EWRG November Meeting Announcement

DATE:    Wednesday, November 18th, 2015
PLACE:  Hawthorne Lucky Lab Brew Pub, 915 SE Hawthorne Blvd
TIME:     11:30 a.m. Networking, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Presentation
SPEAKER:  Leonard Rydell, PE, PLS, WRE
TOPIC:  Riverbend Landfill: A Historical Perspective

Waste Management has submitted an application for a 29-acre expansion of the Riverbend Landfill. Oregon DEQ is currently reviewing the application documents: http://www.deq.state.or.us/nwr/RiverbendLandfill.htm. This polarizing topic has garnered much public interest from environmental activists who oppose the expansion of the landfill. Leonard’s presentation will address the history of the Riverbend Landfill; he will review environmental questions our profession asks when permitting a landfill site, focusing on the engineering and design questions related to this project including floodplain risk and seismic design.

riverbend landfill

Leonard Rydell is a registered professional engineer in Oregon and Washington, a Professional Land Surveyor and a Water Rights Examiner in Oregon. He began practicing in 1975 providing engineering, surveying and water rights examiner services. Mr. Rydell is a native Oregonian who grew up in Grand Ronde and graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1968.  He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Greater Yamhill Watershed Council, and the Professional Land Surveyors of Oregon.  He was chairman of the board of the Professional Land Surveyors of Oregon in 1988 and is presently Secretary of both the Yamhill Chapter of Oregon Small Woodlands Association and the Yamhill Watershed Stewardship Fund.

EWRG October Meeting Announcement

DATE:    Wednesday, October 28th, 2015
PLACE:  Hawthorne Lucky Lab Brew Pub, 915 SE Hawthorne Blvd
TIME:     11:30 a.m. Networking, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Presentation
SPEAKER:  Mike Baker, P.E., David Evans and Associates, Inc.
TOPIC:  Sellwood Bridge Replacement – A River Runs Under It


As the Owner’s representative, David Evans and Associates, Inc. (DEA) is working with Multnomah County to administer the $318M Sellwood Bridge replacement project.  As DEA’s project manager, Mr. Baker will provide an environmentally-focused project overview and update.  The Sellwood Bridge replacement is Multnomah County’s largest capital project to date.  While the spotlight and public interest are commonly focused on the evolving arched main spans and highway interchange, this presentation will showcase several noteworthy project features that demonstrate environmental stewardship.  Just a few of the examples to be covered include:

  • Moving the old Sellwood Bridge to decrease the project’s environmental footprint
  • An innovative approach for compact cofferdams
  • Enhanced stormwater management
  • Enhanced fish/wildlife passage
  • Significant re-forestation and planting program
  • Oregon’s first Greenroads registered project

Mike Baker, PE is a Vice President with David Evans and Associates, Inc. (DEA) with 24 years’ experience managing the inter-disciplinary coordination among public involvement, planning, environmental, design, and construction personnel needed to deliver multi-modal transportation projects.  In addition to the Sellwood project, Mike has contributed his leadership and technical expertise in the service of planning and delivering some of Oregon’s largest and most complex transportation projects, such as

  • Willamette River Bridges Capital Improvement Program
  • Sunrise Corridor
  • Columbia River Crossing
  • OR Highway 217 Corridor
  • Interstate 5- Delta Park Widening

Additionally, Mike serves as the firm’s Oregon Region Transportation Business Development Leader and Director of the firm’s Future Leader program focused on building the leadership capacity of early career professionals.  Before joining DEA, Mike completed four-years of active duty military service as an officer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.