Author: riverlab

RDG Position Opening: Landscape Designer/Landscape Architect

Restoration Design Group is a small, interdisciplinary landscape architecture and engineering firm focused on open space design, planning, and ecological restoration. They are seeking a motivated individual interested in creek restoration with the ability to draft construction documents in AutoCAD, produce graphic materials, and conduct occasional outdoor field work. Click here to read more about the hiring.

Additional information about RDG can be found on their website: www.RestorationDesignGroup.com and also our social media accounts (@RDG_Inc on Twitter and @RestorationDesignGroup on Instagram).

Water Resources Staff Engineer WEST Consultants

In this Entry Level Water Resources Staff Engineer position, you will apply your knowledge of principles of hydrology and hydraulics to respond to a broad range of water resources engineering assignments in surface-water riverine and estuarine environments to:

  • Study open channel flow, sediment transport, scour, stability, and deposition issues in rivers and reservoirs.
  • Estimate flood hazards and risk. Develop mitigation measures and alternatives for watersheds, including flood forecasting and inundation mapping.
  • Evaluate complex water resource systems including watersheds receiving rain and snow.
  • Perform integrated hydrologic modeling including potential impacts on surface and groundwater due to climate changes.
  • Conduct dam/levee engineering and safety investigations to include dam breach analysis, feasibility planning, operations studies, drainage analysis, water control manual updates.
  • Work as part of a project team to develop high quality deliverables for our clients.
WHAT IS PROCESS-BASED RIVER RESTORATION? 4 CRITERIA

More and more projects bill themselves as ‘process-based’. What distinguishes a real process-based project? Damion Ciotti and co-authors provide a concise summary in their new paper, ‘Design Criteria for Process-Based Restoration of Fluvial Systems’. The paper is freely available online from the journal Bioscience.

Project manager for stream restoration, and certifying farms for climate adaptation fish friendly farming

CLSI operates the award-winning Fish Friendly Farming (FFF) Certification Program in 15 California counties. Over 200,000 acres are enrolled in the program. The FFF program is a robust certification program that assesses the natural resources of individual farm parcels and includes slopes, soils and creeks and inventories management practices such as soil and water conservation, chemical use, water sources and other practices. We complete maps and a detailed farm plan which specifies Best Management Practices (BMPs) to improve water quality, reduce chemical use, conserve water, revegetate and restore habitats and other actions. In Napa over 90% of the vineyards are FFF certified. CLSI certifies over 15 crops including fruit and nut orchards, field crops, vineyards, cannabis and ranch land.

CLSI also operates the Climate Adaptation Certification, the first agricultural certification program. This program models greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration for all activities on a farm – cover crops, tillage, nitrogen use, burning, diesel equipment use and other actions as well as carbon sequestered in soils, hedgerow and native habitat plantings and existing open space and habitats on the property. Two future scenarios with changed practices are also modeled.

CLSI carries out its programs and projects by establishing collaborative relationships with landowners/managers and agricultural organizations. CLSI also completes scientific studies and monitoring in cooperation with agencies, environmental groups, landowners and other scientists. The organization’s offices are located in Napa, California.

We are seeking a Project Manager to carry out a range of activities including implementation of the FFF program for both irrigated lands and rangeland, implementation of the Climate Adaptation Certification program, technical assistance with state soil health programs and the implementation of erosion control and stream restoration projects. The Project Manager will be an integral part of a small and collaborative staff who works together closely. Salaries are based on experience and education and are competitive for the SF Bay Area. Dental and medical benefits, and a retirement program are included. CLSI is an equal opportunity employer. Submit resume to laurelm@fishfriendlyfarming.org by October 8, 2021.

Eco-Engineer/Eco-Hydrologist – cbec eco engineering

cbec eco engineering is seeking to hire a skilled Eco-Engineer/Eco-Hydrologist I to assist the company in providing technical services to clients. Individuals’ professional experience should include 2+ years technical experience in water resources with a B.S. degree or candidates should have an M.S. or Ph.D. in civil engineering, environmental engineering, water resources, hydrology, or fluvial geomorphology. Responsibilities will include performing technical studies in the fields of hydrology, hydraulics, geomorphology, water quality and restoration design. Tasks will involve developing and applying numerical models, collecting field data, contributing to environmental rehabilitation project design, producing technical reports and figures and potentially managing small projects. Experience developing and applying hydrologic and hydraulic numerical models and competence in coding and GIS are desired. This position offers a great opportunity to work with a passionate and technically proficient team developing scientifically rigorous assessments and restoration designs in a diverse range of California stream, river, wetland and estuary environments.

THE SOCIAL LIFE OF SEDIMENT

Rivers carry not only water, but also sediment. Yet sediment has been largely neglected in many studies of river history, and in current management plans. Profs Giacomo Parrinello and Matt Kondolf review how sediment has been treated (or ignored) by scholars in this introduction to a special issue in the journal Water History.

KLAMATH DAM REMOVAL MOVING FORWARD: CBS NEWS

Riverlab is supporting the ongoing effort to remove four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River, building on research conducted by Mark Tompkins and Matt Kondolf over a decade ago. An agreement among Tribes, NGOs, local stakeholders, the states of California and Oregon, and importantly, the owner of the dams, has paved the way for removing the dams starting in 2023, as reflected in this recent CBS News report. It will be the largest dam removal in the country and promises to benefit salmon runs in the river, which have been reduced by impacts of the dams and land use in the basin.