In The Field

Water Year 18 (WY18) Rain-on-Snow Event

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 [...]

Water Year 18 (WY18) Rain-on-Snow Event2018-03-30T23:42:32+00:00

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) aka Drone

As a pioneer in developing and utilizing specialized tools for geomorphic and hydrologic studies Balance regularly deploys new technologies, in 2017 Balance purchased two Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). We have two FAA Remote Pilot Airman Certificated pilots, Brian Hastings and Eric Donaldson. UAV technology has endless applications in geomorphic and hydrologic studies. Here at Balance [...]

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) aka Drone2018-01-03T23:34:58+00:00

Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler

Streamflow The Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) is regularly used to measure streamflow in high-flow situations when water is too deep and fast to wade. In these situations, the ADCP can provide accurate detail about flow, as well as the channel geometry. For example, on February 21st, 2017 Coyote Creek flooded throughout areas in San [...]

Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler2017-12-29T21:29:43+00:00

Streamwood Use in Restoration Projects and Woodjam Safety Assessments

Balance Hydrologics staff have extensive understanding of the important role of streamwood placements in restoration projects to increase habitat, passage potential, and hydraulic complexity in streams. At the same time, we understand safety and flood control needs of a community with respect to woody materials that can transport downstream and create woodjams at locations where [...]

Streamwood Use in Restoration Projects and Woodjam Safety Assessments2017-12-30T05:03:54+00:00