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.

Last Call for Registration to the 2015 Sustainable Stormwater Symposium!

$295 Registration Includes:
– Two day conference
– Breakfast and lunch on both days
– Happy hour (9/16) – Appetizers and drink tickets
– Bicycle BMP Tour
– Post bike happy hour (9/17) – Appetizers and drink tickets

The Symposium will take place in Portland, Oregon on September 16-17, 2015 at the Alberta Abbey (126 NE Alberta, Portland, OR).
The Symposium will include a guided bike tour of local BMPs with speakers ending with a local happy hour on September 16th. Additionally, a technical poster session will provide vendors, consultants, agencies, and students an opportunity to showcase a wide range of sustainable projects. New for 2015, the Symposium will also feature a student poster competition to encourage graduate level research, local networking opportunities, and discussion.

Please feel free to share this announcement with others. For additional information please visit the website at http://www.stormwatersymposium.org/ or contact the program coordination team at program@stormwatersymposium.org.

We look forward to seeing you next week!

Susan Barnes on Turtle Conservation BMPs

turtle Susan Barnes gave an interesting discussion on the preservation of turtles in Oregon. Currently no regulation governs the preservation Best Management Practices, but Susan walked the attendees through the recently published guidance documents, encouraging all to rethink the effect of development on local habitats.