The July-September 2013 issue of the British Journal of Environment and Climate Change included a comprehensive article on RMC Water and Environment’s water resources modeling support for Integrated Regional Water Management Plans in California. The article reviews key features and several applications of the family of Integrated Water Resources models, the key analytical tools used to evaluate hydrologic conditions in support of the integrated regional water management (IRWM) programs.
The full published article can be found here:
RMC Ranks on Engineering News Record’s (ENR) top lists for 2013!
RMC has once again been ranked on several of Engineering News Record’s (ENR) top lists for 2013, including:
- ENR Top Design Firms in Environment, Water Supply
- ENR California Top Design Firms
- ENR Top 500 Design Firms
- ENR Top 200 Environmental Firms
RMC's New San Francisco Location
RMC’s San Francisco office has moved! Our new office on Montgomery Street is located only a couple blocks north of the Montgomery Street BART station.
Our new address is:
101 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
In addition to our San Francisco office, RMC will continue to serve northern California clients from offices in Walnut Creek, San Jose, and Sacramento, as well as four other offices across the state.
RMC's New San Diego Location
To enhance service to RMC’s San Diego area clients, RMC has moved our office to a more central location. We are now located directly off the 805 freeway, near the I-5 interchange.
Our new address is:
10509 Vista Sorrento Parkway
San Diego, CA 92121
In addition to our San Diego office, RMC will continue to serve southern California clients from offices in Santa Monica, Irvine, and Los Angeles, as well as four other offices across the state.
CDPH Approves the San Vicente Reservoir Augmentation Concept
The City of San Diego’s potable reuse project reached a milestone in September 2012 with the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) approval of the project concept. San Diego’s proposed project for surface water augmentation using advance treated recycled water is the first planned project of its type in California. Although many California groundwater replenishment projects have been permitted or are being planned to accomplish potable reuse—purposeful augmentation of a drinking water supply with highly treated recycled water—until now, no agency has been successful in getting CDPH support for potable reuse via a direct discharge to a drinking water reservoir.
The concept approval follows more than three years of workshops, close regulatory coordination and partnering, and the submittal of a proposal to CDPH detailing the project attributes and demonstrating the safety and reliability of the potable reuse project. Under the direction of Marsi Steirer, program director for the San Diego Public Utilities Department, RMC led the regulatory activities, facilitated workshops, and authored the CDPH proposal. Managed by RMC’s Tom Richardson, our team was supported by consultants from CDM Smith, Flow Science, DDB Engineering, and Michael R. Welch Consulting whose combined work provided CDPH and independent experts from the National Water Research Institute with the data needed to validate the findings and approve the project concept.
Top 200 Environmental Firms of 2012
For the sixth year in a row, RMC has been named one of the top 200 Environmental Firms as compiled by Engineering News Record. Companies are ranked based on gross revenue reported in 2011 for providing environmental services and products to domestic and international markets.
Malibu Legacy Park Receives ASCE Region 9 (California) Engineering Project of the Year Award
Malibu Legacy Park has been selected as the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Region 9 Project of the Year. Region 9 consists of all of California and is one of the largest regions in the country. RMC’s Steve Clary managed the project and led the design, on this project, which involved an 8 acre-foot vegetated stormwater detention basin, intermittent wetlands, and a 15-acre riparian habitat.
This is the second Project of the Year award for this innovative, landmark project, the first being the American Public Works Association's (APWA) Southern California Chapter Project of the Year award. In addition, it has been recognized with four other awards. For more information about Legacy Park, visit www.malibulegacy.org.
Malibu Legacy Park Receives the CWEA 2011 Engineering Achievement Award (Los Angeles Basin Section)
Malibu Legacy Park received the Los Angeles Basin Section’s 2011 Engineering Achievement Award presented by the California Water Environment Association (CWEA). RMC planned and designed this multi-benefit clean water project, which embodies the City of Malibu’s commitment to water quality and the environment. The CWEA Awards Program recognizes outstanding achievements within the wastewater industry and related fields that stimulate public awareness of the importance of wastewater treatment to public health and the water environment.
This is the fifth award for the Malibu Legacy Park project, which previously received:
- The first ever 2011 Sustainable City Award presented by Senator Fran Pavley
- 2011 Outstanding Stormwater Best Management Practice (BMP) Implementation presented by the California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA)
- Two 2011 Outstanding Sustainability Project Awards (on the branch and regional levels) presented by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
- 2011 Project of the Year Award presented by the American Public Works Association's Southern California Chapter.
To learn more about Legacy Park, click here for a PDF of its additional features and highlights, view the Legacy Park article in Civil Engineering magazine, or visit www.malibulegacy.org.
Top 500 Design Firms of 2012
For the sixth year in a row, RMC has been named one of the top 500 Design Firms as compiled by Engineering News Record. Companies are ranked based on gross revenue reported in 2011 for providing design services to domestic and international markets.
RMC is one of the Top 50 Trenchless Design Firms of 2011
RMC was ranked #42 on the Top 50 Trenchless Design Firms of 2011, published by Trenchless Technology Magazine last December. A few notable projects RMC has worked on that involved trenchless elements and methods include:
- $16-million, 15-mile regional brine pipeline for Yucaipa Valley Water District, which involved two horizontal directional drills with 2400 LF, 20 inch diameter HDPE
- $8-million trunk sewer improvements for the City of Santa Clara that involved open cut and pilot tube guided auger boring and crossings of a creek, railroad, and expressway
- 12,000 LF recycled water pipeline for Inland Empire Utilities Agency with tunneled crossings of Interstate 210 and the Etiwanda Creek Flood Control Channel
RMC combines the technical, regulatory, environmental, institutional, public perception, and funding knowledge necessary to help you identify and implement the best indirect potable reuse (IPR) opportunities.
RMC is leading the quickly evolving regulatory discussion on IPR through our ongoing work on the Los Angeles Valley Groundwater Replenishment Project and the San Diego Reservoir Augmentation Project, and our participation on California’s Direct Potable Reuse Committee and leadership in WateReuse Association’s Potable Reuse Committee.
Click here to learn more about RMC's IPR capabilities!
RMC Secures $87M in Proposition 1E Funding
RMC client projects have been recommended to receive $87 million from the Proposition 1E Stormwater Flood Management grant program. RMC wrote the grant applications securing over 54% of the $163 million available in Round 1 funding. Final recommendations are expected by December 2012. RMC is widely acknowledged for our success in grant writing for a variety of regional, State and federal programs. In particular, we have helped clients obtain $355 million in grant funding from the California DWR Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Program.
Proposition 1E is part of the IRWM Program authorized by California voters in 2006. The grants are designed for projects that manage stormwater runoff to reduce flooding and yield multiple benefits including groundwater recharge, water quality improvements, ecosystem restoration, and reduction of instream erosion and sedimentation. For more information on our grant support services, please contact Kathy Caldwell.
RMC's Downtown Los Angeles Location
To enhance service to RMC’s Los Angeles clients,
RMC has opened an office downtown.
Our new address is:
515 S. Flower Street, 36th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071
In addition to our Los Angeles office, RMC will continue to serve southern California clients from offices in Santa Monica, Irvine, and San Diego, as well as four other offices across the state.
Malibu Legacy Park Featured in Civil Engineering
RMC Water and Environment’s Steve Clary led the planning and design of Malibu’s Legacy Park, a multi-benefit project that improves water quality in Malibu Creek, Malibu Lagoon, and Surfrider Beach, and protects and restores natural resources. Learn more about the Legacy Park at www.malibulegacy.org
Legacy Park’s innovative stormwater management features are highlighted in the March 2011 issue of Civil Engineering Magazine.
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RMC Water and Environment and WRIME, Inc. Have Merged to Provide More Integrated Services to Meet Today’s Complex Water Management Needs
The combination of RMC Water and Environment and WRIME, Inc. will provide our clients with important new capabilities including:
- Expanded water resources planning expertise to provide fully integrated strategic surface water and groundwater planning capabilities
- Robust hydrologic and hydrogeologic modeling and information management tools, tailored to manage information that yields better, more integrated results
- Full range of engineering services to local, regional, state, federal, and private entities throughout California and other western states
The combined firm, RMC Water and Environment, provides local, regional, state, and federal agencies with access to over 110 highly qualified professionals with specialized expertise in water resources, hydrologic modeling, information management, water recycling, and wastewater engineering and planning.
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RMC Water and Environment and Oakley Water Strategies Have Merged to Set a New Standard
Enhanced services of our integrated firms include:
- NPDES Permit Negotiation and Compliance
- Mixing Zone and Dilution Studies
- Water Quality Studies
- Collaborative Programs with Regional Water Quality Control Board
- Sanitary Sewer Overflow Control Programs
- Site-Specific Objectives and TMDL Development
- General Wastewater Regulatory Compliance
The combined company, RMC Water and Environment,
provides local, regional, and state- wide public agencies
with access to over 100 highly qualified professionals
with specialized expertise in water resources, water recycling,
and wastewater engineering and planning.
Top 200 Environmental Firms of 2011
For the fifth year in a row, RMC has been named one of the top 200 Environmental Firms as compiled by Engineering News Record. Companies are ranked based on gross revenue reported in 2010 for providing environmental services and products to domestic and international markets.
Top 500 Design Firms of 2011
For the fifth year in a row, RMC has been named one of the top 500 Design Firms as compiled by Engineering News Record. Companies are ranked based on gross revenue reported in 2010 for providing design services to domestic and international markets.
Top 500 Design Firms of 2010
For the fourth year in a row, RMC has been named one of the top 500 Design Firms as compiled by Engineering News Record. Companies are ranked based on gross revenue reported in 2009 for providing design services to domestic and international markets.
Top 200 Environmental Firms of 2010
For the fourth year in a row, RMC has been named one of the top 200 Environmental Firms as compiled by Engineering News Record. Companies are ranked based on gross revenue reported in 2009 for providing environmental services and products to domestic and international markets.
Watsonville Area Water Recycling Project Wins 2009 WateReuse Award of Merit
The Watsonville Area Water Recycling Project has received an Award of Merit from the WateReuse Association. The award recognizes projects that have advanced the acceptance of water reuse through outstanding quality projects. The Watsonville Area Water Recycling Project provides 4,000-acre-feet of tertiary treated recycled water for agricultural irrigation in California’s Pajaro Valley, located in the heart of the Monterey Bay area. Major components of this project include a 7.7-mgd treatment facility and a 20-mile coastal distribution system. In operation since March 2009, the $48-million project was built through a close partnership of the Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency and the City of Watsonville. RMC completed the feasibility study, helped secure funding, developed the treatment process, and designed this award-winning project.
RMC's San Francisco Office Receives Green Business Certification
In July 2009, RMC’s San Francisco office was officially recognized as a San Francisco green business following demonstration of key “green” practices such as recycling and composting; use of energy and water efficient appliances, and use of sustainable products.
RMC Offsets Business Travel with Donation to Carbon Offset Program
This year RMC has offset our business-related travel by purchasing carbon offsets for approximately 272 metric tons of CO2. According to EPA estimates, our contribution offsets the equivalent of 900,000 airline passenger miles, or 600,000 vehicle passenger miles. Our contribution will go directly to funding a biodigester facility in California that captures methane from animal waste and uses it to produce clean bioenergy. The carbon offsets were purchased through Carbonfund.org, calculated using the American Carbon Registry/Environmental Resources Trust’s Monitoring, Reporting & Verification Protocol, and verified by Environmental Resources Trust.