Hydrology & Hydraulics

Hydrology for the City of Santa Cruz Habitat Conservation Plan

Since 2004, Balance Hydrologics (Balance) has assisted the City of Santa Cruz, in cooperation with other project team members prepare a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) for the watersheds from which the community draws its water supply. Balance has and is presently leading HCP efforts focused on (1) hydrologic characterization of watersheds which provide drinking [...]

Hydrology for the City of Santa Cruz Habitat Conservation Plan2019-04-06T01:40:21+00:00

Upper Penitencia Creek Mitigation and Restoration Design for BART to San Jose

Balance Hydrologics was retained to prepare a complete set of construction documents for the mitigation and restoration of Upper Penitencia Creek at the future site of the Berryessa BART station and campus. Mitigation and restoration design is needed to offset impacts related to extension of BART to San Jose. The project offers a unique [...]

Upper Penitencia Creek Mitigation and Restoration Design for BART to San Jose2019-03-15T22:47:36+00:00

Hydrologic Data Acquisition and Management for Alameda County, California

Balance Hydrologics (and OneRain) provides the Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District (District) hydrologic data acquisition and management for maintenance, operation, and monitoring since 2012 to present. The initial contract was limited to Flood Control Zone 12 (Oakland). In water year 2017, Balance expanded our role in the project, taking over operation, [...]

Hydrologic Data Acquisition and Management for Alameda County, California2019-03-15T22:15:16+00:00

Elizabethtown Meadow Trail and Drainage Restoration

In 2011, Balance Hydrologics completed a watershed assessment of the larger Martis Creek watershed which identified priority restoration and re-naturalization projects related to meadow restoration, channel stability, habitat enhancement, groundwater recharge, water quality improvements, flood control, and recreation.  Elizabethtown Meadow, a discharge-slope wetland and formerly a short-lived mining town that existing in 1863, has [...]

Elizabethtown Meadow Trail and Drainage Restoration2018-07-12T16:58:44+00:00

UC Davis Tahoe City Field Lab Stream and Wetland Restoration Design

Balance Hydrologics provided the conceptual and construction-level channel and wetland restoration designs for the UC Davis Tahoe City Field Lab Restoration Project. The field lab is a former fish hatchery in Lake Forest, California, and is surrounded by Polaris Creek and its associated wetlands, including an abandoned spring-fed hatchery pond. The riparian wetland system [...]

UC Davis Tahoe City Field Lab Stream and Wetland Restoration Design2018-07-12T16:59:44+00:00

Update of the Canyon Del Rey Master Drainage Plan, Monterey County

Balance Hydrologics was contracted through the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District to provide an update of the Canyon Del Rey Master Drainage Plan.  This study served to guide future watershed management decisions including drainage infrastructure improvements, sediment management issues, and land use planning. A characterization and evaluation of the watershed was completed to quantify [...]

Update of the Canyon Del Rey Master Drainage Plan, Monterey County2018-06-20T04:44:57+00:00

Knightsen Wetland Restoration and Flood Protection Project

The Knightsen Wetland Restoration and Flood Protection Project is a multi-objective effort on a 645-acre parcel to attenuate flooding in the community of Knightsen, restore a mosaic of wetland and upland habitats for special status species, provide water quality benefits, and provide recreation and Delta access. Acquired by the East Bay Regional Park District, the [...]

Knightsen Wetland Restoration and Flood Protection Project2018-01-16T21:51:00+00:00

Bear Creek Preserve Pond Management Plan

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD) manages numerous water bodies (ponds and lakes) throughout the District – throughout San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. Water impounded in these lakes and ponds is fully adjudicated, however the volume of water in several water bodies is unknown. MROSD requested Balance Hydrologics (Balance) to install staff [...]

Bear Creek Preserve Pond Management Plan2018-01-16T23:26:52+00:00

Upper Truckee Marsh Restoration Design

Beginning in the 1800s and continuing through intense land development in the 1960s and early 1970s, the Upper Truckee River was channelized through Lake Tahoe’s largest delta and marsh complex, which resulted in most of the marsh being dewatered, eroded, or obliterated. In an effort to preserve functioning areas and restore the sediment and [...]

Upper Truckee Marsh Restoration Design2018-01-16T23:43:41+00:00

Verdi CMAR Riverbed Restoration Design

The Nevada Department of Transportation has classified two bridges along Interstate 80 as scour critical, and has contracted Granite Construction on a Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) basis to design and implement a scour protection plan. Balance worked in concert with Wood Rodgers to fulfill environmental permitting requirements for the project, including development of [...]

Verdi CMAR Riverbed Restoration Design2018-01-16T23:47:51+00:00