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Woodard & Curran and RMC Water and Environment — National Expertise. Local Focus.

Woodard & Curran Acquires RMC Water and Environment

Woodard & Curran (#80 on the Engineering News-Record Top 500 Design Firms list) has acquired RMC Water and Environment (ENR #456), a 125-person, California-based, environmental engineering company focused on developing solutions to the complex challenges of using and protecting water. The acquisition of RMC expands Woodard & Curran’s national footprint to 26 offices in 12 states, and 48 clean water facilities across the country. The combined firm represents 1,000 engineers, scientists, planners, treatment facility operators, and support staff who expect to deliver more than $200 million in projects this year, strengthening its position as one of the top wastewater firms in the country and elevating it into the top 20 for water resources and supply.

“This marks an important milestone in Woodard & Curran’s history,” explained Woodard & Curran CEO, Douglas McKeown. “We have grown steadily since the firm was founded, maintaining our focus on supporting and empowering our people, working side-by-side with our municipal and private sector clients on some of the most important water and environmental challenges. We are thrilled to be able to bring the people of RMC into the Woodard & Curran team, and to be able to leverage their expertise and experience to benefit our employees and clients.”

“We were at a critical point in our growth,” said RMC President Alyson Watson. “Joining forces with Woodard & Curran allows us to expand our capabilities and offer more to our existing clients, and it gives us a national platform to deliver our expertise in water resources to many new clients.”

RMC was founded in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1998. With an impressive portfolio of large-scale projects, industry leadership in water recycling, and a strong reputation, RMC works for some of the largest cities in California on crucial water resource planning. The firm also provides water and wastewater design services to mid-size communities. Recent projects include preliminary design of the Santa Clara Valley Water District's potable reuse program and design of wastewater treatment plant upgrades for the Cities of Brentwood and Yuba City. Earlier this year, RMC engaged Matheson Financial Advisors to initiate a comprehensive nationwide search for a merger partner that would provide the greatest benefit to both firms. Woodard & Curran was the clear choice, both in terms of service offerings and cultural fit.

Woodard & Curran was founded in Maine in 1979 to help clients address the needs arising out of the Clean Water Act. It has grown steadily since that time with a focus on water and environmental services. Today, the firm works with municipalities, companies, and institutions across a wide range of market sectors to anticipate and solve some of the most important water and environmental challenges in the United States. Recent projects include sewer collection system improvements for the City of Lawrence, MA, design of a wastewater treatment plant for Upper Montgomery Joint Authority in Pennsylvania, and contract operations of the South Sangamon Water District’s water treatment plant in Illinois.

“We have always been a values-driven organization,” said McKeown. “Our mission statement puts our people first, and our growth and success are a direct result of our focus on hiring exceptional people and empowering them to do what they do best. RMC’s history and approach are strikingly similar to our own. The match in values is easily as important as the overlapping set of skills and services across the two firms, and those shared values, expertise, and experience make for a very powerful combination.”

“We made a careful and conscious decision about who to partner with for this process,” added Watson. “Finding a firm that shared our values and had complementary strengths was very important to us. And we found that firm in Woodard & Curran.”

The firms will integrate capabilities beginning immediately, but in the near-term, RMC will retain its focus on serving its clients in California. RMC will operate under a co-branded identity through 2017 and then transition to operating as Woodard & Curran in 2018.

Woodard & Curran (www.woodardcurran.com) has offices in Enfield and Middletown, CT; Duluth, GA; Bangor and Portland, ME; Andover and Dedham, MA; St. Charles, MO; Bozeman, Butte, and Great Falls, MT; Cherry Hill and East Windsor, NJ; Elmira and White Plains, NY; Pittsburgh and Tunkhannock, PA; Providence, RI; and Casper, WY. RMC has offices in Irvine, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, and Walnut Creek, CA.


Hot air balloon over the Napa Valley

Napa Sanitation District Receives National WateReuse Award for Recycled Water Project

Napa Sanitation District’s recent Recycled Water Expansion project was awarded the Agricultural Project of the Year Award from the national WateReuse Association. This award is given to an organization whose project demonstrates that recycled water usage increases agricultural sustainability, helps to conserve energy, and can also provide valuable nutrients to crops. RMC played a part in this important expansion project by designing five miles of distribution pipeline (Milliken-Sarco-Tulocay) which is used to deliver recycled water to agricultural and commercial customers in the Napa Valley.


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North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program EIR/EIS Receives 2016 Outstanding Environmental Analysis Document Award

The North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program EIR/EIS received the 2016 Outstanding Environmental Analysis Document Award from the California Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP). The EIR/EIS was prepared by RMC Water and Environment in cooperation with Horizon Water and Environment, working with the North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program project partners, which include the Del Puerto Water District; City of Modesto and City of Turlock; and the Bureau of Reclamation. The program will deliver up to 59,000 acre-feet per year of recycled water for agricultural use and for state and federal wildlife refuges in the San Joaquin Valley.

AEP is a non-profit association of public and private sector professionals with a common interest in serving the principles underling the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

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New Projects

The following are a few of RMC’s recently awarded projects.

Collections Capacity Evaluation Study

Orange County Sanitation District

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Potable Water Hydraulic Model Update

City of Anaheim

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Recycled Water Distribution System

City of Paso Robles

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Leland Reservoir Replacement CEQA

East Bay Municipal Utility District

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Sly Park Intertie Phase 2

El Dorado Irrigation District

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Potable Reuse Facilities Plan

Goleta Water District

Goleta project overview map

Interbasin Groundwater Flow Evaluation

Butte County

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White Paper on GW Replenishment with Recycled Water on Ag Lands

Water Environment and Reuse Foundation

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Septic System Feasibility Study

Inland Empire Utilities Agency

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Industry Events

 

11th IWA International Conference on Water Reclamation and Reuse

July 23–27 | Long Beach Convention Center | Long Beach, CA

Nathan Chase is presenting – “Keeping San Clemente Green & Clean: Impact of Capturing Urban Runoff on Municipal Recycled Water”


Brian Dietrick is presenting – “LADWP’s Transition to Local Supplies: Recycled Water Reuse from NPR to IPR on DPR”


Brian Dietrick is presenting – “Salt/Nutrient Changes in the San Fernando Valley ”


Brent Sutter along with Steve Ashton from the City of Victorville, will be part of a panel discussion on “Successful Strategies for Sustainable Industrial Water Reuse"


Poster Presentations:

Scott Goldman is presenting – “Maximizing Every Drop: Balancing NPR Demands with IPR Need in the City of Oceanside”


Brian Dietrick is presenting – “More Purified Water: Optimizing Flow to the Alamitos Barrier Project ”

ASCE Pipeline Conference

August 6–9 | Phoenix, AZ | JW Marriott Resort and Spa

Session: Contingency Planning and Design H1 | Monday, August 7th @ 9:30 a.m.

Mike Matson is presenting – “Recycled Water Infrastructure Provides Critical Water Supply in Midst of Drought”

WateReuse Symposium

September 10–13 | Phoenix, AZ | Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel

Session - A3: Big Picture Session – National Perspectives | Monday, September 11 @ 10:30 a.m.

Rob Morrow is presenting – “Coast to Coast: Creative Water Reuse Options in the USA”


Session - B7: Groundwater Topics | Tuesday, September 12 @ 10:30 a.m.

Rob Morrow is presenting – “White Paper on Groundwater Replenishment with Recycled Water on Agricultural Lands (WRRF-16-03)”


New Hires

 

Hawkeye Sheene - Project Manager 1 — Hawkeye has 17 years of environmental experience in the field of water resources, specifically stormwater and watershed management. She has been working with NPDES compliance since 2002 and developed city and region-wide compliance activities; guided the development of stormwater and urban runoff mitigation projects for municipalities, universities, and private developments; developed grant projects that were awarded over $12 million; and administered large-scale grant projects to successful completion.

Brian Van Lienden - Project Manager 2 — Brian has 17 years of experience in water resources planning and management focusing on California’s Central Valley. His experience includes managing multi-objective studies for statewide and local planning processes; developing planning documents for federal, state and local water agencies; and formulating and analyzing the results of modeling studies involving surface water and groundwater operations, climate change, ecological resources, flood management, economics, hydropower and water quality.

Shalini Trivedi - Environmental Engineer — Shalini is an energetic and resourceful leader and engineer, with and proven ability to solve problems. She has planned and designed water, wastewater, and storm water infrastructure and coordinated construction activities, blending technical expertise with business analysis and pragmatism. Shalini is an innovative, loyal, and results-oriented professional who uses communication and interpersonal skills to build project teams who deliver high quality solutions to clients.

Catherine Achukwu - Environmental Engineering — Catherine is an environmental engineer with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Georgia Tech. Her undergraduate research included crowdsourcing water quality using mobile technology and rapid microbiological tests to assess drinking water risks in rural India as well as Field survey of the Samoa Tsunami of 2009. She also worked on urban sustainability including water/energy use efficiency and sustainable biofuels, focusing on algae related biofuel downstream issues. Additionally, she was a teaching assistant for fluid mechanics at Georgia Tech. Catherine has technical experience in process engineering, project management, hydraulic modeling and GIS.

Rebecca McDonnell - Environmental Engineer — Rebecca is an environmental planner with a Master’s degree in Environmental Management with a focus in Environmental Economics and Policy from Duke University of Durham, North Carolina. Her graduate research focused on quantifying the environmental impact of manufacturing carbon fiber and aluminum bicycles, and included a life-cycle assessment to understand which aspects of the manufacturing process were most impactful and a survey to gauge consumer interest in sustainably manufactured bicycles. Becky also has experience in city planning and permitting as well as sustainable finance.

Ethan Akerman - Environmental Engineering — Ethan is a recent graduate from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo where he completed his master’s degree in water engineering. He was on a team that designed a waste water treatment plant for Morro Bay, CA. He led the logistics sub-team in their efforts for siting the plant and complying with regulations. He has also worked on a pump station design, a groundwater remediation study, and a habitat analysis of rivers using ArcGIS.


Community Outreach

 

Walnut Creek staff pose with donated backpacks

Family Giving Tree's Back-to-School Drive

The RMC Bay Area offices participated in a Back-to-School Drive with the Family Giving Tree (FGT) this summer. FGT's Back-to-School Drive was launched in 1995 with the goal of “closing the educational gap for in-need K-12 students.” Together, the San Jose, San Francisco, and Walnut Creek offices donated 34 backpacks filled with school supplies, an additional 60 Kindergarden-1st grade school supply kits, and over $550 in online/cash donations - totaling a value of almost $3,000! The San Francisco office also received donations from Lotus Water, a partner on our joint-venture contract with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). Our contributions to FGT help students around the Bay Area.


RMC staff watering plants at the LEJ nursery

LEJ's Native Plant Nursery and Community Garden

The SF office employees got their hands dirty on July 15th volunteering at the Literacy for Environmental Justice’s (LEJ) Native Plant Nursery and Community Garden. The volunteers spent the morning doing a variety of tasks around the garden including cleaning seeds, hauling dirt, weeding and watering the demonstration garden and nursery, cleaning pots, and sewing seeds. The day ended with a picnic lunch with LEJ staff and other volunteers. LEJ actively works with youth, SF residents, educators, and volunteers to restore ecology, improve environmental health, and strengthen community in southeast San Francisco.


Walnut Creek staff after working hard pulling invasive species.

Earth Day Cleanup

To celebrate Earth Day, staff from the Walnut Creek office and our friends and family volunteered at the Oakland Zoo. They spent the morning removing grass under trees and pulling thistle by the zoo entrance. The zookeepers informed us that the thistles are fed to animals like giraffes, whose leathery mouths can handle the prickly plants.


RMC staff working in the South County Outreach thrift store

South County Outreach Thrift Store

In December, members of our Irvine office donated their time to the South County Outreach Program's thrift store. The volunteers worked to sort, organize, and clean donated toys, books, and other items. South County Outreach operates the Upscale Resale Thrift Store to support the agency’s mission. South County Outreach distributes clothing vouchers to clients to shop at Upscale Resale to help with the cost of clothing and other household necessities. The revenue that is generated by the store assists with operational costs.


RMC staff pose with donated backpacks

Concord Child Care Center's Adopt-a-Family program

Members of our Walnut Creek office purchased toys and clothing specifically requested by families through the City of Concord Child Care Center's Adopt-a-Family Program. The donated items ranged from warm winter coats and shoes, to sports equipment and action figures. Staff wrapped the presents and delivered them to the program's office; assisting 6 families and 15 children in all.

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Water Chat

 

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RMC Water Chat

Visit the RMC Water and Environment Chat where you can learn about recent engineering industry news, project innovations and successes, and insight into regulations and legislation that may affect the California water resources industry.

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