Hydrology & Hydraulics

Carmel River Reroute and Dam Removal

California American Water (CAW), the State Coastal Conservancy (SCC) and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), the project owners, cooperatively removed the San Clemente Dam on the Carmel River, Monterey County, California.  San Clemente Dam was 106 feet tall and constructed in 1921.  After more than 10 years of alternatives analysis, dam removal [...]

Carmel River Reroute and Dam Removal2020-04-27T22:37:43+00:00

Yerba Buena Pedestrian Bridge Design

Yerba Buena Creek, in the Evergreen neighborhood of San Jose, has become deeply incised, likely beginning near 1968, which correlates to when suburban development began in the watershed. As part of a Project team including Jacobs Engineering and Callander Associates, Balance collaborated on the design of a pedestrian bridge replacement over the creek that [...]

Yerba Buena Pedestrian Bridge Design2020-04-23T17:41:23+00:00

CSA 50 Flood Control Plan

Balance Hydrologics was the lead for an inter-disciplinary team that was selected to prepare an updated flood control plan for the Carmel River in County Services Area 50, which encompasses the north overbank areas of the river from Mission Fields upstream to Val Verde Drive in the County of Monterey, California.  The study included [...]

CSA 50 Flood Control Plan2020-04-23T16:20:15+00:00

Bear Creek Lower Meadow Restoration Design

Balance Hydrologics conducted the Bear Creek watershed assessment in 2017. A priority project identified in the assessment was restoration of the Bear Creek Lower Meadow. The creek is severely incised through one of the largest remaining meadows in the watershed with some of the largest remaining cottonwood trees. Stormwater generated from development in the [...]

Bear Creek Lower Meadow Restoration Design2020-03-28T02:43:01+00:00

Lacey Meadows Watershed Assessment

Balance Hydrologics led a multi-disciplinary group to serve as the consulting team to Truckee River Watershed Council (TRWC) and Tahoe Donner Land Trust (TDLT) to characterize watershed conditions and identify restoration and land management objectives for the Lacey Meadows watershed. The study aimed to identify areas that are functioning well and inventory areas that [...]

Lacey Meadows Watershed Assessment2020-03-28T02:44:13+00:00

Sardine Meadow Restoration Design

The Truckee River Watershed Council (TRWC) partnered with the Trust for Public Land (TPL) and the U.S. Forest Service Tahoe National Forest (TNF) to restore Sardine Meadow, a 900-acre meadow located in the Davies Creek watershed.  Extensive historical disturbance resulted from road and railroad construction for logging and milling operations.  More recent ranching activity [...]

Sardine Meadow Restoration Design2020-03-28T01:03:21+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