On April 19, 2018, we lost a dear friend, a colleague, and part of Balance's core when Leslie Mack Kizzee was taken by cancer. For 20 years in her roles as Administrative Assistant, Office Manager, Personnel Manager, Vice President, Chief Operations Officer, Corporate Secretary, Shareholder, and Director, Leslie provided the operational support to allow our technical staff to work [...]
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Balance engineers develop dam inundation maps for a variety of client needs, of late these efforts have been focused on SB 92, signed into law on June 27, 2017 by Governor Brown. SB 92 set forth new requirements focused on dam safety, as part of this legislation, dam owners must now submit inundation maps [...]
The Balance Truckee office likes to remind Berkeley and Santa Cruz staff that monitoring in the Sierra's isn't as glamorous as it's made out to be. Balance Truckee staff monitored this major rain-on-snow event on March 22, 2018 by measuring flow in these less than warm conditions. The drone image captures creek flooding at [...]
Climate Change Symposium: Projecting the Effects of Climate Change on Local Surface Water and Groundwater Supplies
In 2017 Dr. Kealie Pretlav presented this poster at the Climate Change Symposium, this approach for water resources planning has become an integral part of both Balance's water resources and habitat restoration practice. Projecting the Effects of Climate Change on Local Surface Water and Groundwater Supplies Kealie Pretzlav1, Shawn Chartrand1, Gary Fiske2, Jonathan Keck3 [...]
Happy Anniversary Dana & Leslie! Leslie Mack Kizzee has been with Balance since 1998, 20 years! Leslie’s career at Balance illustrates the opportunity for growth here at Balance. With a degree in communications and a knack for getting things done, Leslie quickly grew her career from an Administrative Assistant, to Office Manager, to Human [...]
Happy Anniversary Gustavo, Jonathan, Montana, Rachel & Scott! Gustavo Porras celebrates his 20th year with Balance, he’s a veteran field geologist with a focus on groundwater, site-scale instrumentation, and installation of wells, piezometers, or controls. Gustavo’s favorite project is Hicks Mountain Ranch, where he has directed development, installation, and finetuning of the real-time water-management [...]
Happy Anniversary to Zan, Brian, and Eric! Zan Rubin worked with Balance from 2005-2007 and again since 2015, 2018 marks his fifth year working with Balance. Zan spent his time away from Balance earning his Ph.D. in Environmental Planning from University of California, Berkeley and his M.S. Geosciences from Colorado State University. We’re pleased [...]
Here at Balance, we have an annual company-wide photo contest. Employees are given minimal guidelines: 1) The photo must be related to Balance. 2) Staff can enter as many photos as they’d like. We received 35 entries from 10 staff members whose photos included staff, field days, water-related, and landscapes views. [...]
Pre-fire planning as part of community and habitat planning Post-fire planning does not always begin with smoldering slopes. Rather, it has an important and growing role in general, specific and facility plans. The frequency of wildland fires in the western states is expected to increase by 12 to 70 percent by the year 2070, [...]
Balance staff gathered on Saturday, September 16, to volunteer with South Yuba River Citizens League – SYRCL, for the Yuba River Cleanup. We started our day in the creeks cleaning up all kinds of random things, Colleen’s husband even found $10! The report from SYRCL of the day's success: 886 volunteers, removed 12,733 pounds of [...]