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WEST was selected to complete dam failure inundation studies related to new California state requirements for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Helix Water District, the Santa Fe Irrigation District, the County of Santa Barbara, and others. Newly enacted California state law that became effective in July of 2017 requires dam owners to prepare an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) for their dams and critical appurtenant structures with deadlines depending on the hazard classification of the dam.  Inundation maps will form part of the new EAPs but these must be reviewed and approved by the California Division of Safety of Dams prior to submittal of revised EAPs.  WEST is currently working with multiple dam owners to meet the new state requirements and is preparing dam breach inundation studies and revised EAPs.

Brian Wahlin, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, manager of WEST’s Tempe, AZ office, led a committee of global canal automation experts tasked with developing the Canal Automation for Irrigation Systems Manual 131 for the American Society of Civil Engineers. Bert Clemmens, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, also of WEST’s Tempe office, authored several chapters of the manual. The manual documents new technological progress in canal automation, as well as practical guidance on more routine aspects of canal automation. “Canal Automation for Irrigation Systems” edited by Brian Wahlin, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE and Darell Zimbelman, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE is available on the ASCE website. A book review published in the Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 2018, 144(4) described the work, “Overall, this is an excellent reference book on irrigation canal automation, and the techniques presented by this manuscript can potentially be expanded for the automation of canals with broader uses and applications such as flood control, water quality enhancement (e.g., stormwater treatment areas), and navigation. The book is recommended to practicing hydraulic/electronic engineers involved with water control systems, as a design guideline. The authors of this MOP have a strong background in this subject and have presented the material in a logical manner, still keeping the presented information engaging and relevant.”

Henry Hu, Ph.D., P.E., P.H., CFM, D.WRE, WEST Vice President, will be co-presenting with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District on Corps Water Management System Implementation and Applications. Beginning in 2009, the Mobile District and WEST have worked together to develop CWMS in each of the multiple-reservoir river systems that the District manages. Marty Teal, P.E., P.H., D.WRE, WEST Senior Vice President, will also be attending as a USSD board member, Chair of the Subcommittee on Sedimentation of Reservoirs, and a moderator of a conference session on sedimentation. The 38th USSD conference will be held April 30th – May 4th and have the theme, “A Balancing Act: Dams, Levees and Ecosystems.”

WEST’s Senior Vice President, David C. Curtis, Ph.D., F.EWRI, P.E., D.WRE, will present at the ALERT User’s Group Conference April 17th – 20th in Ventura California. His abstract titled, “Perspectives on California’s Wet and Wild 2016-17”, will focus on drought, severe drought, extreme drought, atmospheric rivers, more atmospheric rivers, floods, snow pack, full reservoirs, soggy soils, infrastructure damage, and full allocations – all words and phrases permeating recent California water conversations as California lurches from one extreme to the next. For more than 40 years, Dr. Curtis has been on the leading edge of hydro-meteorological and flood risk management services. He has been involved in the design, development, and implementation of award winning innovations in more than 50 automated environmental and flood monitoring systems across the U.S. and in eighteen countries abroad.

WEST’s Senior Vice President, David C. Curtis, Ph.D., F.EWRI, P.E., D.WRE, will be presenting at the 2018 World Environmental & Water Resources Congress in Minneapolis, MN, June 3-7, 2018. His paper, titled, “Hydromet Sensor Inventory: Surprising Number of Operation Sensors Found”, describes a recent hydrometeorological sensor inventory for the 6,750 km2 Chehalis River Basin in west central Washington. The primary objective of the inventory was to 1) assess the current network, 2) identify gaps in monitoring and communication, and 3) to identify unmet needs. To date, more than 4,800 operational hydrometeorological sensors have been identified in and near the Chehalis River Basin. More than 20 hydrometeorological sensor types were found in the 35,000 km2 study area, including nearly 900 precipitation sensors, over 750 temperature sensors, and more than 60 stage sensors. The hydrometeorological network as a whole was evaluated. Gaps were identified and recommendations were made to the Chehalis River Basin Flood Authority regarding plans for supporting flood warning, water resources management, and hydrologic/hydraulic modeling efforts in the basin.

WEST’s Senior Vice President, Martin J. Teal, P.E., P.H., D.WRE, F.ASCE, will be presenting at the 2018 World Environmental & Water Resources Congress in Minneapolis, MN, June 3-7, 2018. His presentation, “What is the International Commission on Large Dams Doing about Reservoir Sedimentation?”, will describe the activities and direction of ICOLD on this important topic, including recent and bulletins and those currently in preparation.  Mr. Teal currently chairs the ICOLD Committee on Sedimentation of Reservoirs and will also lead that committee’s meeting at the 26th Congress – 86th Annual Meeting in July 2018 in Vienna, Austria.

WEST Vice President, Brian Wahlin, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE represented the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) at the Water for Food International Forum. Dr. Wahlin, also Vice President of ICID and President of the U.S. Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (USCID), represented ICID at the “Water for Food International Forum, Farmer-led Irrigated Agriculture: Seeds of Opportunity” held January 29-30, 2018 at the World Bank Conference Center in Washington, D.C. The conference was convened by the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska and the World Bank, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. The forum, attended by participants from over 30 countries, focused on improving water and food security and livelihoods for smallholder farmers in developing countries by increasing and expanding sustainable irrigated agriculture. Presenters and participants explored the investments needed and the necessary enabling environment for enhanced agricultural production, including strong partnerships, linkages to markets support, capacity and technical training, and the role of the private and public sectors.

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