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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 ( 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.

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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

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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


GRA's SGMA Conference - Tools for developing a GSP

May 3 | Sacramento Convention Center | Modesto, CA

5/3 | Enrique Lopezcalva presented – “Progressive Development of DSS tools and GW Models for GSPs”

ACWA 2017 Spring Conference & Exhibition

May 9–12 | Monterey Marriott and Portola Hotel & Spa

Hospitality Event
Tuesday, 5/9 | 6:00 p.m. | Cibo Ristorante Italiano

Thank you for attending the RMC, a Woodard & Curran Company's event in Monterey. We look forward to seeing you at the next ACWA conference.

EWRI World Environmental & Water Resource Congress

May 21–25 | Sacramento Convention Center | Sacramento, CA

5/23 at 8:30 a.m. | Rachel Gross is presenting – “Using a Systems Model to Analyze Climate Change Impacts on Water Supply and Demand”

5/23 at 8:30 a.m. | Leslie Dumas is presenting – “Implementing SGMA: An Update on California’s Foray into Groundwater Regulation”

5/24 at 10:30 a.m. | Brian van Lienden is presenting – “Sacramento and San Joaquin Basins Study: Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Strategies in California’s Central Valley Water System”

AWWA Annual Conference 2017

June 11–14 | Philadelphia Convention Center | Philadelphia, PA

Leslie Dumas is presenting – “Implementing SGMA: An Update on California’s Foray into Groundwater Regulation”

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 ”

Poster Presentations:

Rob Morrow is presenting – “Groundwater Replenishment with Recycled Water on Agricultural Lands”

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

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

Carrie Del Boccio is presenting – “Bringing New Water Supplies to California’s Parched Central Valley”

New Hires


Susan Hsu - Environmental Engineer Susan is a wastewater treatment design engineer with experience on various types of projects including a primary effluent flow equalization tank, disinfection chemical facilities and a biosolids composting facility. She has experience with feasibility evaluations, preliminary design reports, detailed construction documents, and construction management.

Matt Elsner - Senior Civil/Environmental Engineer Matt has 23 years of experience with recycled water, water quality, and water conservation projects. Prior to recently joining RMC, Matt was a principal civil engineer with a major public utility in southern California and a Civil Engineer with a public water utility in southern Arizona. He has served as editor of the WateReuse Association Los Angeles section newsletter since its inception in 2010.

Rudy Calderon - Environmental Planner Rudy recently joined RMC as an environmental planner. He effectively analyzes technical sources of information such as zoning regulations, land use designations, utility infrastructure data, air quality impact studies, biological impact analyses, hazardous materials analyses, cultural/archaeological resource findings, noise study results, traffic analyses and geotechnical reports, synthesizing them into effective and important parts of team-produced environmental review documents.

Martha de Maria y Campos – Water/Wastewater Engineering Martha joins RMC after attending California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo where she completed her master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering. Her graduate project focused on a preliminary design recommendation of a small scale treatment wetland for a rural community in India experiencing contaminated domestic water issues.

David Haug – Civil Engineer David is an Infrastructure Design Engineer with 20 years of prior design and construction experience with a large regional wastewater treatment and collection system agency. His work ranged from developing environmental documentation and feasibility reports for a large, decade long, capital improvement project to designing and managing the construction of conveyance system improvements and treatment facility upgrades. He also has experience with evaluating ocean outfall systems.

Janet Fordunski – Civil/Environmental Engineer Janet has 10 years of experience in water resources planning, design, permitting, and construction with specialization in potable water treatment and compliance. In addition, Janet has knowledge of wastewater treatment, pipelines, stormwater, instrumentation and controls, recycled water systems, pump stations and standby generators. She has experience in project management for municipal, water district, tribal, and private sector clients.

Community Outreach


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.

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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.

RMC staff pose with donated backpacks

San Francisco Firefighter’s Toy Program

Staff from our San Francisco office purchased toys to donate to the San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program. As shown in the attached picture, gifts included stuffed animals, coloring books, footballs, games, and still-popular Frozen merchandise. The SF Firefighter’s Toy Program is San Francisco’s largest and the nation’s oldest program of its kind. Since 1949, it has evolved from a few firefighters repairing broken toys and bikes for 15 families to, in 2013, 300 firefighters and friends volunteering their time to distribute over 200,000 toys to more than 40,000 disadvantaged children. Besides helping individual families in need, the Toy Program serves many community organizations, including shelters for abused women and children, inner-city schools, children’s cancer wards, and pediatric AIDS units.

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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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