Water Resources Meeting

When: October 19, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Where: 500 108th Ave NE #1200, Bellevue, WA 98004 (Map)
Logistics: No registration is necessary. Bring your own lunch and contact seattleascewre@gmail.com with questions.

Title:Planning Approach and Outcomes for Future Flood Risk Reduction Projects Along the Cedar River in King County, Washington

Speaker:Dan Heckendorf

Bio:Dan Heckendorf is a senior engineer in the King County River and Floodplain Management Section (RFMS), in Seattle, Washington. During his two years at RFMS, he has worked as project manager and design engineer for flood risk reduction projects, related to: flood protection, bank stabilization, and habitat enhancement. As a member of the Cedar River team, he collaborates with engineers, ecologists, geomorphologists, GIS analysts, permitting experts, and construction experts to plan and design multi-benefit projects that improve floodplain conditions within the basin. Nancy Faegenburg is a program and project manager in RFMS and was project manager for this project. Before working for King County, he worked as a Water Resources Engineer for HDR Engineering, Inc., working primarily on flood risk reduction and habitat enhancement projects. He received his master’s in Water Resources Engineering from the University of Washington and Bachelors in Civil Engineering from the Oregon Institute of Technology. Mark Ewbank is a senior engineer with Herrera Environmental Consultants and the project manager for the consultant contract on the project. Both Nancy and Mark assisted in development of the presentation content.

Abstract:The Cedar River extends from forested headwater areas in the Cascade Mountains to its mouth at Lake Washington in the highly urbanized downtown area of the City of Renton. The upper watershed is managed for municipal water supply and hydropower purposes. Flooding and channel migration hazards have always existed along the Cedar River, but the risks to people and infrastructure have increased over time due to development in close proximity to the river downstream of river mile 21, despite the peak flow attenuation that occurs in the upper watershed. Over 1,500 homes and businesses face risks from major Cedar River flooding, channel migration, and/or roadway access isolation during floods.

In recent years King County has conducted corridor-scale planning for several of the major rivers in the county to inform decisions on future flood risk reduction investments by the King County Flood Control District and others. This presentation will focus on planning conducted in a 21-miles-long corridor of the Cedar River to define specific flood risk reduction projects that could be implemented, their likely inter-related effects, sequencing considerations, costs, benefits, and priorities. The presentation will begin with an overview of the corridor and stakeholders involved in the planning effort, and illustrations of vulnerable development in the floodplain and channel migration zone. The bulk of the presentation will focus on information sources and analysis methods used to determine sub-areas within the corridor to focus further analyses in, and the analysis methods and results used to define specific flood risk reduction projects in those sub-areas and to prioritize implementation of those projects as funding is available in the next 5 to 10 years and beyond. Additionally, the presentation will include discussion of ways in which habitat restoration and recreational uses and amenities were overlain to define where multiple benefits could be achieved. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of how King County intends to use the end products, and lessons learned through the course of the project work that can be useful for others in the region conducting multi-benefit floodplain management planning.

YMF October Community Service Event

Tree Planting

When: October 21, 10:00AM - 2:00PM
Where: Pigeon Point Park, 1901 SW Genesee St, West Seattle (Map)
Join the Nature Consortium staff at Pigeon Point Park in West Seattle for a native tree and shrub planting! Volunteers needed! Event followed by pizza and live music. Please bring water and wear long pants and long sleeves as well as closed toe shoes. Gloves and tools provided!

To sign up for the event or for further information, contact Shirley Wu with questions.

YMF Westside Networking

When: October 26, 5:00PM - 7:00PM
Where: Momiji, 1522 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 (Map)
Join us for the October west side happy hour! Come network, drink, and eat! Appetizers will be provided by YMF! Check out the Momiji Happy Hour Menu
Contact Damani with questions.

ASCE Seattle Sustainability Committee Meeting Register Online

When: November 1, 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Where: Elysian Brewing, 1516 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
What: Please join us for our next ASCE Seattle Sustainability Committee meeting at Elysian Brewing in Downtown Seattle! We will be covering a variety of topics, including: Green Apple Day, ASCE presentation on Envision implementation, committee budget, updates to the committee webpage and social media, recruitment, and other committee activities.

YMF Community Service Event: Seattle MathFest 2017 Register Online

When: November 2, 3:30 - 8:00 PM
Where: Rainier Community Center (4600 38th Ave S., Seattle, WA 98118)
What: We need you to join us at the biggest math party around to show families and community members math like they've never seen it before! Volunteers are needed to play games with kids and families, run event registration, serve food, and set up and break down the event.

You may sign up for one shift or stay for the whole event. All volunteers will receive a t-shirt and light refreshments.

Seattle MathFest Volunteer Shifts:
Event set up (3:30 pm - 4:30 pm)
Hang signs, set up game booths, set up computers for registration, etc.

Volunteer training and main event (4:00 pm - 7:30 pm)
You will receive instruction on your volunteer assignment, ranging from how to play math games and activities with elementary students, to registering guests, to hospitality tasks, and be ready to welcome families when the event starts at 5 p.m.

Event take down (7:30 pm - 8:00 pm)
You will help remove signage, take down game booths, close out computers used for registration, etc.

K-12 Outreach Committee - Volunteering Opportunity

Pacific Science Center's "Engineer It!" Weekend

When: Saturday, November 11
Where: Pacific Science Center, Seattle
What: On Saturday, November 11th we will be hosting a fun and interactive activity booth at the Pacific Science Center and you can join the fun! Our activity booth will be a part of the Pacific Science Center's "Engineer It!" weekend, a festival that celebrates all things engineering. The festival will be a great opportunity for us to have meaningful interactions with local families about how cool the civil engineering profession is. As a volunteer, you'l lead museum guests through the activity (testing gum-drop structures on an earthquake shake table!) and help set-up and take down the booth.

There are (3) volunteer shifts, which are from 10:00a-1:00p, 12:30p-3:30p, and 3:00p-6:00p.

If you have any questions or if you're interested in volunteering please email Brad Strandquist. Please indicate your requested shift.
Hope to see you there!

YMF Fall 2017 Co-Ed Soccer

When: Wednesday Evenings, September 20 - December 20
Where: Seattle Area

What: Looking for a fun way to get some exercise and meet some new people? The YMF soccer is looking for one or two more guys and girls to fill out the roster for Fall Season. All experience levels are welcome.
Contact Leo Moyer if you are interested!

Seattle Design Commission - Positions Open

Jason W Kelly, (206) 615-0494, jason.w.kelly@seattle.gov
Michael Jenkins, (206) 386-4024, michael.jenkins@seattle.gov

New Commissioners Sought to join the Seattle Design Commission

SEATTLE - Mayor Tim Burgess is recruiting to fill two upcoming vacancies on the Seattle Design Commission - one for a licensed Architect and the other for a licensed Professional Engineer. Both positions will start their terms in March 2018.

Commissioners are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. The appointment is for a two-year term. Commissioners are eligible for a second two-year term. The 10‐member commission is comprised of architects, artists, urban designers, urban planners, landscape architects, civil engineers, a member‐at‐large, and one member from Get Engaged, the YMCA Young Civic Leaders Program.

Established in 1968, the Seattle Design Commission advises City officials on design excellence in City funded capital improvement projects, in the City right-of-way, or constructed with City funds. The Commission also advises the Mayor, City Council, and City departments on projects or policies that impact Seattle’s public realm. You can see the scope of our work at www.seattle.gov/designcommission.

Commission meetings are on the first and third Thursdays of each month and occur in the day. In addition, members may serve on commission subcommittees and represent the commission on other City boards or commissions. Commissioners work between 15-20 hours a month. During the term as a commissioner, and six months following the end of the term, commissioners may not contract with the city on any capital improvement project reviewed by the commission. Commission members receive an hourly rate as compensation for their service.

To be considered, please send a letter of interest and resume by December 1, 2017, to:
Mayor Burgess c/o:

Michael Jenkins, Executive Director
Seattle Design Commission
City of Seattle - Office of Planning and Community Development
600 - 4th Avenue, 5th Floor
PO Box 94788
Seattle, WA 98124-7088

ASCE Legislative Committee - Volunteers Needed

Volunteer Needs

ASCE Seattle Section is searching for candidates to fill the role of chairperson of the Legislative Committee. The new State Advocacy Captain is Dr. Conrad Felice.

Candidates for volunteer positions at the local level should have the following qualities and be willing to perform the duties described.
  • Be a leader in the engineering profession and have sound understanding of all aspects of the engineering profession.
  • Understanding of the legislative process and can follow the bills and other initiatives that move across Washington State
  • Communicate frequently and work with the Architects and Engineers Legislative Council to influence our elected leaders regarding the issues ASCE and today's engineers are facing
  • Educate and communicate current legislative issues with the ASCE Seattle membership
  • Educate local and state elected officials on important engineering issues
  • Work with key Washington funding groups and programs to support legislation that is vital to the engineering profession
  • Work with a volunteer committee of engineers to organize events regarding key local legislative issues.
  • Participate in National Level training and fly to Washington DC to participate in a political process where you can share with members of congress your engineering perspective on structures, transportation, water resources, energy, to name a few to help influence program legislation. (Funding for travel, training and accommodations provided to selected volunteers.)
Submit an email to the Seattle Board as soon as practical for a committee role and inform us if you want to attend the November 14th training program in Washington D.C. A second training event will be held in May, 2017 in D.C.

Below is a description of the work that the Legislative Committee participates in.

The Legislative Committee functions in the political arena. The committee can become active in federal, state, county or other governmental issues that are of interest to the profession (such as university engineering budget considerations, issues that affect the practice of or employment of civil engineers, and environmental issues of significance to the profession). The committee is responsible for disseminating information from the AELC pertaining to state legislation. In recent years, the chair of the Legislative Committee has also been the AELC representative. If they are different, the Legislative Committee chair is an alternate to the AELC and shall be responsible for keeping abreast of current activities of the AELC.

The committee reviews proposed legislation and comments on it with regards to its effect on the civil engineering profession. The committee may request the Board take an official stance on certain legislation that is being proposed as appropriate. The committee and its members may also be called upon to testify at Legislative hearings or for other governmental committees (it must be noted that if such testimony is not previously approved by the Board or general membership, such testimony cannot represent the official position of the Seattle Section and is as an individual). The committee should work toward establishing a key contact group of members of the Society who have contacts with elected officials and who would be available to communicate the position of the Section. The committee is generally active prior to and during the sessions of the state legislature. The committee at times seeks the advice of other Section committees that may be more versed on a particular legislation topic. The committee typically sends at least one representative to the Society's annual Legislative Fly-In in Washington D.C.

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