order to increase their access to basic sanitation. The type of latrines proposed by the community are ecological latrines. Ecological latrines use a minimum amount of water to prevent pollution by separating the urine and the feces, recycling untreated urine for agricultural purposes, and treating the feces underground for compost. They allow for the reuse of waste as resources for agriculture in the local community. Feel free to reach Manesha Thiyaga Rajan at mthiyaga@ucdavis.edu

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Continuing Education


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.

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  • 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.

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Region 9


Kwame A. Agyare
ASCE Region 9 At-Large Governor and Vice-Chair, Region 9 Board of Governors

Happy New Year!  On behalf of the Board of Governors of ASCE’s Region 9, I would like to wish everyone the very best for the coming year 2017.  The holiday season typically marks the time when engineers take time out of their busy schedules to enjoy being with family and friends, and also celebrate the accomplishments of the past year.  I hope that many of you were able to find the time to celebrate the spirit of the season, and to begin to look forward to the New Year.  I spent part of this holiday period visiting with some younger member groups in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the spirit of the season was evident in all the activities being held.  Sections, Branches, and YMFs all over the State have held holiday events this past month, and I sincerely hope that many of you were able to attend a few of these events. 

The turn of the year is also a good time for engineers to plan ahead, and to seek out additional opportunities for volunteer participation and professional growth.  Here are a few upcoming ASCE-related events and opportunities that you may want to participate in, or take advantage of:

2017 Multi-Regional Leadership Conference for Regions 8 & 9

The 2017 Multi-Region Leadership Conference (MRLC) for Regions 8 & 9 will be held in Los Angeles, from January 13-14.  Depending on when your Section’s January newsletter is typically published, this event may have already been held.  The MRLC comprises the Workshop for Section and Branch Leaders (WSBL), the Western Region Younger Member Council (WRYMC), and the Workshop for Student Chapter Leaders (WSCL).  The event provides for collaboration between these groups, and serves as a forum to provide leadership training and ASCE updates on a regional level.  The event also fosters an interchange of ideas, information, and experiences, and exposes participants to the tools needed to be effective leaders.  The 2017 event is being held at the Los Angeles Hotel -Downtown, and several field trips are available including tours of the Griffith Observatory, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Metro Regional Connector Transit Project, and the Sixth Street Aqueduct.  For more information on the MRLC, please visit http://www.wrymc2017.com/

Engineers Week and the Dream Big Movie

The annual week-long National Engineers Week event will be held from February 17-25, 2017, all around the country.  This is the week in which we particularly celebrate how engineers make a difference in our world.  Other goals for the week include seeking to increase public dialogue about the need for engineers, and working to further help bring engineering into the lives of kids, educators, and parents.  Undoubtedly, one of the highlights of this year’s event is the premier of the movie Dream Big!  Dream Big: Engineering Wonders of the World is a new film for IMAX® and giant screen theaters that will take viewers on a journey of discovery, from the world’s tallest building, to a bridge higher than the clouds, and a solar car race across Australia.  The film shows more than the ingenuity behind these marvels—it reveals the heart that drives engineers to create better lives for people worldwide.  The Dream Big movie will premiere during Engineers Week at several specific locations around California and throughout the country.  For more information on Engineers Week and also the Dream Big movie screening locations, please visit  http://www.asce.org/event/2017/engineers-week/ and   http://www.asce.org/dream-big/ 

Innovation – Grand Challenge

The 2017 ASCE Innovation Contest was developed as a part of the ASCE Grand Challenge (http://www.ascegrandchallenge.com) and is a springboard for forward-looking infrastructure ideas.  The contest is an avenue to transform our nation’s infrastructure, and brings together the best ideas, projects, and theories, for how to build a better future.  In 2016, the contest drew entries from across the globe, and submissions were judged by a panel of 22 experts spanning the industry.  There were 15 winners, with four proposals honored for special awards.  These entries included: “Rise of the Drones: How Unmanned Surveying Can Help Make Our Coasts Resilient” (Greatest Impact on Achieving the Grand Challenge); “Big Picture Resilience via Ocean Forests” (Best New Concept); “Advanced Drone Technology to Handle Disaster in Underground Construction and Mining Sites” (Best Student Innovation, tie); and “Capitalizing on the Internet of Things to Promote Water Conservation” (Best Student Innovation, tie).  The 2017 contest has 5 topics:  Innovative Business Models and Technologies; The Internet of Things; Sustainable (Green) Engineering; Resilience; Next-Generation Transportation.  A call for entries is currently underway, and closes at midnight on March 1, 2017.  For more information on how to enter, please go to https://ascegrandchallenge.com/innovation-contest/ 

ASCE Student Scholarships and Fellowships

Did you know that ASCE has a Society-level scholarship and fellowship awards program?  These Society-level awards represent additional prospects for student funding and support.  Applicants need only to be an ASCE student member to apply!  Applications are now being accepted for scholarships and fellowships to be awarded in the 2017-18 fiscal year.  Award funds are distributed during the fall of each academic year, typically in October.  Students selected to receive a 2017-18 scholarship or fellowship must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program during that academic year.  The deadline for receipt of applications for the current award cycle is approaching quickly.  This deadline is February 10, 2017.  You may learn more about the different scholarships and fellowships available by visiting the ASCE websites:  ASCE Scholarships (undergraduate student assistance):  http://www.asce.org/Scholarships/; and for ASCE Fellowships (graduate student assistance):  http://www.asce.org/ASCE_Fellowships/

If you have any questions or need further information, please feel free to contact me at agyare.kwame@gmail.com.

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Legislative Update


Richard Markuson
Region 9 Legislative Advocate 

 The Legislature convened its 2017-2018 session on December 5, 2016. The special transportation session called by Brown two years ago expired at the end of November with nothing to show.

Transportation stakeholders received a letter from the Governor and Legislative Leaders announcing that there will be no lame-duck session. Once again, the transportation issue will be put over for another year and a legislative solution must wait until the new Legislature begins work in earnest in January.

Recent Reports

PSE Healthy Energy released Hazard Assessment of Chemical Additives Used in Oil Fields that Reuse Produced Water for Agricultural Irrigation, Livestock Watering, and Groundwater Recharge in The San Joaquin Valley of California: Preliminary Results. Oil-field produced water has been used to irrigate crops in the Central Valley since the mid-1990s. “Here we report the preliminary findings of our analysis of the chemical data disclosed in response to… orders from the CVRWQCB [Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board]. In this preliminary analysis, we provide the list of chemicals reported in the context of their acute mammalian and ecological toxicities, biodegradability, bioaccumulation potential, carcinogenicity, and whether chemicals are included on specific chemical priority lists. The purpose of this analysis is to identify potential chemicals of concern as a first step prior to more complete human health and environmental hazard and risk analyses.” Findings suggest that using oilfield wastewater to irrigate crops poses no significant threat, but more research is needed.

Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America released Potentially Induced Earthquakes during the Early Twentieth Century in the Los Angeles Basin. This study looks at the historical impact of oil drilling in the Los Angeles Basin and suggests a potential tie to earthquakes that happened at that time. “Our results suggest that significant earthquakes in southern California during the early twentieth century might have been associated with industry practices that are no longer employed (i.e., production without water reinjection), and do not necessarily imply a high likelihood of induced earthquakes at the present time.”

Water Research Foundation released The Energy-Water Nexus: A Plan for Collaboration Between the Department of Energy and Water Sector. This paper contains a set of research and policy recommendations to the Department of Energy from eight water sector associations. “The white paper provides (1) an overview of the water-energy nexus, (2) successful water-energy programs and partnerships, (3) policy and research gaps in the water-energy nexus, and (4) recommendations and next steps. The white paper was developed in response to a September 7 meeting between the water sector and the Honorable Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy, to discuss policy and research priorities.”

Public Policy Institute of California released California’s Water. “Managing water remains one of the great challenges for California. Population growth, a shifting climate, and declining ecosystem health are putting pressure on the state’s water supply and flood management systems. New policies are needed to address these challenges. This briefing kit highlights some of the most pressing issues, including: climate change and water, the Colorado River, energy and water, managing droughts, paying for water, preparing for floods, protecting headwaters, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, storing water, water for cities, water for the environment, [and] water for farms.”

Air Resources Board has released results from the Nov. 19 cap-and-trade auction for carbon allowance credits, the third quarterly auction of 2016, held jointly with Quebec, reports 87 million credits of 2015/16 vintage were offered at $12.73 each and 76.9 million of them were sold; also reports 10 million credits of 2019 vintage were offered at $12.73 each and 1 million of them were sold. Summary here

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The Law & Civil Engineering


Gene Bass

Your contract may include provisions where documents outside the contract are “incorporated by reference.” Much of the time, a contracting party may not have the documents that are incorporated and may assume that they are unimportant. They can be very important and should be reviewed and understood, especially, those provisions that could be applied to the performance of your contract work.

A dispute arose between a contractor and owner where the contractor alleged that he was owed money by the owner. The matter was submitted to arbitration in accordance with the agreement between the owner and contractor. The owner counterclaimed against the contractor for damages arising from the contractor's performance of the work. The contractor demanded that it's subcontractors join in the arbitration. They each declined to participate. The general contractor then sued to compel the subcontractors to enter the arbitration but the trial court refused the contractor's demand. The contractor appealed. On appeal, the subcontractors were compelled to participate in the arbitration.

The subcontracts between the contractor and subcontractors contained two pertinent provisions. The first was an arbitration clause and the second was a clause which stated that the subcontracts assume the construction contract.

The arbitration clause was fairly standard and essentially provided in case of any dispute that either party may demand arbitration and set forth specific provisions for the implementation of the arbitration process and selection and compensation of arbitrators.

The provisions addressing the assumption of the construction contract by the subcontractors provided that the work to be done under each subcontract was a portion of the work required of the contractor under the general contract with the owner and that the subcontractors would be bound by all of the terms and conditions of the contractor - owner agreement. It further provided that all rights and remedies that the owner had against the contractor would apply to and be possessed by the contractor in its dealings with subcontractors.

The appellate court stated that if there was a written agreement between the parties to arbitrate, it will compel arbitration. With reference to the incorporation of provisions of other documents into a contract by reference, the court stated that the reference and incorporation must be clear and unequivocal and the terms of the incorporated document must be known or easily available to the contracting parties. In this case, the court found that the required conditions were met and compelled the subcontractors to be part of the arbitration.

While "known or easily available" can be an issue, the law is clear that "incorporation by reference" is enforceable. Any contract that contains such provisions should be taken seriously and carefully reviewed.

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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   Elias Karam elias.karam@jacobs.com 209-481-6857
President Elect   Adam Killinger adam.killinger@crawford-inc.com 951-265-5289
Senior Director  Kyle Dushane kdushane@sageengineers.com 916-677-4782
Junior Director Tony Quintrall anthony.quintrall@aecom.com 916-993-7616
Secretary Dr. Ben Fell fellb@csus.edu 916-278-8139
Treasurer Jafar Faghih treasurer@asce-sacto.org 916-679-8864
Past President Louay Owaidat louaywaidat@gleis.com  916-462-6420
Executive Director Marie Silveira marie.silveira@jacobs.com   916-296-9856
YMF Board Rep Guy Hopes guy.hopes@erm.com 707-685-3015
Region 9 Chair Jay Higgins  jayhiggins896@gmail.com  818-406-4896
Region 9 Governor Thor Larsen thor.larsen@hdrinc.com  916-973-0356
Egrs. w/o Borders Megan LeRoy megan.leroy@kimley-horn.com 707-291-5629
Ladies Auxiliary Marlene Tobia marlenetobia@att.net 916-492-2181
EOG/Webmaster Michelle Zeiss asce@asce-sacto.org 916-961-2723
Capital Branch Dr. Om Prakash oprakash@westconsultants.com  916-802-6140
Central Valley Branch Rhett Kilgore rkilgore@siegfriedeng.com 209-943-2021
Feather River Branch  Radley Ott radleyott@hotmail.com       530-893-1600
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 rjuricich@pacbell.net 916-492-2181 
Geo-Institute Kartk Atyam  kartk.atyam@aecom.com 916-679-2005
Structural Engineering Inst. Ahilan Selladurai  ahilan.selladurai@tylin.com 916-349-4266
Transportation & Development Inst.   Vacant     


College Accreditation Joan Al-Kazily  alkazily@sbcglobal.net  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  


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